Lisa, Yale SOM MBA

May 19, 2017  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Lisa, Yale SOM MBA I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started applying for business school! Thankfully a co-worker told me about Shine. Hillary guided me in tailoring my “why I want to go to business school” into a clear and focused message before I put one word on an application. She was honest and realistic when my first GMAT score didn’t come in where I was hoping, and provided solutions for how I could improve my score to be a realistic contender for the schools I was considering. Despite having a very busy client schedule, she always made time for either her or Sonia to proofread my essays or answer any questions I had throughout the process. They were instrumental in making sure my essays conveyed the message I wanted to get across that would also reflect my best self (without overtly bragging!). They also provided school-specific resources that helped me prepare for interviews at each program. As a result, I got in to my first choice, top 10 business school with a full tuition scholarship! I’m confident this result was due to my work with Shine. I could not be happier with the outcome! - Lisa (Bentonville, AR)

Andre, Wharton MBA

April 04, 2017  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Andre, Wharton MBA The best investment I made for my business school application process success was hiring Shine to help me get into Wharton, my dream school. The experience and attention to detail throughout the resume and essay reviews definitely made my application stand out. Also, specific guidance I received on my Wharton group interview pitch really shows the breadth and depth of the company’s knowledge of the process. - Andre (Los Angeles, CA)

Sonya, UCLA Anderson MBA

March 29, 2017  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Sonya, UCLA Anderson MBA I absolutely could not have gotten through the admissions process without Hillary. She gave me incredibly thoughtful, meaningful feedback every step of the way; her guidance gave me the confidence to apply to reach schools I wouldn't have considered on my own. The personal attention you get with someone at her level of expertise really sets her apart from other agencies, and I would recommend her with great confidence to anyone starting the daunting journey of applying for MBA programs. - Sonya (Los Angeles, CA)

Daniel, Chicago Booth MBA

March 29, 2017  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Daniel, Chicago Booth MBA Working with Shine was a stellar decision. I came from a STEM background rather than a business one. Hillary enhanced my chances of getting into school by getting to know me and by helping me build a story that led me to seek an MBA. While I would have been the same person with our without Shine, I certainly would not have produced the high-quality, concise application that gave me an opportunity at a top school. She gave me critical feedback and challenged me to show the best version of me that I could. I could not have asked for more out of an MBA consultant. -Daniel (Denver, CO)

Nicolas, Wharton MBA / Harvard MPP

March 29, 2017  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Nicolas, Wharton MBA / Harvard MPP Shine is hands-down the most helpful, in-depth, caring, and strategic service I can imagine to guide an applicant through the process. Hillary takes above-and-beyond steps to get to know every client so she can most effectively advise their goals and approach to each school. Additionally, her perspective for every application is smart and strategic, revealing nuances and ideas that applicants certainly haven’t thought of. Plus, Hillary also is so committed to each client and their happiness and success that she takes the additional steps of ensuring they can make the right decision if they are fortunate to be accepted to a school. For any friends or colleagues applying, I would say that using Shine is a must and should be considered as early on in the process as possible. - Nicolas (New York, NY)

Griffin, UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA

March 29, 2017  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Griffin, UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Hillary makes you think more about yourself than any other application process you’ve been through. Her organization and client materials were instrumental in helping me get into my number one choice b-school. Thank you Hillary for all of your help! - Griffin (San Francisco, CA)

April, Vanderbilt Owen MBA

March 08, 2017  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

April, Vanderbilt Owen MBA For me, the application process was stressful and incredibly defeating. I have a non-traditional background compounded with a less-than-stellar GMAT. However, Hillary encouraged me to press forward with her unrelenting positivity and unwavering support. At my breaking point, she believed in me unconditionally. She gave me the courage to try again, and in those kind phone calls may have changed my life forever. Hillary, you turned out to be exactly what I never knew I needed! Thank you so much for being there. Your support has meant so much to me over the course of this long year. – April (Casper, WY)

YM, Stanford MBA

July 11, 2016  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

YM, Stanford MBA Shine came highly recommended from a dear MBA friend who had gotten into both HBS and Stanford. Hillary was particularly helpful during the early stages of my applications as I struggled to imagine how the different pieces of my application would coalesce to paint the picture of a well-rounded, living and breathing human-being with authentic dreams and aspirations, rather than one of a generic applicant. I am grateful to have come across her in my life. - YM (London, England)

Jenelle, Michigan Ross EMBA

April 26, 2016  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Jenelle, Michigan Ross EMBA Shine was instrumental in really helping me understand the MBA application process and what schools are looking for.  I wouldn’t have gotten into a top school without their amazing insights, guidance and support. - Jenelle (Denver, CO)

Felipe, MIT Sloan MBA

June 09, 2016  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Felipe, MIT Sloan MBA Working with Hillary has been a real pleasure. She was incredibly helpful in keeping track of deliverables and deadlines, she knew my history and profile upside down, and she always made sure that I delivered the right message with the right content, highlighting the most relevant factors of my application from a b-school admission’s perspective. Hillary’s intimate knowledge of the business school application process was the key to my success – she truly is a top-tier consultant! - Felipe (Mexico City, Mexico)

Jack, Cornell Johnson EMBA

June 09, 2016  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Jack, Cornell Johnson EMBA Hillary and her team were incredibly helpful during the application process. From the very beginning, Hillary spent the time to really get to know me and understand my story and future goals. Her energetic, positive attitude gave me the confidence to apply to top schools. Hillary added value at every turn including strengthening my resume, helping me think through essay topics, correcting grammatical errors, and holding mock interviews. I am confident that my final applications were infinitely stronger than they would have been without Hillary’s guidance and support. I highly recommend Shine for anyone applying to business school. - Jack (New York, NY)

