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)

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)

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)

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)  

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)

Insights from the 2013 MBA admissions conference

July 03, 2013  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Insights from the 2013 MBA admissions conference After attending our annual AIGAC MBA admissions conference in Philly—and tweeting up a storm—I stand before you armed with insights directly from the mouths of the admissions directors who’ll be reading your future applications. In attendance were Wharton, Columbia, Tuck, NYU Stern, Yale, Cornell Johnson, Texas McCombs, UNC and others—as well as representatives from GMAC, test prep companies big and small, and fellow AIGAC consultants deliberating the hot issues of today’s admissions process. Here are a few of the highlights: We first dissected AIGAC’s annual applicant survey results, administered by Huron Consulting Group and completed by this past year’s applicant pool.  Among the takeaways:  respondents spent 70-110 hours on their applications (plus another 21-30 hours on GMAT prep)!  50% scored a 700+ on the GMAT.  And 57% used an admissions consultant last year—99% of whom would recommend that future applicants do the same. Of strong interest was the issue of candidates being asked to write their own recommendations—a definite admissions mistake.  (Our recent post “Securing the strongest MBA recommendations” tells you why, and offers our advice).  38% of survey respondents faced this very ethical dilemma last year.  Be on the lookout for ...

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)

Writing a resume worthy of a top MBA application

May 29, 2012  |   Blog   |     |   0 Comment

Writing a resume worthy of a top MBA application If only the top MBA programs would provide resume examples.  What are they looking for??  One page or two?  Executive summary or not?  Education above or below professional experience?  Can I trust the MBA resume template I found online? Will a top MBA program reject you because you chose to list your professional experience below your education?  Certainly not.  However, I can share a few tips from my experience at Harvard Business School that may impact your resume choices. As a first-year HBS student, to be considered for on-campus recruiting, every student’s resume must be constructed in an identical format.  It evens the playing field for students, and prospective employers can count on HBS to deliver a consistent set of polished resumes for consideration.  Do I have a copy of that template?  I sure do—and will share its takeaways with you--though of course, it requires great content above all.  Still, with these five key pointers, you’ll be well on your way to writing a resume that already makes you look like you’re a first-year student at a top business school. Format You just can’t go wrong with Times New Roman.  For a business ...

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)