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Dear Sandy,
Accepted at both HBS and Wharton. Thanks a million.
Your suggestions, both at the time of making the application and at the time of interview, were immensely helpful.
( I also applied to Insead, where I was accepted, to Stanford Round 2, which is being evaluated, and to London Business School, which was a ding without interview).
Any words of wisdom on HBS vs Wharton ?
Regards,

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Sandy,
I wanted to drop you a quick note to say thanks for your help this fall with my Stanford essays. It was a long and painful process but one that eventually paid off. I think X [guy at left, her BF] told you I got into Stanford and Harvard. I am really excited. I'm going to visit both schools for Admit Weekend in the next month.
Also, wanted to send you a copy of both my Stanford essays. Your help was really invaluable and I think you'll see a lot of it reflected in both essays. Unbelievable that I would think this (given I started writing in July), but I wish I had had more time to work on them.

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Hi Sandy -- I'd like to let you know that I got into Stanford. Thanks a lot for all your help. I really appreciate it! --
P.S. Here's a list of questions asked during my interview:
[better late than never!!!]
- Why MBA, why Stanford, career goals
- Leadership experience (professional and personal)
- What makes a strong leader
- Strengths and weaknesses
He didn't ask a lot of questions, but we "chatted" for almost an hour. It was pretty casual... he was very nice and informative.

Sandy was the perfect business school coach. He helped me think about which schools would be most open to my background and how to shape my essays so they painted a complete picture. He steered me in the right direction  early, which saved me a lot of time and rewriting. Sandy was clear and direct in his comments, and as always, right on target. The odds were definitely against me, but with Sandy's help I got into HBS as a reapplicant! I also got into Wharton. I couldn't have done it without his help. It was definitely the best money I ever spent! I would recommend itto anyone."
Sandy, I'll be in touch in the fall. Thank you for all your help! Take
care,

Hi Sandy,
I guess I am one of the lucky ones to successfully get off the wait list at HBS!!! I just waited, no strategy, letters, big foot interventions, etc.
Thanks for all of your excellent, no nonsense comments ....Thanks again,

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Sandy:
They took me sight unseen. [this was a while ago, when HBS did not interview everyone]. I guess those essays were SO brilliant that they felt they knew me intimately.
(By the way, I took the GMATs in '96, so I think I was before this centering crap.)
I will keep you posted, and thanks again. I'm pretty sure this wouldn't have happened if I'd used my first draft of essays.
Now I really want to buy you a beer. Keep me posted as your schedule opens up.

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Sandy,
I've been admitted to Columbia for Fall 2004! I just wanted to let you know that I'm pretty sure I would have been dinged if I hadn't gone to you. Of all the decisions I've made regarding business school, going to you was clearly one of the best. Thanks so much for helping make this year long project a huge success. Not that you need the business, but I will definitely be telling all my friends about your services.
Thanks again,

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To: Sanford Kreisberg <hbsguru@gmail.com>
Subject: Money well spent

Sandy,
I just received notification that I was accepted to the Wharton program! I don't think there is a clearer example of your expertise making the difference. I was dinged across the board by top-5 schools last year and was admitted this year.
Thank goodness, now I can spend the holidays trying to score with a few more hot California women instead of scrambling to come up with reasons why I *really* want to go to some ridiculous school like Purdue.
Best regards, 

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Subject: Re: My Wharton Interview

Sandy: Thanks so much for helping me get into Wharton. When I first started the essay process, I had no idea what I was doing. Although your comments were harsh sometimes, they were right to the point. I couldn't have done it without you!!!

 

 

[before] I pulled the trigger at about noon today on the application and I think that it actually turned out really well. I justed wanted to say thanks for all of the help. Your contributions made a world of difference to my essays and I think they put together a good story.
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[after] I wanted to let you know that I got into HBS. Thanks so much for the help with my essays. I'm sure they made the difference from last year. Thanks again,

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Sandy-
Thank you so much! Today, I am the happiest man in the
world! :) I am admitted by MIT!!!!!!!!
Thanks again for your help!

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Dear Sanford,
I have been admitted to MIT Sloan and would like to express my deepest gratitude to you for your assistance and guidance during the MBA application. Your frankness and honesty were of invaluable help and the effort certainly paid off.
Sincerely,

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Hi Sandy,
I just found out I got into HBS. So now I'll decide between HBS and Wharton / Lauder. I'm leaning towards HBS.
Thank you SO much for all your help! You have been amazingly helpful.
I also recommended you to a number of friends who will probably be contacting you in the next one or two years-- xx (a McK friend) and my brother ----- (who currently works at ------ but is a much better B-school candidate than me).
You've been crucial every step of the way. Thank you!

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Dear Sandy,
Wanted to let you know I got the call from DB, and I'm off to Stanford in September. (YAAAAAY!!!!!) Thank you very much for your frank criticism of my essays and interview responses.

I had been a little bitter b/c client committments kept me from attending BCG's internal essay and interview clinic, but looking at the relatively small number of BCGers on the GSB bulletin board, clearly I got the better route!

If you ever find yourself in SF and thirsty, I hope you'll let me buy you a beer.