David, Columbia Law

May 14, 2016  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

David, Columbia Law Hillary and the Shine team were one of the best bets I made in this admissions cycle. Hillary was honest and appropriately forceful at the start, in helping me nail down a career plan that felt genuine to who I am, and compelling to MBA programs. She then meticulously went through my essays and data forms with the eyes of a hawk. Hillary was kind, considerate, and compassionate throughout. She also pushed me to consider schools and programs that were not initially on my radar and that ended up feeling like great fits! I’d enthusiastically recommend Hillary and Shine to anyone considering applying! - David (Washington, DC)

Brian, Wharton MBA

May 11, 2016  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Brian, Wharton MBA Hillary was exceptional. She was passionate, professional, and truly supportive throughout the application process. I would highly recommend Hillary and the Shine team to any applicant looking to put his/her best foot forward. - Brian (New York, NY)

Sofia, UCLA Anderson MBA

May 11, 2016  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Sofia, UCLA Anderson MBA Hillary was so helpful to me throughout the process. She kept me on track and moving my resume and applications along. Without her, I never would have gotten my applications in in the first round. Additionally, her guidance and constructive edits on the essays were the reason that I got into the schools I did. She pushed me to really dig deep and tell the best story I could. Thank you so much, Hillary. - Sofia (Los Angeles, CA)

Shijia, UC Irvine Merage PhD

May 11, 2016  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Shijia, UC Irvine Merage PhD Without Hillary’s help, my PhD dream could not come true! Thanks, Hillary! Before started working with Shine, I totally had no clue how should I set up my timeline and proceed with my applications, especially for my resume and SOPs (Statements of Purpose). My previous resume was a mess. It is Hillary who encouraged me to think about my relevant life experience that will benefit my application. She also used her excellent marketing strategy to help me sell my strengths. The same thing for my SOPs; she could always come up with constructive advice/comments from the outline to every draft. The feedback and suggestions she gave me were from the perspective of an admission officer, which is significantly important and something I definitely couldn’t get on my own. She also helped me a lot on my language (since I’m a foreign student, she spent a lot time on my grammar, writing style, tone and other writing issues, and still made sure it’s in my voice). Another thing is Hillary is a really well-organized person. She keeps everything organized and clear, which makes it easy and efficient to work with her. She’s also a super enthusiastic person. She loves to hear my stories and know my ...

Luca, Yale SOM MBA

May 11, 2016  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Luca, Yale SOM MBA Working with Shine was phenomenal. Hillary is incredibly talented and committed to get you into the school you want. Even after my applications were sent in and her job was technically over with me, she never refused to help me navigate through the rest of my decision process. - Luca (Houston, TX)

Simon, MIT Sloan MBA

May 11, 2016  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Simon, MIT Sloan MBA Working with Shine is like taking one of those B-School Personal Development classes combined with a Sales & Marketing course. Hillary really helped me 1) understand who I am as an individual, 2) portray the best aspects of that individuality.  Thanks for going above and beyond! - Simon (San Francisco, CA)

Sean, UCLA Anderson MBA

January 20, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Sean, UCLA Anderson MBA Hillary has a unique ability to truly ensure her clients shine amongst an increasingly competitive business school applicant pool. Moreover, her responsiveness given quick deadlines is very impressive. I am very happy I enlisted her support throughout this process - Sean (Detroit, MI)

Jennifer, Penn Wharton JD/MBA

May 16, 2016  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Jennifer, Penn Wharton JD/MBA I researched and interviewed 15 MBA admissions consultants.  After extensive evaluation, I decided Shine would be the most diligent, dedicated and informed consultancy.  I was right. Hillary had a well-thought-out process, organized action plan, and targeted tools to drill down into why I was a top candidate for both JD and MBA programs, and how to convey these messages to admissions committees.  Where multiple other consultants told me I should lower my expectations and did not have a chance at top schools, Hillary took the time to get to know me, hear my story, and genuinely believed I deserved a spot at top schools.  She gave me the vote of confidence I needed to aim high.  Hillary stays close to graduate schools, and has a very nuanced and up-to-date understanding of the admissions process.  Her insights are invaluable.  She works on the entire application process and not just the essays. She also gave me as much time as I needed on the phone with her, in person, and via email.  I highly recommend Shine for anyone applying to top 10 schools or with a non-traditional background. - Jennifer (Beijing, China)

Pablo, Northwestern Kellogg MBA

June 01, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Pablo, Northwestern Kellogg MBA Hillary Schubach from Shine was extremely helpful in my application process. We developed a strategy for each school I applied to, we worked on my resume and we put together a great set of essays. I was accepted in all the schools I applied to and it was thanks to Hillary’s help and guidance. - Pablo (Monterrey, Mexico)  

Chris, Berkeley Haas MBA

June 01, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Chris, Berkeley Haas MBA I chose to work with Shine knowing that personal attention would be crucial to my success in the application process. From day one, Hillary went out of her way to really get to know my story, goals and aspirations. Her persistence in pushing me one step further on each resume and essay revision undoubtedly helped me achieve a cohesive and stellar application. Today, long after the application process has been completed, Hillary remains in close touch, a testament to her personal commitment to each and every person that she works with. -Chris (Denver, CO)

