7 applications, 7 interviews, 0 dings, 1 life changed forever.
When Farrell and I first started working together, I had a plan, but I was lost. I was following the standard career path for my industry; start in engineering, get an MBA, move into business development. There was nothing in my plan that aligned with who I am or what I believe in. Farrell saw through this, and so would an admissions committee.
We started with introspection and goal setting. We dove deep into my entire life story, not just my professional journey! I told her of the good times that I love to share and the hard times that I’d rather forget. Farrell got to know me better than I know myself. She posed challenging questions that pushed me to my emotional limits but helped me uncover who I am and what I bring as a unique individual.
After learning about who I am, the school choices fell into place. Farrell identified MBA programs that aligned with my goals and pushed me to research each one, connecting me with her past clients who were current students or alums and recommending podcasts and business school guides. It felt like pieces of a puzzle coming together. I could see myself at each institution, working towards a future that would bring me true fulfilment.
After choosing the schools, crafting the essays was next. Farrell has developed a process that is structured and clear. She identified the stories that would bring life to each essay, coaching me to bring out in my writing the unique qualities that I will be able to share with my future classmates. She provided me with untethered feedback, designed to bring out the best in me and my writing, even if I felt the words were tough to hear. We worked through drafts, day and night (it felt like Farrell never took a holiday, she was that committed!), until together we had created something that would show the admissions committee who I truly am in a way that they would really hear.
When I got my first interview invitation, I was over the moon. When I received my 7th interview invitation, I was in shock. Farrell was just as happy as I was, but she wasn’t in shock. She would never lie to make me happy and was always transparent about my chances, but she was confident that she had helped me present myself in a way that made me stand out among a pool of brilliant candidates.
Throughout the interview process, Farrell was dedicated to help me adapt my story to each individual interview. We outlined anecdotes and fit them into a framework that I will use in interviews for the rest of my life. I recorded myself on video and she provided honest feedback that helped me refine my stories into short, effective responses that captured the key messages that I want to convey. Most importantly, Farrell was my biggest fan and I walked into every interview feeling like I deserved a place on that school’s MBA program.
In the end, I chose to accept an offer from Harvard Business School with offers from Duke, Kellogg, MIT and Berkeley and waitlists from Yale and Stanford. $25K offer from MIT and $60K from Duke. Great results for someone without any diversity points to speak of and a 720 GMAT.
However, I gained so much more from this process than these results. I learned about who I am, what I bring and what will bring me true fulfilment in life. Farrell has been my admissions consultant, my life coach, my harshest critic, my biggest fan and my best friend and I’ll forever be in her debt.
– A.M., London, UK
I consider myself so lucky to have gotten to work with Farrell, and I know I wouldn’t have gotten into HBS without her help.
I came to Farrell in mid-July hoping to apply round 1. In two months, Farrell coached me through taking the GMAT twice, rewriting my resume, submitting three applications, prepping for interviews, and ultimately getting accepted to both HBS and MIT. At Darden, accepted with full scholarship.
Farrell was my therapist, best friend, and toughest critic throughout the process. She insists on a lengthy introspection process before starting the applications, which ensures that she knows you incredibly well and understands your unique strengths / what will make your application stand out. Farrell has a very strong BS detector, and she does not put up with slacking off or not giving her 100%. She makes you work extremely hard (basically a full-time job on top of your day job), but that hard work pays off. And she’s really fun to work with (seriously, I miss our daily calls).
If you’re considering working with a consultant, CHOOSE FARRELL!
– G.L., Boston, US
Farrell will help you get into your dream university. She is a results-oriented professional with track record of success.
In my case, I was admitted to both HBS and MIT.
Farrell’s success formula is based on a number of factors that I will list below:
I have only worked but one admissions consultant in my life – but I am very sure that there are very few like Farrell. If I had to choose my admission consultant again, I would choose Farrell 1,000 times. Don’t miss the opportunity!
– J. Garcia, Madrid, Spain
Farrell is an incredible MBA consultant and friend.
In my particular case, she helped me get through to the MBA application journey by baby-steps since I had no clue how to go through it, to be honest.I am an international student with very unconventional working experience, and that’s precisely why I reached to Farrell.
