How are you doing, Sir?
I have to tell you this good news. I got in at both HBS and Stanford, and will head for HBS in this summer. I just can't do this without you, and I am so happy I made a good decision and found the coolest professional to help me. I still remember when I first called you to say I only wanna apply to H and S, you told me I was crazy -- and yes now I am crazily happy to have a choice between H and S, and I'm SO GRATEFUL that I met you and had your help. You are just the greatest, Sandy. Now what I worry about is not
whether I can get in at H or S anymore, but which laptop I should buy and how I can get a nice dorm at HBS....
Will keep in touch with you, and see you in Cambridge.With a zillion thanks
To: Sanford Kreisberg <email@example.com>
i got a call!!! i am SO EXCITED!!!
I will be in Palo Alto this weekend for the Admitted Students shindig. I wonder how many of those you had a hand in... FYI: My acceptance letter had a handwritten note saying that my essays were excellent. Thanks again for your help.
I just received my letter of admission from HBS. I couldn't have done it without your guidance. Thank you.
IV. Best things SK did for my essays:
a - vetoed bad essays
b - improved positioning for good essays
c - overall structure help, especially for long essays.
d - taught me how to transform 150 words of BS into a sharp, focused 15 word
Based on my stats, my outcome at top choice school was
WHO KNOWS, I HAVE GOOD STATS BUT GETTING INTO HBS IS ALWAYS A MIRACLE!
As to H/W/S I would rec. SK for the following reasons to the following people:
POSITIONING IN THOSE SCHOOLS IS REALLY TOUGH IN MY OPINION. IE WHAT DO THEY WANT
BESIDES THE OBVIOUS (SMART, LEADERSHIP/MGMT EXPERIENCE). THIS IS PARTICULARLY TRUE FOR HARVARD AND STANFORD, WHARTON SEEMS TO BE A LITTLE EASIER TO FIGURE OUT. I ALSO FEEL THAT PEOPLE WITH ENGINEERING / SCIENCE BACKGROUNDS HAVE MORE
DIFFICULTY WITH WRITING THESE KIND OF ESSAYS AND MAY NEED MORE HELP (LIKE MYSELF).
7. If you use SK, be sure to
1,BUG HIM FOR ANSWERS
2,EXPECT TO BE INSULTED FREQUENTLY
3,DO NOT BE AFRAID TO QUESTION SOMETHING SILLY - BUT EXPECT TO GET SHOUTED AT FOR ASKING IT! (EVEN SO, THESE KIND OF EXCHANGES USUALLY BRING THE MOST IMPROVEMENT TO YOUR EVENTUAL ESSAYS
BEFORE: Stop having second thoughts. Essay two was part. good, and actually added value to the app, instead of just touching the bases.
Both are baggy, loosely structured and a bit lazy, but they read behind them to get to the core story, which is very good.
Once we get there, however, this is absolutely an accomplishment driven
politically correct, service oriented, Stanford essay-- your point on the phone yesterday that essay A was thought driven is just not true, what gives it backbone and force is the organizations you joined, works you organized, etc. Not any great thoughts you had about those activities,
which were, ahem, mildly generic. Did not hurt that your great grand parents ran with Gahndi [before setting up business empire] as well. anyway, you are cert. in the running, and let me know how the interview works out.
I AM IN!!!
I'm thrilled after the dings from H/W and even K!
thanks for your help
Sandy --Wanted to say my heartfelt thanks for helping me
get into Wharton. Looking back, I feel lucky I went to the right guy to seek help on my essays. You are THE best -
I know that I maynot have been in Wharton today
if I had submitted the essays that I had written
on my own.
I guess I can not thank you enuf for making such a huge difference - Really, really appreciate all
i got into kellogg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i think its my first choice,
though i'll wait for stanford. i am deliriously happy already!
THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP WITH THE APPLICATIONS.
I am a talented, highly accomplished professional with a unique story and astronomical test scores. Knowing that performing at the top of my abilities required professional advice, I looked at half a dozen consultants and chose Sandy. The fact that he was the most expensive was a major consideration-in an efficient market, you get what you pay for.
