Rahima

Bio

With Indian, Kenyan, Pakistani, and Canadian roots, Rahima grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied global health, healthcare management, South Asian Studies, and Asian American Studies. Rahima worked at PwC Advisory in New York as a healthcare and public sector strategy consultant after undergrad, where she earned an early promotion and the firm's MVP award. After three years in management consulting, Rahima moved to Malawi, in Southern Africa, with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to assist the Ministry of Health with global health programs. She initially worked to accelerate the introduction of new vaccines into Malawi, and then managed a team to increase access to HIV and TB diagnostics. Rahima also lived in Myanmar, helping CHAI to launch its offices in Yangon and Nay Pi Daw. Rahima has lived and worked in seven countries and has traveled to 55. She is an avid photographer, artist, chef, gymnast, and volleyball player, and is also a certified yoga instructor. 

Rahima earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPH in global health from the Harvard School of Public Health, where she was a Zuckerman Fellow through the Harvard University Center for Public Leadership. After graduate school, Rahima worked in Boston as a social impact consultant at FSG. She currently works for the United States Agency for International Development in D.C., where she is a Market Access Advisor at the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact within USAID's Global Health Bureau. 

Rahima has been doing admissions coaching for over nine years. She has helped students gain admission into Harvard and Hopkins for medical school, Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Hopkins, and UNC for public health school, Harvard, Stanford, Ross, Yale, Johnson, HEC, Carroll, Tuck, Stern, Fuqua, Booth, and Sloan for business school, Cornell for healthcare administration, Harvard and Princeton for public administration and public policy, and a number of undergraduate schools throughout the US and Canada. Rahima deeply enjoys coaching and mentoring for college and graduate school admissions, helping students build their narratives and craft personal, meaningful essays, helping candidates with resume edits and cover letters for job applications, and conducting interview prep.   

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MPH
  • Harvard Business School, MBA
  • University of Pennsylvania, BA 
Specialties
  • Admissions Coaching (College, Medical, Business, Graduate)
  • Business
Testimonials
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    "Rahima couldn't have been more helpful. I had a really tight deadline to hit and her responsiveness enabled me to submit my round 1 application in time. Her thoughtful feedback and phenomenal line edits dramatically improved the quality of my application. Couldn't have done it without her."
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    (Scott, MBA Coaching & Writing Coaching)
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    "Rahima is an exceedingly strong communicator with exceptional business nous. She is highly responsive, professional, and great at managing expectations. I found her to be a valuable resource during my degree at Harvard University. It was wonderful to have someone to bounce ideas off and receive feedback to help me evolve further."
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    (Student, Harvard)
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    "Rahima was instrumental in my submitting the best possible business school applications. She is professional, responsive, and, most importantly, very knowledgeable about what adcoms are looking for in an application. Highly recommend!"
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    (Sam, MBA Admissions)
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    "Rahima helped me with my essay for a scholarship at a top MBA program. Rahima was very professional and went the extra-mile in helping revise my essay and making sure it was well structured and that the examples that I tried to conveyed tied to the main idea of my essay. Apart from making sure that the grammar was perfect, she provided feedback under a very tight timeline and was very direct in helping me eliminate phrases that could have conveyed a different message. I strongly recommend Rahima!"
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    (Anonymous, MBA Admissions)
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    "Rahima was an incredible coach who got me into one of the top MBA programs in the world! Before starting the application process I considered myself a somewhat below average candidate for the top programs with a 3.3 GPA and a 690 GMAT. Rahima encouraged me to still apply and helped me develop my story and really strengthened every other part of my application. She was very well organized and a strong communicator. Because Rahima had strengthened my overall profile so much, I received an interview from every school I applied to. Rahima is incredible and I highly recommend her!"
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    (Saman, MBA Admissions)
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    "Rahima was helpful from start to finish -- from giving insightful comments on my first draft to taking a final look on the documents. She always offered helpful tips along the way and guided me to prioritize the right things at each step given my tight timeline. I really appreciate her helping me holistically plan my application work. Thank you, Rahima!"
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    (Anonymous, MBA Admissions)
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    Rahima was great to work with. She provided excellent advice on my business school essays for top tier MBA programs, helping me get into the school that I wanted. Aside from her help with my essays, the best part about working with her was her amazing responsiveness. I always felt like she was there for me and wanted the best for me. She gave strong, honest feedback, and also helped me prepare for my interviews.
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    (Cam, MBA Admissions)
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    If you are reading this testimonial, I'd like to congratulate you on finding THE BEST MBA coach out there. Rahima was incredible, and exceeded any expectations I had by miles! From our very first conversation, it was clear that she had experience and empathy I was looking for in a coach. I just can't imagine myself applying without her help! I worked with her on my MBA applications for HBS, Stanford GSB, and MIT LGO/Sloan (already got interview requests-decisions pending). What I thought was most unique about Rahima was that she took the time to listen to me and understand my story, before we even started brainstorming outlines. She guided me towards revealing and representing my story through numerous edits and indefinite patience. She was very accessible, and would reply within a few hours. I know you are probably contrasting and comparing now between different coaches, I can tell you choosing Rahima will be one of those decisions you wont regret!! I didn't feel for a second that she was trying to just get the job done, she would challenge me (even at version 8)- and sometimes have me rewrite entire sections just to go from perfect to exceptional. Thank you Rahima for all your support!! I cant emphasize this enough, Rahima is the best!
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    (Anonymous, MBA Admissions)