Cian S.

Cian S.


Columbia U alum and incoming Harvard Law student; expert in admissions

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Studied at Columbia University

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Works at McKinsey & Company

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Cian’s College Qualifications

Coaches professionally

Open to working with clients outside the U.S.

Cian has helped clients get into these schools:

I have helped students apply and be accepted to a number of prestigious undergraduate programs, including Ivy+ schools (e.g., Harvard, Columbia, Duke) and liberal arts colleges (e.g., Williams). I am deeply familiar with what these schools are looking for in candidates -- including what makes each institution unique. I also have excellent writing and storytelling skills which I will use to help you stand out from the crowd as an applicant. I am excited to help students from the planning phases (e.g., which clubs to join? which schools to apply to? how to position myself in an application?) all the way through execution (e.g., what should I focus on in my essay? how can I improve my first draft?), and with everything in between.

Cian can help with:

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Secondary Review


Ding Analysis

School Selection

Application Strategy




Waitlist Strategy

Cian also coaches for Master’s Programs, Management Consulting, and Law School. View all.

About Cian

2023 LELAND TOP COACH | INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS | SR ASC MCK MIDDLE EAST | I graduated from Columbia undergrad in 2019, then spent the next three years as a consultant at McKinsey in NYC. In 2022, I was named a Schwarzman Scholar and went to Tsinghua University in Beijing where I received my Master's in Global Affairs. This February, I moved to Saudi Arabia to return to McKinsey as a Senior Associate before I enroll at Harvard Law School in 2025 where I am a deferred admit. I love working with folks from around the world (I've lived in five countries and will make it six in 2024). I am passionate about using basketball to connect with people across different cultures, finding the best restaurants in whichever city I am in, and inclusive, sustainable economic development. I'm super excited to support the next generation of leaders as they prepare for academic and professional careers that will create a positive impact in the world!

Why do I coach?

I love working with people who are motivated to improve their skills and position themselves to lead. Growing up, I was passionate about academic and professional achievement -- my parents played an important part inspiring me to launch myself into the echelons of universities and other institutions that influence the way our world works: from policy, to politics, to the economy, to innovation. But, I didn't have role models who had the familiarity with how these places worked (and how to break into them) that so many of my peers did. I want to level the playing field by sharing my institutional knowledge, skills, and passion with others looking to achieve at the highest levels.

Work Experience

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Senior Associate

McKinsey & Company

February 2024 - Present

Doha/Riyadh Office

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Senior Business Analyst

McKinsey & Company

August 2019 - August 2022

New York Office

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Summer Associate


June 2018 - August 2018

Corporate Strategy and Development Team

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Summer Associate


June 2017 - August 2017

Financial Services Division

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Summer Legislative Intern

United States Senate

June 2016 - July 2016

Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Cian was also given offers to work at

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    Qatar Investment Authority Advisory

  • 17a - Advising Logo

    17a - Advising


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National Tsinghua University

Masters of Global Affairs, Global Affairs

2022 - 2023

Schwarzman Scholar:

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Columbia University

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

2015 - 2019

Cian was also personally admitted to

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    University of Chicago

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    Washington University in St. Louis

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    Harvard Law School

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