Sandy demonstrated to me that he is as knowledgeable about business and politics as I am (which is, very knowledgeable).
Sandy forced me to analyze the motivation behind my most significant choices of the last ten years.
Sandy picked every piece of BS in my essays- those that I put there knowingly, and those that sneaked there from my subconscious.
Sandy rained on me, day after day, a barrage of shrill questions and obnoxious comments.
Sandy annoyed the hell out of me with repeated demands for more and more rewrites, which ignored the pressures of my day job.
Sandy kept me on track when those pressures almost got the better of me three days before the application deadline.
Could I get without Sandy into a top 5 school? Absolutely.
Could I get without Sandy into the best school in the world? May be. But I didn't get to where I am now by taking unnecessary chances.
I don't care how good you are - you owe it to yourself to hire the best consultant there is.
THE SERVICE WAS A LITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE OTHER CONSULTANTS I HAD RESEARCHED BUT IT WAS DEFINITELY WORTH THE XTRA MONEY. SK HAS A TRACK RECORD OF GETTING APPLICANTS INTO H/S/W THAT OTHER CONSULTANTS DON'T HAVE. HENCE, ITS A BIT MORE EXPENSIVE BUT YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.
DEFINITELY ABUSIVE. BUT ITS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO GET THE JOB DONE. I DIDNT WANT A YES MAN, I WANTED SOMEONE WHO WOULD BE CANDID ABOUT MY ESSAYS AND WEAKNESSES AND SK WAS BLUNT IN TELLING THEM. BY DOING SO, HE MADE SURE I IMPROVED MY ESSAYS. YOU HAVE TO BE THICK SKINNED TO WORK WITH SK BUT HE'S LIKE A COACH, THINKING ABOUT YOUR BEST INTEREST.
SERVICE WAS FAST. TURNAROUND TIME WAS USUALLY A DAY, NEVER MORE THAN TWO DAYS.
THE BEST PART WAS SK'S FEEDBACK ON THE ESSAYS AND HOW I SHOULD SPIN THEM. HE TOOK OUT IRRELEVANT DETAILS AND TOLD ME WHAT I SHOULD FOCUS ON.
I WILL AND HAVE RECOMMENDED THIS SERVICE TO OTHERS BECAUSE HE IS THE BEST CONSULTANT TO HELP YOU IN YOUR MBA ESSAYS. HE IS CANDID ABOUT YOUR CHANCES, HE HELPS YOU SPIN YOUR ESSAYS AND BECAUSE OF HIS TRACK RECORD, HE KNOWS WHAT IT TAKES TO GET IN.
ADVISED ME TO PROVIDE MORE DETAIL. VETOED DUMB IDEAS. GAVE ME POSITIONING. TARGETED ESSAYS FOR DIFFERENT SCHOOLS. BROUGHT OUT MY STRONG POINTS.
GETTING INTO STANFORD WAS A REAL WIN FOR ME.DON'T GET DISCOURAGED IF HE'S VERBALLY ABUSIVE. THAT'S HIS STYLE AND IT WORKS.
just got the news. i'm in at Harvard!!! THANKS, SANDY!
now i'm off to get drunk. =)
I am in at Wharton, last year dinged by Columbia and NYU (of all
places), still waiting to hear from Columbia for 2000. I just wanted
to thank you for all of your help (although it does not come cheap)
and frankly, for anyone who wants to know, you are worth every penny.
Should anyone want to check this reference they can e-mail me at
sandy's help was critical
..to my getting accepted at michigan. i don't have great academics (3.4 state school) or gmat (650). what i did have was superb experience in consulting, from markets in europe, south america, far east, and south e. asia.
my problem was that, as an intl applicant, i did not know:
a) what the adcoms were looking for in the essays, b) how to maximize my chances of getting in by correlating my past to my future to make the mba a logical step, and c) most importantly - how to write the essays to really bring out my unique experiences (my 'only' strengths)
clearly, without sandy's constructive bullets, i would NEVER have been accepted.
i applied to michigan, kellogg, and columbia. so far admit at michigan, wait list at columbia, and no word from wharton (ding most likely).
so , an eloge to sandy, he's worth it, especially if you're unsure about your potential in writing the right essays.