To start things up we went through her top-notch career coaching program, which helped me clarify what I wanted from an MBA. But more importantly, that process helped me join the dots throughout my career, creating a coherent storyline between my working experience and my post-mba goals. In the process, I was able to clear short and long-term post-mba goals. This, thinking retrospectively, was probably the most important thing we did together because it was the foundation stone the set up everything the was still to come. After all this, telling a clear and cohesive story in my application, was almost a walk in the park.
I cannot say enough how much this helped the whole process.
After that, we researched what schools to apply to, a process in which Farrell not only accompanied me but also actively made suggestions. She constantly recommended me certain videos, blogs, and even people to talk to, to get a sense of the culture of the school. She knows what resources are valuable and useful for her clients, as she also has an eye for the many BS out-there. Her ultimate goal was for me to feel comfortable with the selections I made, and she understood what I wanted even if I couldn’t put it in words.
At the time we started drafting essays, Farrell already knew me very well to quickly make suggestion about what stories to follows and what to scratch. She made a process that seemed overwhelming for me, to be structured and organized. It’s also worth noting that essays and resume crafting is Farrell’s art, probably the time when Farrell really becomes a rock star. She will be very direct and clear with you, with what works and what not. And she will dazzle you with her editing prowess.
The one thing I want make clear is that Farrell will deliver. I was admitted to Stanford GSB, a feat that seemed far beyond my aspirations, and still does not feel real. I will be endlessly thankful to her for what she helped me accomplish.
One final note, go for Farrell, you won’t regret it!
– N.G., Buenos Aires, Argentina
Admitted into Wharton! Farrell is a 5 Star coach!
I couldn’t believe it when I received a ding from INSEAD! I thought I had prepared a strong application and was completely confused and clueless about what went wrong and was looking for guidance. I was a bit apprehensive about my GMAT score of 710, but thought my strong application would make up for that. I browsed for days on the net, read reviews of various consultants and finally decided to seek help by reaching out to three consultants, including Farrell.
The responses from two consultants were quite generic – try to slightly improve my GMAT score and be more specific in my essays. I got the impression that they had not read my INSEAD essays in detail.
Farrell’s view was diametrically opposite. After pouring herself into my essays she sent me an audio clip with her critical comments – and more importantly – she was confident that I had a good chance to enter a top U.S. school and my GMAT score was not an issue! This was a totally new perspective and I was pleasantly surprised. However, still not very certain whether to go ahead or not I did a lot of research online and was impressed with what I found – she had admits in all the top U.S. B-Schools – Wharton, HBS, Stanford – you name it!
For the next 2 months I bombarded Farrell with loads of questions. She would respond immediately. Her patience, energy and enthusiasm amazed me! And I had not even engaged her till then! Her passion and zeal finally won me over and I decided to engage her as my coach – this proved to be a turning point and the best decision of my MBA journey!
Before diving into the essays, Farrell spent hours trying to understand my professional background and what I hoped to achieve from my MBA. She inundated me with relevant articles, details of events I should attend and with just about anything and everything that would help me get into my dream school. Initially, I was not sure how a lot of things we spent time on would help me, but when I finally got down to writing the essays, I realized how vital it was to spend time on my background and goals and then connect the dots, which Farrell did so successfully.
When I was finally done with my essays, my confidence soared seeing the final output and I had the gut feeling that I would get that coveted interview call!
When I did get the call Farrell was as excited as me! She pulled out all the plugs for my interview preparation and not only guided me, but even connected me to everyone who could help me prepare, including her previous admits in Wharton.
All these efforts paid off and I was over the moon when I got the admit call from Wharton! I am extremely grateful to Farrell for all her help and guidance throughout my MBA journey to Wharton, and highly recommend her services to every MBA aspirant.
– R. Agarwal, Mumbai, India
“As a strategy consultant at BCG, I’m surrounded by colleagues who get into top 10 business schools every year. I thought the application process would be straightforward and something I could manage on my own. I invested quite a lot of time in my R1 HBS and Stanford applications. Much to my surprise, even with a 780 GMAT, I was dinged from both without interview. Only then did I probe a bit more and then learned that almost all of my fellow consultants sought help on their MBA applications.