Boris, INSEAD Executive MBA

May 18, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Boris, INSEAD Executive MBA Hillary’s ability to guide me through my strengths was of tremendous help. This not only allowed me to present the brightest side of myself to INSEAD’s admission committee, but helped me a lot to dig into myself during the whole process. I believe that since we have done this work together I have a much clearer idea of what I want to do and where I want to go. - Boris (Moscow, Russia / Paris, France)

Jon, Emory Goizueta MBA

May 06, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Jon, Emory Goizueta MBA I really was extremely satisfied with everything that Shine helped me to achieve. Hillary's genuine interest in how I could accomplish my admission goals were present in everything that we did.  Even with a low GMAT score, with her help, I am going to an excellent program, geographically central to family and a job market where I would like to find a position. There is no way I could have done it without Shine's assistance.  Keep up the amazing work. - Jon (Colorado Springs, CO)

Rebecca, UCLA Anderson MBA

May 04, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Rebecca, UCLA Anderson MBA Hillary and the team at Shine were invaluable to my application process. As someone who was incredibly overwhelmed during the application season, Hillary was a guiding light through multiple iterations of essays and short answers. I know the resume prep we completed was not only instrumental to my overall application, but will also help me during fall recruiting. Overall, Hillary kept me calm, collected, and focused on the task at hand. I would highly recommend her to any future applicant, and know undoubtedly that my admissions decisions would have been different without her help. - Rebecca (San Francisco, CA)

Samantha, Stanford MBA

June 01, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Samantha, Stanford MBA It was such a blast working with Hillary. She was extremely organized throughout the process, which helped to guide me to stay on top of each step during the application process, despite my crazy work schedule. Her openness and constructive feedback also allowed me to put together an application that’s true to myself, yet constantly be challenged and pushed to reach the next level. - Samantha (San Mateo, CA)

Megan, Kellogg MBA

July 09, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Megan, Kellogg MBA I couldn’t have been more pleased with my experience working with Shine. As someone looking to change career paths, she was immensely helpful in getting me to think about my past experiences and pulling out the most critical pieces to create a complete story about why I was a perfect MBA candidate for my list of schools. After getting engaged over Thanksgiving and putting off my essay drafts longer than I had planned, Hillary was nothing but understanding and put her all into editing my essays and turning them around in time for my deadlines, while doing the same for her many other students. When I was accepted to Kellogg, she was the first person I contacted, as she had been such a part of my application experience and was just as excited for me as I was. I have already referred her to my friends and will continue to do so! Thank you so much, Hillary! - Megan (Chicago, IL)

Eugenio, Columbia MBA

May 01, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Eugenio, Columbia MBA Excellent decision to hire Shine! Definitely made the difference! Eugenio (Monterrey, Mexico)

Chuck, Berkeley Haas MBA

February 25, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Chuck, Berkeley Haas MBA All five of my applications were due within a couple of short weeks of my wedding day. Hillary was a godsend in not only helping me to develop each school-specific story, but also in keeping me sane through our many essay and short answer iterations. From the onset it was clear that Hillary’s expertise extended well beyond her understanding of what each school is looking for, and really lied in her ability to draw out and sculpt the perfect story from my background and experiences.  I have no doubt that my results would have been different had I not worked with Shine. - Chuck (San Francisco, CA)

Ian, Chicago Booth MBA

February 25, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Ian, Chicago Booth MBA A Google search, and lucky happenstance that Hillary and I were both in Denver, were the reasons for our initial interaction. A warm and inviting personality, a heartfelt belief in my ability to be successful when applying to top schools, and an incredible application of a diligent strategy are the reasons why I worked with and recommend Shine to others. Having Hillary involved in the application process from the beginning helped me effectively plan for the long process, think through the most appropriate schools to which to apply, and ensure consistent application of my personal story. By working directly with Hillary, being willing to listen to her suggestions, and relying on her many years of experience, I was able to gain admission to the school that is perfectly aligned with my career goals. - Ian (Denver, CO)

Courtney, Columbia MBA

February 19, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Courtney, Columbia MBA Hillary was an invaluable partner along my b-school journey. She helped me figure out how to talk about my career goals and how they connect to my past experiences in a way that’s logical and compelling. Whenever I thought I wasn’t cut out for b-school or couldn’t make a certain deadline, she was my biggest champion and encouraged me to believe in myself and reach for my dreams. And it worked! - Courtney (New York, NY)

Christine, Wharton MBA

February 09, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Christine, Wharton MBA Working with Hillary helped me articulate and refine my personal brand so that I could use every component of the application to convey not only my experience and accomplishments, but also my personality. Hillary gave me candid and thoughtful feedback and encouraged me to be self-reflective and authentic in putting together my applications. I cannot recommend her enough! - Christine (Washington, DC)

Bernardo, Harvard MBA

January 28, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Bernardo, Harvard MBA I researched long and hard for the best admissions consultants and finally decided to go with Shine given Hillary’s trajectory as a marketer, her success in applying to B-schools and the fact I was going to consult directly with her—a key factor for me given that other companies assign you to recent grads who work part-time and do not attend all relevant admission conferences. Since English is my second language (I’m from Mexico), Hillary’s help was crucial. She pushed me to deliver the absolute best essays (and beyond) and in the end it paid off—I was accepted at HBS. I owe much of my success in my applications to her diligent work. - Bernardo (Monterrey, Mexico)