I just heard from the last school about 10 mins ago.
Here's the outcome:
I'm a little disappointed about Harvard, but overall very happy. I checked
the princeton review discussion boards and it looks like guys with a whole
lot more stuff than me were dinged at HBS so that made me feel better. Is
Harvard saving the second round for the white guys?
Couldn't have done it without you, Sandy.
You probably make good bucks doing what you do, but I think you do it 'cause
you love it. And you're damn good at it, too (coming from me, who doesn't
lick anybody's ass). Man, 10 psychologists (and me) wouldn't have seen the
chip on my shoulder, but you're spot on!
Excellent points re unfocused easy-chair ramble and (not)
building on past successes. Presumably these are the obvious interview
topics, assuming I get that far.
Thanks a million
You the man. Just wanted to let you know that I got my acceptance from Wharton today. I definitely could not have done it without your help. You were the difference between my rejected application last year and my accepted one this year.
I got into Harvard! I can't believe it. I got in! I got in! I got in!
I also used portions of the Harvard essays that you edited to put together my Wharton application and I got an interview.
I could not have done it without you. If it were not for your help, my attempt would've failed the same way it did in 1999. Contacting you was the best decision I've made during the application process.
Thank you so much. You changed my life
I learned yesterday morning that I have been admitted to Wharton. Thanks a lot for all your help. I would not have been able to get into Wharton without your suggestions and direction.
You are the man! I got the $.55 special from HBS last night! Without your encouragement I probably would not have even applied there. I have also been accepted to Wharton which makes me 2 for 2 so far. I am going to HBS. This process has been so long that I'm not sure what to do with myself now that it is over - your support made a big difference. I will definitely encourage friends interested in business schools to get in
touch with you.
In at HBS. Now, which to go, HBS or Wharton?
Admitted to Sloan. I am very grateful. Couldn't
have done it without you. You are the amazing
consultant.. Thanks alot!
I'm in!!!! It was really a great surprise!!!
Thank you so much again!!! It was really a wise investment - and you accuratelly predicted that I would be accepted!
Now I have this problem: go to Stanford or HBS? I know your opinion: HBS has strong brand/alumni/resources. However, Stanford has a strong appeal for me: more liberal, more selective, better environment,...But ultimately I think I'll go to HBS, because I'll learn more, get more contacts, and it is less risky...
So, hope to meet you one day in Boston!
Just wanted to share the good news that I got into Stanford! Got the call from Derrick Bolton yesterday afternoon in Hong Kong. I'm really excited about this and wanted to say a big thank you again for all your help with my application. Now I have the choice of Stanford vs. Wharton and will make a decision after I visit both schools. Any advice?
Hey Sandy --
Guess what!!! I just found out that I got into HBS. YAAY! Just wanted to let you know, have of course been e-mailing, calling, screaming into the phone all day to every and any family member, distant relation, poor relation, friend, enemy, you name it. Obviously, without your help and advice, I would have been screwed! Thank you!!!!
What can I say Sandy, you are worth your weight in gold.
If you ever need a testimonial from me (i'm sure you don't, but I'll offer), let me know.
I just found out a few days ago. Sorry I have not written yet. I had an interview and got in HBS!! I also got in MIT and Darden. Those are the only ones I heard from.
Thank you very much for all your help. I am really excited!!
II. the best things were
I think SK'a honesty and direct comments were useful. I prefer that someone is harsh and honest than someone who makes me feel good. I appreciated his ideas greatly as well.
Best things SK did for my essays:
Good ideas, know what schools really ask for and guides you in positioning.
V. Based on my stats, my outcome at top choice school was
normal, but glad I used SK. My stats were on par with the average students, however, using SK gave me assurance, improvement in the content of my essays, and good insight to how to position myself.
1- If you need improvement in the content of your essays.
2-If you do not think you have great stories and need to talk about it in depth with someone
3- If you need assurance and one last approval to their application by someone who knows and understand the process very well.
Thank you, Sandy.