Planning for Round 2, I set up some calls with the big Admissions Consulting companies and also with Farrell. There were three main reasons I chose to work with Farrell: She was the only consultant who read through my R1 applications and had some feedback already prepared for our consultation call. She had an honest, direct style. No beating around the bush, it gave me confidence that we wouldn’t waste time. She is a lot of fun to work with. This is important, your admissions consultant is somebody you are going to spend a lot of time with! We worked together on both of the applications I submitted for Round 2 – Wharton and MIT Sloan, and I got admitted to both! The quality of my applications was unbelievably higher.
There are several things where Farrell stands out: Helping you tell a compelling story. The most important part of the application. Here you really need somebody who knows the nuances between the different programs, will study your past to know you inside and out, and has read thousands of essays. Farrell could always tell me when something would have a positive impact or detract from the value of my candidacy.
Furthermore, she can even help you decide what you really want to do after the MBA, which is not always an easy thing to determine. Keeping track of the global picture of your application and all the details. Every space on the application is an opportunity to tell your story and set yourself apart. And it is very hard to track all these details. Farrell made sure I leveraged all parts of the application to the highest advantage. Cutting down those essays to meet the word limit. Farrell is world-class talented at this. Being able to include that extra example in your essays can be a deciding factor. Moral support: Not to be underestimated. It is a long and tortuous process, and I was really grateful to have someone I could rely on to keep me focused and motivated.
It is not easy to find a consultant who is really your partner, in your corner to help you in every aspect and even makes it fun. I cannot recommend her strongly enough. Work with Farrell – she will get you into business school.”
– A. Fernández, Madrid, Spain
“I thank Farrell whole heartedly for helping me get admitted to INSEAD, my dream B-school, INSEAD. When I found her on GMAT Club, I had already applied to London Business School, and was rejected without getting even an interview. In order to improve my essays and increase the chances to get admitted by my dream school, I decided to go with her, even knowing we on a very tight schedule.
Farrell couldn’t have been more helpful and supportive throughout the entire application process, including essay editing, resume preparation, video interview preparation, and later, alumni interview preparation. I also chose to work with her on the Diversity scholarship for INSEAD, and was awarded 10K Euros! She has rich experience in how to tailor candidates’ profiles to each B-school and helped me put all my attractive and unique experiences together. I highly recommend Farrell as your personal MBA Prep coach to get you into your dream school. Cheers, Jiang.”
– Y. Jiang, Xian, China
“Admitted to Wharton without a GMAT thanks to Farrell.
I don’t know how I can thank Farrell enough: I have been admitted with a scholarship to Wharton with no GMAT! When I first start preparing my GMAT and researching business schools, I was quite confident. After completing my master’s in Aerospace Engineering, as a foreign student in the US, I went on to work for a top aviation company in NYC, filling a role generally reserved for engineers almost twice my age. On top of that, I had a leadership position in a non-profit organization. Quite a rare profile in this business world! Well, I could not get above 650 on the GMAT and, after calling dozens of prep coaches, none of them believed in me. They all told me that the top 10 was out of my league.
I was devastated until I met Farrell. Farrell is the only one who believed in me. First, she spent hours learning about me, to make sure I chose schools that fit me, and also, where the adcom would appreciate my international background the most. Honestly, this is probably the most important part of the application process and most students neglect it. It is the step that will make your profile unique for a particular program. As you know, the process is extremely long and tiring and you will need someone you can trust to go through this with. For over 8 months (from our free consultation to interviews), Farrell was like either my mom or my bestie. She was making sure I kept myself on track and she was constantly sending me information to make sure I was choosing the right thing for me. She advised me to attend specific events, read articles or watch videos to research schools, so I could create a good fit between my qualifications and what the school valued. She literally thought about everything.
Not only did Farrell support me for “deliverable” part of the application (essays, resume, etc), but she also provided me with moral support. When I was crying and wanted to give up, she comforted me and helped me focus on the next step I needed to take.I took the GMAT several times during our engagement and despite my inability achieve a competitive GMAT score, Farrell made sure I would not lose hope. If you want to have someone to support you in all the different domains, I could not recommend Farrell strongly enough. Despite her website, which might be not be as flashy as those of her competitors, the work she delivers is for sure way more valuable than any of those companies trying to sell you a “customized application.” I honestly and sincerely don’t think that you could find someone as dedicated as Farrell, it is impossible!