Ryan, Duke Fuqua MBA

January 06, 2015  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Ryan, Duke Fuqua MBA I had the privilege of working with Shine after three years of unsuccessful applications and re-applications to top programs. I had two significant obstacles to overcome with my applications: a sub-3.0 GPA and eclectic work experience. I made the job more challenging by applying exclusively to top-tier programs despite the shortcomings in my profile. Hillary rose to the challenge, took my case and coached me through the process. Her intimate knowledge of the business school application process combined with her ability to find the highlights of my profile were instrumental in my eventual success. If you have an atypical background or other challenges in your profile, you need to give Shine a call. Thank you, Hillary! - Ryan (Denver, CO)

Walter, Duke Fuqua MBA

November 05, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Walter, Duke Fuqua MBA I had the privilege of working with Shine over the past two years. Hillary provided valuable insight and helped me polish each aspect of my application, from refining my resume to practicing mock interviews. Hillary went above and beyond to help me realize my goals. She believed in my story and my ability, and with her guidance, I was able to articulate these strengths to the admissions committee. Throughout the process we conquered each setback in order to present a stronger application.  If you are serious about an MBA education, then you should consider a top-tier consultant. Shine provides you with a great partner throughout the journey to becoming a MBA student. - Walter (New York, NY)

Anuj, Northwestern Kellogg MBA

October 13, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Anuj, Northwestern Kellogg MBA The biggest challenge while working on my business school applications was managing it along with a grueling work schedule. Hillary not only helped me build a strong case by highlighting aspects in my career most relevant to a particular school/essay but also helped me stay focused through the long and tedious process.  She is also more than willing to go the extra mile to make sure the essays are as perfect as possible and is was very accessible though phone or email.  I would highly recommend Shine/ MBA Admissions Consulting if you are looking for help writing polished B-School essays. - Anuj (Chicago, IL)

Ruchir, Northwestern MSA

September 17, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Ruchir, Northwestern MSA Shine was a great help during my application to the Masters in Sports Management program at Northwestern. Hillary's insight and extensive knowledge of the admissions process were invaluable. As a career change candidate, Hillary did a fabulous job of helping me highlight all the relevant skills and past experiences in my resume and essays. She forced me to dig deep in order to truly convey my passion for a career in sports. Her genuine interest in my application along with the quick turnaround times and excellent attention to detail made the entire process a breeze! Thanks Hillary! - Ruchir (Chicago, IL)

Nelson, NYU Stern MBA

August 14, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Nelson, NYU Stern MBA Shine is a valuable resource for any applicant interested in attending a top MBA program.  Hillary has a great working knowledge of each school’s admissions process and was instrumental in helping me think through how to best position my applications.  If you’re looking for a leg up in the process, I highly recommend hiring her consultancy from the very beginning.  My only regret was not working with her sooner. - Nelson (New York, NY)

Max, Emory Goizueta MBA

March 23, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Max, Emory Goizueta MBA I would recommend Shine to anyone, especially any former military officers looking to transition to business school.  Hillary was crucial in helping me quantify my military service in way that admissions committees would understand.  Her resume help was outstanding, and her help with essay writing and interview prep were essential to my application process.  She always made time when I needed her, and was a great sounding board for me during some of the more anxious times of the process.  Shine admissions is absolutely worth the investment.   - Max (Colorado Springs, CO)

Evan, MIT Sloan MBA

September 17, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Evan, MIT Sloan MBA I am absolutely convinced Hillary was the best person to help me with my applications.  She gave me the guidance, support, and confidence I needed to be successful in the process.  I couldn't have done it without her.  Thanks, Hillary! - Evan (Washington, DC)

EJ, Chicago Booth MBA

June 04, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

EJ, Chicago Booth MBA I very much enjoyed working together with Shine during my MBA applications, which resulted in five interviews and four acceptances (out of six applications) including a successful re-application to Chicago Booth. Throughout the application process I was constantly amazed by the speed of delivery, the structured approach and the level of attention to details from Hillary. I was based in Europe and Hillary was always prepared to work around the time difference, even if it means she will have to work outside of her office hours. Hillary showed a genuine interest in my application, and her passion as well as her sense of humour made our teamwork most pleasant. I strongly recommend Hillary's assistance. - EJ (London, United Kingdom)

Matt, Wharton MBA

April 23, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Matt, Wharton MBA Hillary was extremely helpful during my MBA application process, which ended in my enrollment at Wharton. Her materials spurred my idea-generation for essays, and her clear checklists gave me structure during the sometimes messy application process. Her personal touch during calls/over email made her a pleasure to work with and helped me keep my sanity before interviews/decision days! I highly recommend Shine to anyone getting ready to dive into the application process. - Matt (New York, NY)  

Kevin, Harvard MBA

April 09, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Kevin, Harvard MBA I am extremely happy to have worked with Shine. I am a re-applicant candidate and (after not getting a single interview in my prior attempt) I got into two of the schools I re-applied to and was interviewed/waitlisted at the third. Hillary has immense experience with the admissions process and was able to clearly point out the weaknesses in my previous applications.  I also feel very privileged to have worked closely with her personally; she is very intelligent, creative and challenging in her approach. She makes you work hard but the final product is truly worth it. Additionally, the deep thinking she challenges you to do will help you learn a lot about yourself and how to present yourself to the world. Finally, as an African applicant, I was truly pleasantly surprised at the level at which she understood me individually, my background and the things I care about. I would enthusiastically encourage any international applicants to strongly consider working with her. Overall, I greatly enjoyed working with Hillary and I know that the investment paid off! - Kevin (Johannesburg, South Africa)  

