Counselor Interview

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Faye Mackenzie Faye Mackenzie
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Since joining Agos in 2013, Faye has helped hundreds of clients gain admission to top MBA, MPH, MPP/MPA, LLM, PhD, and other graduate programs at top schools in the US, Europe, and Asia. Originally from Scotland, Faye graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc in Biomolecular Sciences. While in her native UK, Faye volunteered for the National Autistic Society, which developed her interest in communication and social responsibility. After moving to Japan, she then moved into academic editing. Following the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, Faye co-founded a volunteer group to raise funds to assist those worst affected. She then helped organize two further events in aid of the victims of natural disasters. As one of only two Japan-based admissions consultants to attend the AIGAC 2015 conference, she gained first-hand knowledge of the best business schools in Europe. At the 2016 AIGAC conference, she visited Tuck, HBS, HKS, Fletcher, and MIT, and can share insights into the unique aspects of these schools. Bringing together her experience in editing, writing, and teaching, combined with her detail-oriented, supportive approach, she will guide clients through all aspects of the challenging application process.

A bit about me….

Initially, I planned to stay in Japan for one year, but I loved so many things about the country, and indeed Asia, that I extended my stay indefinitely. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to follow my passions here, and in addition to exploring Japan and Japanese culture, I’ve studied photography and yoga and developed my interest in all things health related. Completing the Tokyo Marathon and Oxfam Trailwalker have been some of the high points of my time here.

Why did you come to Japan?

I love to travel and have always been fascinated by cultures in other parts of the world, so when the opportunity arose to come to Japan, I didn’t hesitate. I love the mix of traditional and futuristic here and the energy of Tokyo, not to mention the people, the food, and the amazing skiing!

What do you like best about your work?

I love working one on one with clients and getting to know them well to help them achieve their goals in the most efficient and realistic way possible. I feel privileged to meet people on such interesting paths in life, from all different backgrounds, and to help them reach their full potential. It’s always fascinating to hear how clients intend to use their experience in Japan and their postgraduate studies in the future.

How would you describe your admissions consulting style?

I like to listen to people and get to know them well in order to give honest and realistic advice and support. My editing background makes me detail oriented, which I bring to CV and resume work. It also helps me identify experiences that might make all the difference to your application. I appreciate that everyone’s goals are different, and can tailor my approach to meet your needs.

What advice do you have for students?

The application process requires serious commitment and hard work. I want us to work together to give the best possible representation of your skills and abilities to your chosen schools. Building a good relationship will help me to best support you through this process.

Final comments

Having moved to a new country myself, I know how daunting and stressful it can be. At the same time, I know how incredible and valuable the experience is. Likewise, as hard as the application process can be, I believe that by doing it properly, and considering all the advice and information available to you at AGOS, you can position yourself to maximize your chance of success. I look forward to working with you!