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!"
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Saman, MBA Admissions)