Katrina, Purdue Krannert MBA

April 09, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Katrina, Purdue Krannert MBA Coming into the application process, I felt like I was drowning—I was unsure of what to do and how to go about doing it since I was starting late. I knew I was a challenging applicant coming from a non-traditional work background with less than two years work experience. After reaching out to Shine, Hillary became my lifesaver. She helped me understand how the process worked, what to do, and navigated me every step of the way. She knew exactly how to showcase my strengths while turning my weaknesses into great discussion points.  She was always reachable and willing to work around my short timetable. Beyond that though, she is very personable and works hard to understand who you are and what your desires are. She knew exactly what business schools are looking for in resumes, essays, and interviews and how to present my points in a direct, concise manner. Without her guidance, I honestly do not think I could have gotten as great of a turnout. Hillary’s support helped me garner interviews with all five schools I applied to and admission to three of them! - Katrina (San Jose, CA)

Andrew, Columbia MBA

April 04, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Andrew, Columbia MBA Hillary was my chief editor and partner for my entire MBA application process. She was always extremely happy to help throughout my year-long journey. From deciding where to apply, how to go about visiting schools and speaking to admissions, to the big-ticket items like writing my essays and prepping for interviews, she was there every step of the way. She differentiated herself from peers and mentors by knowing how the admissions teams think, and getting into the weeds working with my essays, and thinking about how to best craft my story. The thing Hillary really does best is not change an applicant's resume, life story, etc. (these things would be impossible), but highlight the best possible version of the applicant for admissions to see. There are auxiliary benefits to working with her as well; I believe my writing improved markedly after working with her on my MBA essays. Looking back to how much my application strategy changed after seeking her advice, I honestly don’t think I would’ve been admitted without her. - Andrew (New York, NY)

Amy, Dartmouth Tuck MBA

April 04, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Amy, Dartmouth Tuck MBA Hillary was exactly what I was looking for in a consultant. As someone who was feeling discouraged by a previous GMAT attempt and unsure of my overall odds of getting into a top school, I cherished the honest yet positive input that Hillary brought into the mix. She was the one person who I felt was with me throughout the entire application process, from revamping my resume to editing essays and interview prep. She had an extremely effective way of pinpointing my relevant strengths and advising me on the best way to showcase them within my essays and applications overall. I truly feel that Hillary allowed me to put my best foot forward at every step along the way and I cannot imagine what it would have been like to try to apply to business schools without her help. Through the ups and downs of this crazy process, Hillary was my voice of reason and the first person I wanted to call with good news! - Amy (San Francisco, CA)

Katie, Northwestern Kellogg MBA

April 02, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Katie, Northwestern Kellogg MBA The team at Shine was integral to my admission offer to my dream program at Kellogg. I came to Shine after retaking the GMAT, but still feeling insecure about my competitive position. Coming from an non-traditional background with 10+ years of work experience I wasn’t sure how schools would consider my application. Hillary helped me to organize my application as a package that brought out my strengths in areas I considered weaknesses. She also encouraged me to look to schools that I had considered out of my reach, such as Kellogg. Tactically, the resume review and editing services were extremely helpful and the essay brainstorming and editing process was critical to my success. When I got off the phone from the Admissions Officer at Kellogg after receiving my offer of admission, the first and only thing I could think to do was text Hillary to say “Holy s*$^! I got in to Kellogg!!!” - Katie (Denver, CO)

Rufaro, Harvard MBA

April 02, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Rufaro, Harvard MBA Hillary was so helpful in my essay writing process. She made sure she really got to know me so she could ensure “my voice” and passions came through in my essays. She was always available for last minute calls and brainstorming sessions, and would help me think through my muddled ideas to make sense of it all. I can’t thank her enough for all of her help!!!! - Rufaro (New York, NY)

Emily, Harvard MBA

March 06, 2014  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Emily, Harvard MBA I highly recommend Shine to anyone who is applying to business school. At Shine, you’ll work exclusively with the company’s founder, Hillary Schubach, whose insight into MBA admissions process is unparalleled. Hillary not only improved my resume immeasurably, but also provided thoughtful, school-specific feedback on each of my essays. Hillary’s guidance throughout the process made me a much stronger applicant than I otherwise would have been, and I’m incredibly appreciative for all her help! - Emily (New York, NY)

Mike, NYU Stern MBA

November 27, 2013  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Mike, NYU Stern MBA Hillary was a tremendous help throughout the application process. She does a great job helping think through strengths and accomplishments, and makes sure these are reflected in each part of the application. Hillary knows what business schools are looking for and really assists in framing each individuals message in the most attractive way possible. With her by my side I felt much more confident throughout the process knowing I had someone to help me think through ideas, organize my thoughts, answer my questions, correct my grammar and put me in the best possible situation for success. I would highly recommend Shine for anyone applying to a top 20 business school. -  Mike (New York, NY)

Aki, Wharton MBA

March 05, 2013  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Aki, Wharton MBA Hillary really helped me through out the process and her advice was very comprehensive and critical. I wouldn’t have been able to get into the school that I got in without having her help. She supported me in many ways – she not only helped me about just business school process but also she provided an opportunity to think about my life and career. -  Aki (New York, NY)