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Sandy,
Heard from HBS last Friday. Got in!! The Director of Admission actually called me up directly at work to give me the news. It has been a long and painful wait but very well worth it! Just want to say THANK YOU for your help along the way. Your suggestions on essays were very thoughtful and extremely helpful.
The interview also went really well. The interviewer was really interested to know what my leadership and management values/styles are, and we had a very good conversation on the topic.
So, will be heading your way in the fall!
Thanks again!!

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Sandy-
I just got the acceptance from Stanford! Thank you so much for your help.Your service was instrumental, as I know how much the essays weigh on thedecision at this school. I will be sure to recommend you to anyoneconsidering the process, and I'll let you know what happens at the other
places.
Thanks,

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To: Sanford Kreisberg <hbsguru@gmail.com>
Subject: Wharton
Dear Sandy,
I was accepted to Wharton today! I am so thrilled!

I want to thank you again for your help. I would not have made it this far
without you. I truly appreciate it.

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Subject: Re: GOT IN
To: hbsguru@gmail.com
Sandy, Hi!
I got in at Wharton. I am thrilled beyond imagination. This is amazing and your
help made it possible. I also learnt a lot about myself in the process. Thank
you! and keep up the great work.

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Hi Sandy,
Thank you so much! this was really your doing. Thanks  to you my application was clear and convincing, and it  looked NOTHING like the first draft I sent you.
Wharton took me in R-1 as an international with NO  business experience. You made all the parts in my  applications that I viewed as weaknesses appear as
strengths, and you helped me put it all together so  elegantly. It was a hard long process- but it payed  off!! Wharton -- here I come!

Sandy,
I wanted to write and let you know that I got into stanford business school, and will be attending the school next year. Thanks so much for all of your help. As painful as essay A was to write, I'm glad I spent the time on it, and appreciate how hard you pushed me to make it better. Thanks again!

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Dear Sanford,
I applied to 2 schools (Duke and Kellogg), and am in at both! Was offered Keller Scholarship at Duke, but will go to Kellogg.I am so grateful to you - you made me believe in myself, and your sound advice was always there for me. I can only add that you were the only person who I could talk to about my plans, and it made a lot of difference for me.
Thank you so much!

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Hi Sandy,
Just to give you an update. I just got accepted to Wharton this morning. No news on the others yet. Thanks very much again for your help on essays and interviews.

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I should have told you last week when I received the call, but I'M GOING TO STANFORD!!!! Thank you for your help along the way. There is NO DOUBT in my mind that Essay A is the determining factor once you are "qualified" and
you helped me hash out what really matters most to me.
Thanks again Sanford!

Hey Sandy,
I got into MIT/Sloan!!! Thanks so much for your help! The formula you gave me was perfect and exactly what they wanted - mapping out my career path, outlining my goals, and overall, packaging myself into a promising candidate. I certainly didn't fit their mold as an ideal candidate but you helped me market myself well enough to get my foot in the door for an interview.
I had plenty of semi-good stories but wasn't sure what worked. You helped me strip out everything extraneous, keep the good, real stuff, and expand on that. More importantly, you helped me separate myself from the pack and sound interesting and unique.
You gave me feedback instantly and were real and honest with your responses. One thing I needed was tough, critical editing and you provided just that.
Overall, I'd say you were worth every penny. I went to the right guy.
Thanks so much

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Sandy,
I just got the word about HBS. I am ecstatic to say the  least! Thanks for all of your help. I know I would  not be in the same position I am right now without  your guidance along the admissions process. They said that I would have to complete a two  week on-campus analytics program. Do you know
anything about that? Thanks again.

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To: <hbsguru@gmail.com>

I got into wharton. You da man

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Subject: Wharton - GOOD AND DONE :)

Sandy,
In at Wharton!!! Thanks, man. I could not have done it without you. Will keep you posted on the others.
- Vlad

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Subject: Wharton Decision
Sandy - I got in!! I can't thank you enough for all of your help. Your
assistance and advice were the key to getting me over that challenginghump.. Thanks again!

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Admitted to Wharton!!!
Comparing my last-year and this year essays, I realize that work with Sandy made a huge difference. He helps you along the way starting with choosing schools ending with every tiny essay detail. Still, despite the amount of time and effort Sandy put in my essays, they were 100 % 'me.'
I really enjoyed Sandy's prompt, straightforward, and dead-on-point responses. Dry humor did not hurt, too. He does not sugarcoat his points, and this was always the kick in the pants I needed to achieve better results.
I would highly recommend Sandy as a true professional with a great deal of knowledge and talent.

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To: <hbsguru@gmail.com>

Sandy,
Looks like I got my official admit today! I’m off to Philly in April. Thank you!!

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I hired Sandy to help me with my Wharton application. He kicked my butt and told me my essays stank long after others said they were great - but that's because he has a high standard and KNOWS WHAT THE SCHOOLS WANT TO HEAR. We went through tons of iterations on my essays and it paid off. IMHO, he's the best for HSW and I don't think I could have gotten in without his brutally honest feedback. I would definitely recommend him to other candidates looking for the best.

 

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