Farrell also knows all the “hidden tips and tricks” to make your application successful. She advised me to take the GRE, despite my reluctance, and apply to Wharton Lauder, an international joint degree program at Wharton, to increase my chances. Nothing was forgotten! Even for the interview Farrell spent several hours to coach me on my expressions, tone, hand gestures, eye contact…it was amazing!
Few months ago, I was admitted to Wharton…I can’t believe it! After 8 months of labor, sweat, and tears…I owe everything to Farrell, and I will share this joy with her forever. Thank you Bestie!
If you are afraid to jump into this, spend one or two hours with her to see what I am talking about, or you can contact me and I would be more than happy to tell you about the best of Miss Farrell.”
– K. Marie, Paris, France
“Farrell was a real life saver in the MBA application process. I first came to her to help me in developing a holistic application that was tailored to my target schools. Her process effectively identified key strengths and weaknesses in my candidacy and developed a strategy to give me the best chance of getting accepted.
Two weeks into working with Farrell, I had realized my first choice schools deadline was actually in two weeks, and not in two months as I had originally thought. Farrell immediately sprang to action and made herself available around the clock. We would often have calls as late as 11pm and corresponded constantly through email. While I do not suggest completing an application in just two weeks, Farrell’s dedication and commitment to helping her clients put forth the best application possible is unwavering. With Farrell’s help, I was accepted to my first choice school, Kellogg.”
– L. R., Chicago, IL
“After battling through the MBA applications and essays alone for several months, I decided I needed help. I was targeting some of the most elite schools in the country, and I knew I could not do it alone. I found Farrell through a close friend who was working with her at the time on his MBA essays.
I was having trouble framing my message clearly and concisely, and I was looking to gain a perspective outside my own that would help enrich my essays, but still remain true to my story. I would write essays but they would end up being 1,500 words for a 750 words maximum essay or would meander and abruptly end with no strong conclusion. Farrell was a tremendous help in these areas! She helped to focus in on the key message I was trying to create and helped me refine that message over multiple iterations. It was tough and challenging to have your hard work picked apart and analyzed, but that is exactly what the AdCom committee would do, and in the end made my essays stand out. She also was a lifesaver when it came down to helping me minimize my content but retain my message.
I cannot tell you how many times she took an essay several hundred words over the essay word limit, and was able to cut out the “fat” but still leave the “meat” of the message. What helped the most out of this entire process was Farrell’s high expectations and belief in me as a candidate. It was tough to go over the same essay multiple times, but in the end I am grateful I did. If I had not, I would have never achieved my dream of attending Wharton. I also realized that through our sessions, that I had the capacity to create good content, but under her guidance and critiques I could truly create great content. Her perspective improved my essays, made my applications stronger, and in the end, also helped me better understand my own writing style. I found Farrell to be an invaluable resource during my MBA application and I would recommend anyone to use her as an MBA Essay Coach.”
– S. Desai, NYC
“Long before I started the MBA application process, I knew that I wanted to attend MIT-Sloan. Even though it was my top choice, I was reluctant to apply, given Sloan’s intimidating acceptance rate and the weaknesses in my application profile – sub par undergrad GPA, 710 GMAT, zero extracurricular involvement, and the misfortune of being overrepresented as an Asian-American male. While I was proud of my professional work experience (a blend of retail strategy and product development), I knew it was only valuable to my application in so far as my ability to tell a compelling story. To stand any chance of getting in to Sloan, my application essays and letters of recommendation would have to be exceptional.
When I started writing my initial drafts, I really struggled to find my story – faced with broad essay prompts, yet tight word limits. I spent a few weeks shoving as many of my professional accomplishments into 500 words as I could, but it came out sounding scattered, superficial, arrogant. I went to a couple of friends for their thoughts—first, an English teacher and then later a colleague–but neither had the sort of advice I needed to give my essays the dimension they were missing. A colleague recommended that I try an “admissions consultant.” I was hesitant to go this route, after hearing stories of how impersonal and expensive these services could be.
