Who We Are

April Stewart

April Stewart


Relevant Academic Credentials

Harvard Business School, MBA

MBA Admissions/Coaching Experience

7 years

Coaching Style

Supportive, tactical, solution oriented

Exceptional Skills

  • Steering clients purposefully to hit every milestone, especially applicants with limited free time or a shortened timeline
  • Encouraging candidates not to settle for “good enough” with their application and to push toward a submission they are truly excited about

Areas of Expertise

Big/small tech, consumer/luxury retail, private equity, management consulting (former Boston Consulting Group consultant)

Of Interest

April and her track and field teammates broke their alma mater’s record for the 4x100m relay—just eight months after April underwent major surgery on her leg. April’s steadfast determination, optimism, and energy enabled her contribution to the team’s success, and she brings these same qualities to all her client work. Also, April was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States when she was young, so she can appreciate the challenge of acclimating to and learning to thrive in a new home.

More about April

A Harvard Business School MBA and former management consultant with Boston Consulting Group, April takes an organized, direct and client-centric approach to admissions coaching. Her clients appreciate her ability to keep them moving and on track with application deadlines, no matter how busy the rest of their lives are. Moreover, having gone through the HBS admissions process herself, she is especially strong at pressure-testing clients’ HBS and other personal statement essays and ensuring they are compelling enough to keep the admissions committee’s interest. April is well-known for her balance: she is not afraid to push her clients to dig deep as they advance through the admissions process, but she also seeks to help them believe in themselves and their aspirations throughout the journey.

Before pursuing her MBA from Harvard, April earned a bachelor of arts in economics from Bryn Mawr College, where she was captain of both the varsity Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Teams.

  In April’s Words

Applying to business school can feel really overwhelming and daunting. I know it definitely did when I began that journey! I love the process of helping someone reflect on their past and present and where they’d like to be in the future. Many business school applicants with challenging full-time roles rarely get the opportunity to conduct this level of introspection, and I truly believe it can be transformative for the business application process and beyond!

What Clients Say about Working with April

April was an invaluable guide and a true partner during my business school application process. April pushed me to be introspective in ways I hadn’t thought possible, extracting a level of self-reflection I hadn’t practiced since I applied to college a decade earlier. One of the most valuable exercises we completed together was early in the process when we took everything from my formative relationships developed in my early childhood to workplace achievements in my current role and distilled them into meaningful life lessons. This was instrumental in helping me organize my thoughts so I could more effectively apply my personal experiences to each school’s application.

I got started on my applications later than I would have liked for R1 submissions, but April took what could have been a highly stressful situation and turned it into an expertly strategized game plan. What set her apart from other consultants was her ability to create a structured schedule to hold me accountable on meeting deadlines. On each Sunday, April would send me an email outlining my deadlines and goals for the week ahead. Of course, there were times when work got busy and required flexibility in the schedule, but it was nothing April hadn’t seen before having worked with other IB/PE clients and was always able to push me to make up for lost time. There was ultimately never any doubt of getting all my applications in before the R1 deadlines. For people who benefit from a structured schedule and to-do list, April is the perfect consultant.

Finally, as a firm of professionals with expertise across all the top business schools, I had a strong network at Gatehouse to tap into for each of my applications and April was always happy to leverage her colleagues for a second opinion on a nuanced question. I honestly couldn’t have asked for better partners in April and the Gatehouse team

  HBS, Wharton, & Columbia Admit

April was a tremendous partner and huge support system throughout this very intense process. April was incredibly perceptive and helped me distill all my various personal and professional stories down into a single narrative. April went above and beyond to address any questions I had. I felt very comfortable shooting April a quick message with even my most minor concerns – to which she provided constant reassurance and a thoughtful action plan. She would often even get additional feedback from other experts on the Gatehouse team.

I also really appreciated that April was not afraid to go back to the drawing board when we felt the need to change direction. About 4-5 drafts through one of my HSW essays, we discussed pivoting and April diligently worked with me to peel back the layers of my experiences and develop the new narrative. She asked thoughtful questions and really helped me uncover the true “so-what” in my experiences. In hindsight, this was the most critical juncture during the application process which I believe ultimately led to my admits. I am so grateful that during this time April prioritized developing the best essay possible, provided honest feedback, and guided me to go in a bold direction – rather than simply saying there was not enough time or that we had exhausted too many drafts already.

April was a partner in the truest sense from brainstorming to interview coaching to negotiating offers. She always ensured I was prepared to put my best foot forward and that there was no stone left unturned. This journey would not have been possible without April’s support and guidance!

  HBS, Wharton, and MIT Sloan Admit

To speak with April, request a free consultation with Gatehouse Admissions today.