You called it right...
got in at Wharton! I'm psyched. I cant thank you
enough for everything..without your constant egging,
your comments that cut to the chase and your help it
would have been impossible.
thanks a ton, I really owe you one.
[THIS GUY KNOWS HOW TO SAY THANKS. ]
Well, Sandy, your prognostication skills are as good as your essay help. I just got the good word late last night--I'm in!!
I'm very excited, I feel very fortunate. I think Sloan is probably the best fit for me of the top programs. Thanks so much for your help during the app process. It made putting the app together much more fun, especially when I was away from home surrounded by non-English speakers!
I'll keep an eye out for you in Cambridge!!! Thanks again!
I worked with Sandy on my HBS application and he was great. I am a 32 year old engineer with an unusual backround. (GMAT 700/GPA3.6). He was able come up with a strategy to explain my age and fit my story into the strict format of the HBS essays.
I am another 100% satisfied customer of Sandy's. Stats: 740 GMAT, 3.4 GPA in Engineering, 3 years IB, 3 years running my own business. In at Stanford, Harvard, Wharton.
Sandy is focused, blunt, and up front. I worked with him from September to November for first rounds apps. I'm the first to admit that Sandy is not the type to stroke your ego. After my "I'll do anything to get into Stanford" speech, Sandy gave me a reality check. He told me to retake the GMAT (former score 680) which I did while we worked on the many drafts of my essay. It was not a pretty sight, pages of writing I thought were outstanding were deleted, topics reworked, everything was moved around. I wished I had started working with him earlier (it didn't help that Stanford changed its essay topics this year). But I ended up with these essays that were amazing. And those essays got me into Stanford, Wharton, and Harvard.
I am a big fan of Sandy's and highly recommend him to those who are willing to put forth the effort and time to work with Sandy... you need both sides to work well together in order for the magic to work. If anyone has any questions or wants to learn more about my work with Sandy, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will not post all of my stats, but I will say that I have the average stats at Harvard and a very traditional background. I used Sandy and feel that he brought out the more profound and meaningful lessons learned from my leadership examples. After it is all over, I can honestly say that Sandy made the difference and helped me get accepted to Harvard. I would have paid him much more than I did, and his services are well worth it.
International applicant reapplied to Wharton this year and got in.
Sandy helped me polish my reapplication essay. I really appreciate his sharp, straight comments and quick response time. These are very important for international applicants who are unfamiliar with U.S. schools' ways of evaluating candidates.
I'd like to recommend Sandy to others, especially international applicants.
Why am I so happy today?
CUZ I GOT ACCEPTED TO BERKELEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got accepted to Columbia this morning! It's my first-chioce school and
it's the first school to send me a reply, so I'm a happy camper right now.
Thanks again for all your help.
I owe you a dinner! Last week I was admitted to Darden University!
Make it a hat trick. [HBS, TUCK, WHARTON] Wharton called today to extend their invitation.
Now I'm left with the decision. I'm leaning almost overwhelmingly toward HBS, but do you know anything that I don't?
Thanks again for all your help.
I just wanted to let you know that I have been accepted at Wharton. Many thanks for your help with my essays. I have also
been accepted at Harvard and Kellogg. I am still waiting on hearing about the Lauder Institute at Wharton.
I am having a hard time choosing between Wharton and Harvard. I obviously like Harvard´s prestige and network in all corners
of the world but Wharton´s focus appears more global and the administration more amenable to student initiatives.
Any insights are welcome!!
Again - thanks for your help.
Hi there. Hope that you aren't too cold over there. What's going on back east with the weather? If it makes you feel any better,
it's a little drizzly here, so no shorts and t-shirts like I wore a couple of weeks ago!
Honestly, I have been in a daze with reality not quite setting in until recently. I even kept the [HBS AND STANFORD] news
quiet for a couple of days before telling my family. It wasn't until I sat down and wrote that letter to you that I truly started
believing it. Hope you enjoy the wine, already chilled... the east coast weather is quite the bonus!
Thank you again for all your help.
I found out last night that I was accepted to Harvard Business School!!!