She probably sensed my hesitation, because she offered to read through my material before I committed to working with her. Her feedback was so eye-opening and honest. I found it hard to understand why I hadn’t seen it before. After hours of video chat, last-minute proofreads, and candid feedback, I’d come to learn that Farrell has a unique talent for framing context, probing with questions, and smashing through writer’s block to bring out the best in her clients. I’m a procrastinator and impatient by nature, but Farrell held me to relentlessly high standards while keeping me motivated and on track. In the end, she helped me transform my essays, resume, optional video, and letters of recommendation into a story of my own personal journey. Best of all, I am so proud that the work is my own! Farrell saw that I had it in me all along–I just needed help finding it. My dream of attending MIT-Sloan is now a reality.”
– S. Hong, Austin, TX
“After finishing college, I worked as a trader for three years, but realized that that my understanding of the business world was actually quite limited. I spent considerable time looking for a position in another industry, but realized I was extremely pigeon-holed to finance. My Harvard degree often got my foot in the door, but I didn’t have any hard skills I could bring to the table.
I decided to submit Round 3 business school applications. I needed to differentiate myself, being overrepresented as a white male with a finance background. I started looking for GMAT Verbal tutors and found Farrell on Craigslist. Farrell raised my Verbal score from 48 to 51 within only 8 hours; I would have spent more time studying but was short on time. Her way of tackling questions was extremely helpful and made me think a lot harder about what I was trying to answer. It was certainly challenging, but Farrell’s combination of motivation and reassurance helped me over that mental block. As a result, I was able to increase my score from 690 to 760 after just one month of studying.
I chose Farrell to also serve as my consultant for the entrance applications. Given our previous time spent together, I felt assured that she would give me honest feedback. Farrell challenged me time and time again and pushed me to do better. At the same time, she encouraged me; always stating that I had what it took, and would be accepted to a top 5 MBA program. My originally unfocused essays later became well-developed narratives. With Farrell’s guidance, I was better able to articulate who I was, who I wanted to be, and how I was going to get there.
Perhaps the greatest value that Farrell brought to the table was her conciseness; she knows how to say anything in less than 10 words. This proved to be extremely helpful in revising my business school resume, and for future resumes (we still have an ongoing relationship.) We spent a considerable amount of time developing my personal brand. Having a well-developed resume by the time I arrived at business school served me quite well. I found myself ahead of the curve when it came time to write resumes for internship applications, and only needed to make superficial changes. Most of my colleagues at Booth were highly impressed by the quality of my resume.
Armed with a 760 GMAT and some well-crafted essays, I was admitted to Kellogg with the offer of a 60K merit-based scholarship, and to Chicago Booth with a merit-based scholarship of 50K. Everyone here at Booth says that getting a merit-based scholarship in the 3rd Round is impossible! I could not have been more fortunate, and I am extremely grateful to have worked with Farrell. She pushed me to do my best, but also provided support and reassurance that I could do it. It was certainly a challenge and required an investment of time, but I am extremely happy to have completed my first year at Chicago Booth. By rebranding myself, and attending a top 5 school, I am now positioned to transition into any industry I so choose. This summer I will be taking part in the Coca-Cola Management Leadership Development Program, which was my first choice among internships.”
– M. W., Chicago, IL
For anybody nervous about lowish test scores, I would highly recommend going to Farrell Hehn for coaching on completing all the other aspects of an MBA application. Simply put, Farrell goes above and beyond what I would ever expect from an MBA prep coach. When I went to her, I had a resume that showed no impact and provided unclear, confusing details of my roles. Farrell was able to show me ways that I had contributed to my company that I had not even realized.
She opened my eyes to how to quantify impact and describe problems I had solved in language that would make sense to even people outside of my industry.
Apart from working wonders on my resume, Farrell helped me understand more about my professional aspirations. When I first started working with her, I had no real long or short term career goals. She was tough and critical of my inability to articulate what my goals were and motivated me to figure it out. She pushed me to self-reflect and determine goals that aligned with my natural abilities and interests. She was essentially a life coach for me.
She helped me craft cohesive essays that told a story of me as a candidate. I had a GMAT score in the low 600s, but with her help, I was able to get in Booth.
