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 college and graduate admissions coaching and career coaching for over ten years. She has helped students gain admission into all the leading medical schools, public health schools, US and international top business schools, and a number of leading programs for public policy, public administration, science, education, engineering, healthcare administration, and other masters programs. In addition, her students have received admission to all of the Ivy League colleges and many other undergraduate colleges throughout the US and Canada. Rahima also provides strategic guidance, presentation preparation, essay edits, and project reviews for students in undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as targeted feedback, coaching, mentoring, and preparation for career transitions, scholarship applications, and job applications, including interview preparation, resume edits, and cover letter drafts.  Rahima deeply enjoys helping students build their narratives, find their voice, help their stories stand out, and craft personal, meaningful essays.

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)
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    "Rahima's recommendations about business schools and her advice on my application documents were clear, precise, and deliberate--a wonderful combination to help me think critically about the self-reflection necessary to succeed in this difficult process. I can honestly say I would not have gotten in without her. Thank you, Rahima!"
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    (Ben, MBA Admissions, MIT Sloan)
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    "Rahima's assistance, in brainstorming ideas, clarifying my message, and helping me convey my "big-picture" through my writing, was invaluable. Her comments and edits were specific and thoughtful and constantly pushed me to find ways to improve my writing. She was extremely kind, prompt with her responses, and always willing to help, even over the phone. She made the primary and secondary application process a lot less stressful, and I would recommend her to anyone applying to medical school."
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    (Anonymous, MD Admissions)
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    "Rahima is a truly exceptional career coach whose merits go well beyond her sessions and first-rate editing skills. Not least of Rahima's impressive academic accomplishments is her excellent sense of humor. She is an excellent career coach, one who is brilliant and sensible, a rare mixture. I am very happy to have had her as my career coach. I look forward to working with her in the future."
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    (Anonymous, Career Coaching)
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    "Rahima was truly a godsend throughout my entire MBA application process. From the moment I first connected with her, I knew she would be the perfect person, to help guide me through my b school applications. She helped craft a shortlist of schools, acted as a sounding board for my narrative/application profile, offered strong feedback and valuable edits to all of my essays, and coached me for my interviews. I firmly believe I couldn't have done this without her (though I'm sure she would modestly beg to differ because she is just the most encouraging person out there!) When in doubt, ask Rahima!"
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    (Julie, MBA Admissions)
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    "Rahima's guidance in navigating MBA applications was indispensable. Despite a shortened timeline and lack of familiarity with the admissions process Rahima helped me achieve admissions outcomes that I hadn't thought remotely possible. While Rahima's professional and coaching skills are wildly impressive, her accessibility and flexibility really set her apart, especially during such a crazy applications cycle. I'm truly grateful for Rahima's help and cannot recommend her highly enough."
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    (Anonymous, MBA Admissions)
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    "Rahima is a very professional and caring advisor. She has provided me the most optimal solutions and decisions through each process of my MBA applications while being willing to spend time discussing personal questions and aspirations. I am glad to have her help me in the MBA path."
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    (Ken, MBA Admissions)
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    "Rahima is a powerhouse of resources. She is very knowledgeable about the institutions and requirements. Given my decades-long abstinence from institutions of higher learning, this process was destined to be intimidating and challenging, but Rahima insisted that l put my best foot forward at all times irrespective of how clumpy. I cannot thank her enough. Up to the last minute of my submitting the application, despite how busy her day was, she called, lending her strength and her support knowing how anxiety ridden l was. She is the consummate coach, a coach's coach, and now l know why they call her a "Master" coach."
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    (Rosemary, Graduate Admissions)
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    "Rahima is amazing! If you're looking for someone to help you tell your story and get your essays down to fit in those annoying word/character counts, Rahima is the best. She's incredibly smart and well versed in the application process. As a "non-traditional" applicant, I had a lot of questions that she was able to answer. She is warm and understanding, but also knows when to push you. Her editing, as well as her support and experience, helped shape my essays into really clear and powerful pieces of writing. I could not have done this without her! Rahima really cared about me and my story, and took the time to understand what makes me unique. I felt like she was invested in my success and that I wasn't just another client to her. She takes the time to get to know you, and is responsive and prompt in her communication and work. It's a daunting process, and I'm so glad I had Rahima on my team to help keep me calm and help me complete my applications."
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    (Dana, MBA Admissions)
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    "Rahima helped me with my MBA applications. I was initially very cautious about hiring an MBA admissions coach in general. However, I was lucky enough to come across Rahima. At the time, it felt like a bit of a leap of faith, but in the end it was so worth it and she truly helped take my application to the next level. Rahima is extremely professional, responsive and reliable - even through the holidays and other commitments - I felt she was just as invested in the success of my application as I was! She was extremely helpful in crafting my story. In addition, she is an incredible writer and her edits to my essays (everything from content, structure and phrasing down to word choice) were great. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Rahima. She made the application process so much less daunting through her support, encouragement and honesty."
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    (Frances, MBA Admissions)
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    "Simply put, I could not have gotten through the MBA application process without Rahima's support. Her patience and genuine care in helping me refine my story and package my applications were invaluable. Not only did she answer every question I had, but she took time to hear my concerns and reassure me of my candidacy every step of the way. She was my cheerleader all the way through! Before working with a consultant, I thought I had done a good amount of research into the app process. But immediately upon working with Rahima I realized I would have missed so many opportunities throughout the application to highlight the strength of my candidacy. Rahima was an absolute pleasure to work with, and she gave me the confidence to apply to schools I had previously ruled out as too much of a stretch. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for help navigating the MBA app process!"
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    (Nina, MBA Admissions)
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    "Rahima is the most intelligent, kind, and thoughtful person I have ever met. She simultaneously has endless patience, while also working quickly and masterfully to tell your story and make you shine. Hiring Rahima was worth every penny and will help you be the most competitive candidate possible."
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    (Andrew, MBA Admissions)
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    "I can't even begin to describe how lost I would've been without Rahima. She is not only an exceptional writer and editor, but a great listener and communicator, not to mention incredibly supportive and kind. She listened carefully to my thoughts and ideas and used her extensive knowledge and intuition to guide me to a narrative that not only best suited me, but that I was 100% on board with. Her guidance, skills, and support were worth every single penny."
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    (Samantha, MBA Admissions)
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    "Rahima is a great coach for the application process. She is communicative and insightful and challenges you to dig deeper. Highly recommended for your application process!"
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    (Anonymous, MBA Admissions)