Thank you very much for your help and guidance. You really helped me give them what they need to hear and I greatly appreciate your help.
I just got the letter today offering me admissions to the January Cohort. 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. The letter did say that I would have to complete a two week on-campus analytics program. Do you know anything about that? Thanks again.
Since I was able to get into Wharton, I was wondering whether you think I
have any shot at Harvard in its third round (I am sure you have heard this
question many times from people who were admitted to Wharton/Kellogg, etc.) You know my application very well, especially because you worked on the Kellogg one also. I would appreciate if you would share your opinions on my chances of getting into Harvard especially in the third round (I would be a reapplicant to Harvard).
Thanks again for helping me to get into Wharton.
Well, you called it. Break out the Champaigne. I'm in Sloan 2004. Thank you so much for your advice and support. Please let me know if I can be of help in the future.
Sandy is great. I learnt a lot from him: not only how to write concise English, but also the way to think in English. The guy is awesome. Personally, I like his style: strict and blunt. He will never flatter you but you got the REAL improvement.
During the work, Sandy is always strict and sometimes frustrating, but I personally like it because I know that's the way to make results.
As to H/W/S I would rec. SK for the following reasons to the following people:Big ideas and excellent execution for HBS package. SK is good for guys who can think. If you use SK, be sure to be inclusive and work hard. He doesn't write for you
I've finally got good news -- I'm in at MIT!
O, God, it happened.
After ding from Harvard, ding after interview from Wharton, call (!) from Don Martin about WaiList, interview with him and another ding from Chicago, I FINALLY MANAGED THIS RESULT.
I followed your advice of arranging a campaign and get support letters from two more recommeders, alumnae in Moscow (thanks God, Rod Garcia knew her personally), students (MIT guys were in Moscow during Study Tour and I had a chance to convert them; one of them wrote a letter for me)
On April,15th I had the interview in Frankfurt and felt that everything was OK this time. And yesterday I finally got my Congratulations letter.
I'm a bit shocked and can't believe that this marathon of admission (2 years, you know) is going to finish. I realize also how many problems I have to solve: credit, visa, housing, etc.
BUT FIRST OF ALL, thank you, coach... You were the person who cut all shit from my stories. You made me focused on top. And altho I didn't get result from H and W, I'm in at MIT. This year, I suppose, it is more than perfect result. Hope, that someday I'll be so useful for you. As soon as I arrive to Boston I pay for a dinner with you. Don't mind
Well, I've now received all the results from the schools I applied to.Australian 690 GMAT/H2A degree in chem eng (arond 3.4 GPA more or less) from top Aussie Univ. 7 yrs w/e in engineering, construction and proj. mgmt in Australia, UK, USA, ChileResults :
Tuck : Accepted with 25% tuition scholarship
Wharton : Accepted, don't have fin aid details yet
Thanks for your help along the way,
Don't think W would've sniffed at me w/out your help. You're expensive but arguably it.
[ARGUABLY WORTH IT, LOVE THESE INGRATES--SK ]
I applied to Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, and Kellogg. I was accepted to Harvard and Stanford in Round 1 and withdrew my applications to Wharton and Kellogg.
Given my stats, work experience, and recommendations, I was a fairly strong applicant, but probably around average for the top schools. I could have been easily dinged at any of the schools to which I applied. I can honestly say that I would not have gotten into my top choices without Sandy’s help.
Working with Sandy is like sitting down with the admissions directors and staffs at the business schools and having them tell you what they want to hear from you, and how you should best position yourself. Sandy knows more about the admissions process than anyone else I spoke with while I was applying.
SANDY WILL GET YOU INTO ONE OF YOUR TOP CHOICES!
The best things about working with Sandy were his overall knowledge about the B-school admissions process, his unbelievable insight and help with the application essays, and his willingness to work as hard as his clients to fine-tune an application.
Sandy’s unbelievable turn-around time enabled me to complete all of my HBS essays in one week, start to finish. He was extremely accommodating to help me reach the Round 1 deadline.
While I know people can be sometimes be put off by Sandy’s style, I actually found his comments very amusing in addition to their helpfulness. The key is not to take his constructive criticism personally. Sandy cuts right to the chase, and gets you to cut out the unnecessary BS and write about what is really important.