Marie, Harvard MBA

February 17, 2013  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Marie, Harvard MBA Working with a boutique firm like Shine removed a lot of stress from the application process. I knew I was working directly with the principal, not a team of junior associates, which assured me I'd receive personalized strategy and the highest quality feedback. Hillary was very invested in my success, and her guidance significantly contributed to my acceptance at my top choice school. - Marie (San Francisco, CA)

Mike, Dartmouth Tuck MBA

January 30, 2013  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Mike, Dartmouth Tuck MBA Hillary is an extremely talented, honest, creative, and caring person. Through the homework exercise and in-person meetings, she truly got to know who I am as a person, which made a huge impact when she reviewed my essays and resume. Instead of just proofreading and watching the word count, Hillary helped me get the best out of my stories and experiences and helped me to put my best foot forward in the admissions process. Whenever I had questions about any aspect of the application process, she was always quick to respond and made me feel like I was her only client. I am so thankful to have worked with Hillary, and I will be attending my first choice, Tuck, next year. For anyone applying to any MBA program, I would strongly recommend working with Shine. - Mike (New York, NY)

Eric, Virginia Darden JD/MBA

January 08, 2013  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Eric, Virginia Darden JD/MBA Hillary Schubach is the most qualified person to consult with on your application process. Not only has she already walked the talk, getting into the best MBA programs, but she has also helped countless candidates get admitted into top programs. She has outstanding admissions advice, does an exceptional job answering career related questions, and helps you understand everything you can gain from an MBA. You may think that the rate is expensive, I did, but considering the payback of a $77K scholarship and admission into my dream schools, this is a small price to pay. Hillary will take your time very seriously and make sure that every penny counts. Her teaching methods and advice will stay with you throughout each application, even if you cannot consult with her on each one. If you are serious about getting into the finest program you can, Hillary is the best person to work with. - Eric (Denver, CO)

Geoff, Purdue Krannert MBA

January 01, 2013  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Geoff, Purdue Krannert MBA Hillary was a breath of fresh air when it came to the MBA application process. She took a great deal of time and offered clear advice from her many years of experience. It is no wonder why so many of her clients get into the top schools of their choice. - Geoff (Chicago, IL)

Pilar, Wharton MBA

July 30, 2012  |   Featured,Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Pilar, Wharton MBA I approached Shine after they came highly recommended by my employer. I was one of those applicants that did not know exactly what I was looking for and where I should apply. I asked Hillary to help me put together some ideas of schools given my interests and to help me formulate my "story."  Hillary provided some wonderful insight and was actually the one to suggest applying to Wharton, where I will begin this fall.  She not only helped me put together my resume but also a fabulous outline of the various qualities, traits, and experiences she thought I should focus on. Hillary takes a sincere interest in all of her clients and works to help each and every one of them in a personal and professional manner. I am so thankful to have found Shine. - Pilar (Dallas, TX)

Erin, Stanford MBA

July 12, 2012  |   Featured,Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Erin, Stanford MBA Hillary's expertise as a marketer coupled with her knowledge of  business school admissions makes her an excellent adviser in the challenging MBA application process. She is excellent at identifying areas within an applicant's essays that can be positioned to appeal to the top schools' adcomms with additional detail and nuance. Hillary is patient, trustworthy and devoted to helping people get into the schools of their dreams. Thanks, Hillary for helping me get into every school I applied to! - Erin (Denver, CO)

Fadzi, Harvard MBA

July 10, 2012  |   Featured,Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Fadzi, Harvard MBA Hillary was a wonderful resource when it came to my essays. She provided great advice, which allowed me to stay true to my voice. Hillary's help even went beyond the application process, as she put me in contact with her HBS peers to help me with my career search. She is a passionate, enthusiastic counselor who is truly invested in ensuring her clients succeed! - Fadzi (New York, NY)

Stephen, Northwestern Kellogg MBA

July 09, 2012  |   Featured,Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Stephen, Northwestern Kellogg MBA Hillary was immeasurably beneficial to my applications for business school.  From my initial contact with her, she was professional, courteous, and truly excited about helping me improve my entire application, from the development of appropriate stories and explanations to the end result of writing highly effective application essays.  At first, I wasn't sure whether a consultant could be helpful to me, but soon after having Hillary review my ideas and early drafts I realized how much stronger my applications were becoming with her guidance.  She challenged me to "show her, not tell her" what I had done in my career and personal endeavors, which made my essays exciting to read and more representative of my accomplishments. She was an extremely clear communicator to me, and never let me slip a lazy sentence or boring idea past her.  With limited words with which to construct top business school essays, there is neither room for ambiguous claims nor unsubstantiated reasoning, and Hillary would immediately point out where I had made these mistakes and encourage me to push harder and to get the most positive impact from every word I put onto paper. Perhaps most helpful was her ability to guide me toward making my application ...