I could tell that she truly cares about her clients and thinks about them even outside of scheduled appointments. She was constantly shooting me quick emails, interesting job postings, resources about the school I was interested in. When I was getting close to deadline, she went out of her way to accommodate my schedule and get my applications where they needed to be. I would 100% recommend Farrell to anybody seeking a coach.
– A. Parisi, Cleveland, OH
“This time last year, I had just exited a software startup that I co-founded. After considering my options, I decided to go to business school and started to study for the GMAT. When I had finally taken the test three months later, it dawned on me that my first Round 1 application deadline was only four weeks away! That’s when I called Farrell.
I knew I needed help with my application essays. Even though I am skilled at writing technical documents for work, I had no clue what would make for a good personal essay. I was also in the dark about what essay content would capture the attention of the admission committee. And, although I didn’t realize it when I first called Farrell, I wasn’t exactly clear on why business school was the right choice for me.
Farrell would always push back on my vague essay drafts, and instead forced me to explore the ‘why.’ She gave me tools and exercises that helped me learn more about myself. These all helped me get clear about my motivations for pursuing an MBA, motivations that shined through in my essay drafts. I was able to attack the essays with more confidence. However, what I valued most was her coaching, and her insistence that I get absolute clarity on my purpose for obtaining an MBA. This helped me frame excellent answers to the “why MBA” essay and interview questions.
Thanks to Farrell’s coaching and unforgiving eye for detail, after interviews, I was down to a final decision between Stern and Ross. Farrell graciously arranged for me to speak with her previous clients who had attended each school. Today, I’m proud to say that I’ll be attending NYU-Stern this Fall. I couldn’t be happier, and I couldn’t have done it without Farrell!”
– P. Sharma, Arlington, VA
“Although I have an MBA and come from a banking background, in 2015 I decided to apply for a masters in Design Management at University of the Arts in London. Although it was not a huge career change, I needed to tell a very good story about why design was important to my professional life at that moment. And this is when I met Farrell.
Farrell not only helped me connect the dots and tell my story, but also guided me through an important process of self-knowledge. The methods used during the process were simple and effective in finding answers about myself and my objectives. Knowing about myself was an essential step towards achieving my short and long-term goals.
As we were in different countries and the time zone added some complexity, Farrell recorded audios for me, so that I had a detailed review of all facets of my application. Today I am heading to the end of my masters in Design Management at UAL and I feel that the work Farrell did with me will continue to guide my professional life, even after completing my degree.
I unreservedly recommend Farrell’s work and way of approaching problems; she treats each situation as unique and puts all her efforts to build a perfect case for her clients.”
– G. Azevedo, São Paulo, Brazil
I got the call today and was accepted!! I’m so excited and at a loss for words. Thank you so much Farrell. Unbelievable and feel very humbled and lucky to have this opportunity. I really appreciate you pushing and encouraging me to pursue Kellogg. I wouldn’t be here without you.
"Just wanted to inform you that I received an admit from Kellogg, Tepper, and UCLA in round 2. I am joining Kellogg. Your interview tips helped a lot."
- A. Abhishek
"I thank Farrell whole heartedly for helping me get admitted to INSEAD, my dream B-school. When I found her on GMAT Club, I had already applied to London Business School, and was rejected without getting even an interview. In order to improve my essays and increase the chances to get admitted by my dream school, I decided to go with her, even knowing we on a very tight schedule..."
– Y. Jiang, Xian. China
"Farrell was a real life saver in the MBA application process. I first came to her to help me in developing a holistic application that was tailored to my target schools. Her process effectively identified key strengths and weaknesses in my candidacy and developed a strategy to give me the best chance of getting accepted..."
– L. R., Chicago, IL
"Farrell is the only one who believed in me. First, she spent hours learning about me, to make sure I chose schools that fit me, and also, where the adcom would appreciate my international background the most. Honestly, this is probably the most important part of the application process and most students neglect it..."
– K. Marie, Paris, France
"Farrell not only helped me connect the dots and tell my story, but also guided me through an important process of self-knowledge. The methods used during the process were simple and effective in finding answers about myself and my objectives. Knowing about myself was an essential step towards achieving my short and long-term goals..."
– G. Azevedo, São Paulo, Brazil