I have recommended friends and colleagues to Sandy. I think Sandy’s insight would be helpful to anyone applying to business school, regardless of the strength of their application or stats. Sandy’s area of expertise is really effective for those applying to the top schools, especially Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton.
NEVERTHELESS, HIS HELP WRITING THE ESSAYS IS ABSOLUTELY INVALUABLE FOR ANY APPLICANT.
Before I started working with Sandy, I had a number of ideas/stories I had in mind to present to the adcoms. Sandy definitely saved me from making a couple of mistakes by vetoing topics or angles that were clearly not going to be a positive for my application.
Sandy was most helpful in taking my stories and personal and professional experiences and crafting them into effective essays. He really pressed me to provide details and specific examples to give more color to my experiences and bolster my essays. He was most helpful in positioning my story the way the schools want from their applicants.
normal, but glad I used SK
I would recommend Sandy for anyone applying to HSW for the reasons I listed above, including his unbeatable insight into what these schools are looking for and how to tailor your essays to fit their needs. I think anyone with a reasonable shot at these schools should use Sandy. Even if you think you’re out of the running it is worth giving him a call. He’ll give you honest answers about your candidacy.
If you use Sandy, be sure to check your personal pride at the door and be prepared to do some serious self-evaluation. Sandy ripped apart my essay drafts from top to bottom, pushed me to really dig and write about details from my experiences, and focused my energies on what was really important. The end result were essays that would beat the pants off of anything I wrote as an undergrad at a top Ivy League school, and most importantly, got me accepted into the best business schools.
I'm so pysched! Just got the good news from Wharton and I couldn't have done it without Sandy!
He was genuine in his efforts to help me put my best foot forward, from overall strategy to the smallest details. Even made me
rewrite essays that I was originally happy with, over and over till he was satisfied, and could also always be counted on to turn
my drafts back within 24 hrs
even during the peak times just before deadlines.
Definitely a fan of Sandy's
just wanted to let you know that I got the acceptance letter today from HBS.
thanks a lot for all your help and a very Happy New Year to you.
Thanks so much for the msg and advice!
HBS was a sad story. But I'm quite happy to get into MIT. MIT is
another story. I called Rod Garcia after the ding last year.
Though he didn't return my call, he was so nice to send me
an e-mail, followed by a regular mail -- though no substantially
detailed reasons given. I guess I was able to make an impression on
him. Then with the great help from you, I guess he was quite
impressed -- a happy ending.
Again, thanks so much!
I wrote you a few months ago after I had applied to several B-schools. This
week I heard back from 4 of the 6 schools to which I applied and was
accepted at all 4 (Harvard, Wharton, Cornell, and CMU). I have upcoming
interviews with Columbia & MIT, but Harvard and Wharton were my top two choices, so I will likely attend one of those. I can't thank you enough for
the advice you gave me, and like I said before, also for the confidence in
the direction I took with my essays. I will definitely recommend your
service to my acquaintances who may be interested in an MBA.
You helped me back in the fall prepare application essays for numerous schools
and I thought I would update you on my status. accepted at Kellogg (delighted!) and still have not heard from Wharton or Columbia.
Thanks again for your help. You definitely made a difference in my essays by
challenging me to clarify my message. I will definitely recommend you to others.
jfd (a satisfied customer)
...i'm emailing (rather than phoning) you to inform of the good news. i heard from wharton last week and am happy to report that i have only 88 days of work left. thanks for your help, sandy. as i'm sure you've been told before, you're excellent.
Thank you for your latest suggestions concerning Cornell. I will send
out the whole stuff tonight. As I told you, this was my last application and all I'm gonna do from now on is wait and see what happens...
In any case I think you did a great job over the last few months.
hi sandy, long time no hear. i got a phone call yesterday from Gwyneth Slocum Bailey, the admdir at Michigan - I'm in!
must thank you for the hard, but constructive words that made my essays portray the right picture to sooth the minds of the adcom, considering my mediocre gmat and grades. BIG thx from a happy man!