Tim, NYU Stern MBA

June 01, 2012  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Tim, NYU Stern MBA Hillary was a great help guiding me through the stressful MBA admissions process.  She helped me with each step, from school selection to framing my experiences into essays to the interview process.  Her knowledgeable advice helped me feel more confident throughout.  Most importantly, I got into my top choice NYU, among other top-tier schools like Chicago Booth and Yale! - Tim (Brooklyn, NY)

Pragati, INSEAD MBA

May 30, 2012  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Pragati, INSEAD MBA I truly appreciate the way Hillary personally invests herself in her clients and shares their enthusiasm, success and setbacks equally. - Pragati (Royersford, PA)

Jon, Michigan Ross MBA

April 16, 2012  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Jon, Michigan Ross MBA Hillary was driven, flexible, and transformed my application process from a scary monster to one that was much less intimidating! - Jon (New York, NY)

Meghan, UVA Darden MBA

March 22, 2012  |   Featured,Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Meghan, UVA Darden MBA I could not be happier that I chose to work with Shine. I decided to use a consultant because I was applying to business schools while working full time, and I knew that having an additional set of eyes on my work would save me some stress. However, my experience with Shine was much fuller; Hillary helped me take my applications to the next level and maximize my potential. Having someone as experienced and professional as Hillary on my team was a godsend, and I know that my applications were much stronger because of Hillary’s guidance and feedback. - Meghan (New York, NY)

Amrita, NYU Stern Executive MBA

November 19, 2011  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Amrita, NYU Stern Executive MBA I had an excellent experience working with Hillary. Her insightful, thought provoking and helpful suggestions really helped me craft the best possible application. Her attention to detail helped me tell the best possible stories through my essays. In addition, I was working towards an early application deadline and she worked quickly and efficiently to ensure I was able to meet the deadlines. She is a consummate professional who is passionate about her work and it was a pleasure working with her. I cannot recommend her enough! -Amrita (New York, NY)

Seth, Duke Fuqua MBA

August 10, 2011  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Seth, Duke Fuqua MBA Working with Hillary was a very beneficial experience for me.  She was accessible, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with. Through working with Hillary, I was able to better craft my bschool "story" and I am confident that her guidance resulted in my bschool acceptance. -Seth (Brooklyn, NY)  

Robert, Texas McCombs MBA

August 10, 2011  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Robert, Texas McCombs MBA The MBA application landscape has become so competitive that just being a good candidate is no longer enough.  Hillary's insight and experience were instrumental in helping me market myself and build my personal brand.  She not only taught me how to put together the strongest application possible, she was able to help me determine which schools were the best fit for me personally (I recommend keeping an open mind, you might be surprised.)  Hillary takes the luck and guesswork out of the application process, and I highly recommend her to anyone who is serious about attending a top business school. -Robert, (Houston, TX)

Audrey, Georgetown McDonough MBA

August 10, 2011  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Audrey, Georgetown McDonough MBA I came to Shine MBA admissions towards the end of my MBA application process, and I regret not using their services sooner. The essay editing was detailed and thoughtful, and the suggestions for improvements did not try to stifle my voice as a writer or alter my goals for pursuing an MBA. In addition, the phone consultations proved extremely valuable because I could brainstorm effectively with my consultant Hillary, while also receiving sound advice on putting my best face forward, interviewing with schools, and the final decision making process. I am very grateful for the help I received during such an anxiety ridden and stressful period of time. -Audrey (San Francisco, CA)

Wendy, George Washington MBA

July 31, 2011  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Wendy, George Washington MBA Shine was an incredibly valuable and inspiring resource to me throughout the business school application process. Hillary provided me the direction, support, and feedback I needed to perfect my resume and essays. She was tremendously helpful in creating my “personal brand,” which allowed me to more clearly define my post business school goals. She was a wonderful sounding board and mentor to me during the months we worked together and it was truly a pleasure using her services. - Wendy (Washington, DC)

Mio, MIT Sloan MBA

July 05, 2011  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Mio, MIT Sloan MBA Hillary’s commitment to the quality of the output was sincere. Especially when reviewing my resume, she taught me how to envision who I am and how I came here on a piece of paper. As for essays, she wouldn’t pass off any points where I could better demonstrate my personal brand. She also provided ample knowledge regarding my career goals and school choices. Her candid feedback and appropriate questioning helped me to reflect what I want to achieve in my career and stay true to my voice. I was very fortunate to work with Shine and be admitted to my first choice school, MIT Sloan. Thank you Hillary for all your support! - Mio (Princeton, NJ)

Dan, Wharton MBA

February 24, 2011  |   Featured,Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Dan, Wharton MBA From the moment I began speaking with Hillary, I knew I was in the hands of someone who really cared about my admissions process. She worked feverishly to get back to me in a timely fashion and always made me feel like I was her number one priority. When working with me on my resume, she really helped to spark my thinking as far as what was needed in each section and what message I wanted to get across to the school I was applying to. I strongly recommend Hillary's assistance in any part of the process as she is someone with great experience, very likable, and extremely professional. - Dan (New York, NY)

Katherine, UVA Darden MBA

August 22, 2010  |   Featured,Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Katherine, UVA Darden MBA Hillary was a wonderful resource during the entire application process. She has an extensive knowledge and understanding of the top MBA programs, and with her input, I was able to create a list of target schools that met my needs. During the application process, Hillary helped me discover my “personal brand” enabling me to stand out among the other candidates. In addition helping me perfect my essays and resume, Hillary provided the encouragement and support I needed to navigate the process. I would highly recommended Hillary and Shine/ MBA Admissions Consulting to anyone thinking about business school. - Katherine (Denver, CO)

Will, HEC MBA / Tufts Fletcher MALD

August 21, 2010  |   Featured,Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Will, HEC MBA / Tufts Fletcher MALD I was put in touch with Hillary 48 hours before my business school deadline. Literally overnight, she was able to take a comprehensive look at my application and make many great suggestions on how I could improve. Even without meeting me personally, she took a competitive application and made it even stronger. I was dually impressed with Hillary's punctuality, insight, strategic thinking, and her ability to articulate thoughtful and meaningful ideas on to paper. I would highly recommend to anyone who is applying to business school to consider working with Shine/ MBA Admissions Consulting.  It is definitely worth the monetary investment, and she will help you create an application that is stronger than you thought possible. - Will (Portland, ME)

