York University – Schulich BBA Application Example
Schulich has now moved towards a more technologically savvy application. This involves still filling out their leadership profile, but also includes a three-question video interview: one question that is set, and two that are random. This all makes the Schulich BBA Application very difficult.
To help you out with this application, we have given a sample of the 1st question, and a variety of other questions that will cover the main themes.
Activity: Basketball head coach, ages 14-15
Referee: Firstname Lastname, President, firstname.lastname@example.org, 555 867 5309
Learning outcome (max 750 characters): As head coach of a team of 12 teenagers, I improved my patience, bettered my parent interaction, and ultimately became a great leader. Being the sole person responsible for 12 teenagers is no easy task but taught me to adapt my leadership skills to the situation and that there is no one recipe for being a good leader. In this example, I tried to ensure our practices were strict, yet fun based in order to keep the kids in line, while maintaining their interests. This is opposed to when I was coaching younger children and I had to take on a more authoritative leadership role as that was how the children best responded. Ultimately, this experience was invaluable and will undoubtedly assist me in becoming a leader at Schulich.
1. Why do you want to study at the Schulich School of Business?
I want to study at the Schulich school of business because it offers Canada’s first and most recognized international business undergraduate degree and is part of a top notch academic institution. The Schulich School of business not only has the most recognized iBBA in Canada, but one of its MBA programs is ranked the best in the world, further proving that the school is world renowned.
This quality of education will help me achieve my long term goals of being an international management consultant. The iBBA program perfectly prepares me for such a career unlike any other business degree in Canada. In particular, I am deeply interested in the Strategic Management for International Business course in 4th year as I think that perfectly aligns with my desired career choice. Furthermore, the international exchange in 3rd year is absolutely something I think will benefit me, both personally, and academically, ultimately setting me up for my long term goals. There is no other program in Canada I would rather study at and I think that not only is Schulich a great fit for me, but I am also a good fit for it.
2. What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership can be defined as “a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”. I think this definition is pretty accurate as it is so much more than just “leading” or “organizing” people as the key parts of leadership are to influence people in order to accomplish something. Without some sort of accomplishment, you have failed as a leader. Even if that accomplishment ends up being something different, there needs to be a take away. Conversely, if that accomplishment is achieved but not as a result of your influence, you have also failed as a leader.
The importance of leadership cannot be overlooked as strong leadership has the potential to achieve great things. For example, Mark Messier in the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals, boldly stated that his team, the New York Rangers, would win game six as they were down 3 games to 2. To follow up the claim, the Rangers were trailing 2-0, but then Messier single handedly took over by scoring 3 consecutive goals to win the game. The following game, his teammates obviously took notice and they won the game, series, and eventually the Stanley Cup. In this example, Mark Messier not only influenced the performance of other people, he led by example and was a huge part of the ultimate accomplishment. Thus, leadership is a three- parter – 1. To influence and inspire, 2. To lead and execute and 3. To achieve an accomplishment. I believe I have all the traits and characteristics to be a great leader and contributor to Schulich.
3. Provide an example where you had to take on a leadership role
In grade 11, I founded and was captain of my high school table tennis team. It all started when a few friends and I discovered a table tennis table in one of the teachers’ break rooms. We then frequently got permission from some teachers to use the table on our spare. Given the widespread popularity of the table, I approached the principal of the school and asked if we could start an official table tennis team. I had heard that a few other high schools in the region had official teams, thus I thought it would be a good way to make a case for such a team at our school. Before the principal gave us the go-ahead, I had to come up with intent-to-participate of 40 students.
I therefore took the initiative and got the signatures, which resulted in me being given permission to start a team. I put out a few ads around the school and had an official sign up day. The amount of interest was overwhelming as we had 75 people sign up. As a result, I had to organize and manage try-outs as we could only carry a team of 28. After successfully organizing and executing the try-outs, we had our team. However, in order for us to be able to effectively practice, I had to get more tables. As such, I approached local businesses and got 2 different businesses to donate a table each.
From there, I ran practices and led the team of 27 other students. I planned and ran the practices, ordered our official uniforms, and led the creation of a regional table tennis tournament. The hard work paid off as our team won the team competition, I won the single’s tournament, and another one of our teams won the double’s tournament. My leadership was fueled by determination, good planning, and leading by example and it paid off tremendously. These traits will help me excel at Schulich.
4. What is your greatest strength and why?
My greatest strength is my need to be efficient. Everything I do must be done as efficiently as possible. This is a tremendous strength as it helps me be more productive, in less time. Moreover, it routines results in me looking at problems and attempting to solve them as also allows me to look at things from a different angle, coming up with ideas in the process. This need for efficiency can be seen in everything I do, from walking across the street to formatting a word document. For instance, when walking across the street, it is more efficient for me to walk across the street in a direct street line, perpendicular to the curb as it will minimize the amount of time ongoing traffic would have to wait.
Similarly, when formatting a Word document on the computer, I would do all the same formatting tasks together, before proceeding onto the next, rather than doing it page by page as I can do the same task over and over more quickly than having to switch between various tasks. Applying this to education, I quickly determine the most effective ways to take notes, as well as how to study them. Applying this to business, in my jobs, I frequently determine the most efficient way to do work as well as how to delegate and manage work. As such, I think with my dedication and strive towards efficiency, I will not only succeed at Schulich, but also with the education I get at Schulich, I will be well prepared to start my career.
5. What are your goals after school and how will Schulich help you achieve them?
My goals for after school are to become a management consultant before opening up my own consulting practice. After graduation, I believe my education at Schulich will help me land a position at a consulting firm. From there, I intend to grow my resume and career, gaining many years of experience and hopefully becoming Partner. From there, I intend to open my own boutique consulting firm. I understand those are ambitious goals, but I believe Schulich is the place for me to get the required education to get me the job, and help me succeed at that job.
The iBBA program perfectly prepares me for such a career unlike any other business degree in Canada. In particular, I am deeply interested in the Strategic Management for International Business course in 4th year as I think that perfectly aligns with my desired career choice. Furthermore, the international exchange in 3rd year is absolutely something I think will benefit me, both personally, and academically, ultimately setting me up for my long term goals. There is no other program in Canada I would rather study at and I think that not only is Schulich a great fit for me, but I am also a good fit for it.
This is just an example of the Schulich BBA application. You may not copy this in any way. Best of luck on your application!