UBC – Sauder BCom Essay Example

Below is a Sauder BCom essay example. This essay is not to be re-used or copied in any way, but rather just as a sample that can help guide you.

1. Explain how you responded to a significant challenge that you have encountered and what you learned in the process. (maximum 200 words)

I changed schools in the 11th grade. Having grown up with a close circle of friends for many years, I was quite nervous about fitting into the new school culture. What friends would I make? What would they think of me? What if things are run differently here? These questions and more kept me up at night for days – being an anxious person, dealing with this was top priority before school started. I decided to take charge: I researched as much as I could about the school, including notable faculty, what daily life was like, if there were any students I was connected with on LinkedIn, as well as figuring out when the first soccer tryouts were. What this did was give me a sense of confidence, and I hit the ground running on my first day. My psychology teacher (a former university professor) was particularly impressed when I asked a question about his research into consumer buying behaviour. The soccer coach was equally impressed, as tryouts took place before school started. This was the first of many challenges I have faced since then, but the confidence gained from the experience helped pave the path to who I am today.

2. Describe a difficult decision have had to make while in a leadership role. What factors influenced your decision and what was the final outcome? (maximum 200 words)

In the 9th grade, nine of my classmates and I were on a 3-day school hiking trip on Vancouver Island in Strathcona Provincial Park. We lost touch with our leader on the second day at one point, and quickly came to a realization we were lost. Most of us having little wilderness experience, I realized we had little time to lose in finding our way to safety: I looked at our supplies (food, clothing, water, but unfortunately no satellite phone), and judged our options. After deciding that we should continue on our route back to the main camp, I delegated tasks based on who would be the best at each. We had to set up camp overnight, as the camp was much too far to reach by nightfall. By leveraging everyone’s strengths and working as a team, we were able to make it back to camp where we met up with our leader. It turns out she was hiding and had intentionally “lost” us to give us a more immersive experience! The biggest learning opportunity out of this was decision making in a pressurized environment, especially such a novel arena as camping!

3. Describe a group project or experience that required collaboration. How did you foster teamwork? (maximum 200 words)

Rowing is all about teamwork. One stroke a split second out of tune throws off the rest of the crew – as a result, working together is critical to success. As a coxswain on my team, I worked with coaches to lead practices, plan training routines, and captain the crew during regattas (race events). As part of my role, I fostered a collaborative environment through post-practice meetings and team bonding events. To ensure we got the most out of each practice, I had each person debrief what went well and what to improve upon for next time. This generated a very formidable feedback loop, where we could all share strategies for overcoming small challenges. Our crew need to be thinking on the same wavelength, which is much easier to do as friends. To create a friendly atmosphere, I would plan team events every month (i.e. team dinner, laser tag, etc.), where we would have a task to complete in small groups – the catch was that it was only possible to succeed by working together. Not only was this fun, but it also established empathy within the team. By working together, we became that much more connected as a crew.

4. Tell us about an experience, in school or out, that caused you to rethink or change your perspective. What impact has this had on you? (maximum 200 words)

On a family trip to San Francisco in the 11th grade, I thought it would be interesting to tour the Tesla factory in Fremont. Little did I know that this would change my direction of thinking completely. Prior to this brief, two hour experience I had always wanted to be an automotive engineer – I was very much intrigued by the problems they solved in designing and building cars. At the factory, however, I realized there was the business side to making cars as well – specifically the operations and logistics side of things. Everywhere I looked, I saw strict order and sequence of events in the building and designing of the vehicles. After further investigation, I came to realize how much thinking went into each of those events in order to do so safely and cost-efficiently. As an avid car guy, I know I want to eventually work in the auto industry. Seeing the manufacturing and engineering processes was an eye-opening experience: I realized that optimizing business processes was just as integral to making a great car as is solving the technical problems. It has changed the way I think about product design completely.

5. Tell us about one of the activities you listed, explaining what your goals were, what you did to pursue them, the results achieved, and what you learned in the process. (maximum 200 words)

My goal was to become a better communicator, specifically understanding how people learned complex things. I have a passion for high-tech, and being able to communicate my passion would be critical, especially in business. As such, I established free classes for seniors in English and computers at my local temple, and ran it for two years. This involved business development (advertising the class and generating a student base), HR (hiring another teacher to join me), and lesson planning. The biggest thing I learned from the experience was how to communicate with people, especially by using another language to explain English. As well, with computers: I grew up with them, thus I am quite tech-literate. The eye-opening realization was that not everyone is like me. As such, I learned to rethink my words before speaking so as to effectively orate what I meant, creating less chance for confusion in communication. As well, this gave me an opportunity to critically think about what I was saying, and judging whether or not it would produce a benefit to the conversation. The experience made me a better communicator as well as being an opportunity to give back to my community.


Once again, this Sauder BCom Essay example cannot be duplicated or copied in any way.

Alex Dorward

Alex Dorward

Alex is the co-founder of UniversityHub (now CampusRankings) and current Technical Director for CampusRankings. Alex grew up in Ottawa before attending St FX in Antigonish, NS. After graduating, he joined Accenture and is currently a Manager in Accenture Digital.

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