Andrea, SMU Cox MBA

May 22, 2010  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Andrea, SMU Cox MBA Hillary was exceptionally knowledgeable and thoroughly prepared me for the intense application process. She created a customized strategy and guided me in preparing and writing my essays, which ultimately led to acceptance into my program of choice! - Andrea (Denver, CO)

Steve, Wharton Lauder MBA/MA

February 20, 2010  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Steve, Wharton Lauder MBA/MA Hillary was most helpful in constructing my 'personal brand' and conveying that concisely in my essays. In working with her, I was able to portray myself, reasons for applying to business school, and post-business school goals more clearly. - Steve (Boulder, CO)

Courtney, Northwestern Kellogg MBA

February 15, 2010  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Courtney, Northwestern Kellogg MBA The application process gets intense.  Hillary kept me focused and enabled me to feel genuinely relieved versus anxious when I pressed submit. Hillary not only helped me uncover the pieces of my background that made me a unique candidate, but also  how to use each essay to highlight those aspects of my life and experiences. - Courtney (Denver, CO)

Jeremy, Drexel LeBow MBA

May 21, 2009  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Jeremy, Drexel LeBow MBA Hillary never ceased to amaze me as not only the consummate professional, but also a truly passionate, sincere, and remarkably talented individual with an unbelievable track record of always finding a way to get the job done.  More importantly, Hillary truly made me feel like more of a friend than a client.  She possesses all the knowledge, networks, and sincere desire to see all of her projects through to fruition and is never too busy to listen, understand, support, and advise in just the right way for each unique situation.  At times, I literally wasn’t sure who wanted me to get accepted more – me or her!  Without her constant patience, guidance, and persistence to identify exactly what was best for me, and lead me directly down the right path to get there, I cannot imagine ever having survived the grueling process.  I cannot thank her enough for playing such a vital role in my acceptance into my targeted program, as well as professional career advancement well-beyond just “making the grade” in the classroom. Simply put, there is just no one out there who knows more, cares more, or can always be counted on to go the extra mile and do ...

Leah, Harvard MBA

May 29, 2008  |   Featured,Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Leah, Harvard MBA More than anything, Hillary was a wonderfully inspiring, creative and calming resource throughout what was at times a very overwhelming process.  I always felt encouraged and had a renewed sense of inspiration after each of our sessions.  I cannot imagine having had a better guide than Hillary.  Together, we were able to craft a story that illustrated how my unique attributes and experiences have shaped my career vision and how they would enable me to contribute a fresh perspective in a classroom environment.  She truly did help me "shine," and I can happily say that with her guidance, I was admitted to my first choice program, Harvard Business School. - Leah (New York, NY)

Jennifer, Michigan Ross MBA

May 25, 2008  |   Featured,Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Jennifer, Michigan Ross MBA The business school admissions process was one of the most intense, time-consuming and daunting activities I’ve ever undertaken. Having Hillary there to support me and guide me through it was a tremendous help.  She provided me with her actual essays so I could see real examples of what top business schools look for in a candidate.  She also edited my essays to better craft “my story” and gave me great insight on the various top business schools that you cannot get from an MBA admissions book.  Furthermore, her energy and enthusiasm kept me going throughout - and now I have graduated from the school of my choice after experiencing the most amazing and stimulating 2 years of my life. - Jennifer (New York, NY)

Caryn, Wharton MBA

May 25, 2005  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Caryn, Wharton MBA Hillary's personal success with business school and her commitment to assisting others is a great combination for driving success for MBA candidates. - Caryn (New York, NY)

Haley, Pace Lubin MBA

May 25, 2001  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Haley, Pace Lubin MBA Hillary Schubach made such a difference in my business school experience as she critiqued my application and essays and turned them into something that really stood out from the rest.  The Lubin Business school had no choice but to accept me into their program.  I was working full time for Pepsi-Cola when I went back to school at night for my MBA.  Hillary is not only a brilliant writer, but an excellent friend and confidant! Hillary helped make the difference in my life that was necessary for me to get ahead in my career.  I was promoted 4 times after I received my MBA and now have a tremendous resume that I am very proud of! - Haley (Stamford, CT)

Andy, Northwestern Kellogg MBA

May 21, 2001  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Andy, Northwestern Kellogg MBA Hillary's overall advice and detailed editing were absolutely vital in helping me to produce quality essays that I believe were a significant reason why I was able to get into my top choice for business school (Kellogg).  Even with her extremely busy schedule, Hillary still found time to give me detailed feedback on my work, and we had numerous discussions where I felt she had by far the best knowledge and perspective of the application process versus some of my other contacts that I used to help me with the process.  She truly understood the rigor/process that it took to write a strong set of essays and I highly recommend her help for aspiring business school applicants. - Andy (Washington, DC)

Maurice, Wharton MBA

February 14, 2001  |   Testimonials   |     |   0 Comment

Maurice, Wharton MBA Hillary played a critical role in the formulation of my business school essays. She brought challenge in multiple areas: the thought process, the overall flow and messaging, even the sentence formulation. We had several sessions (by phone from South America!) and the help was tremendous. It is clear that Hillary's help really moved the dial on the final output. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for structured, detailed support. - Maurice (Buenos Aires, Argentina)