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New post 22 Sep 2017, 14:14
Hi everybody,

A few days ago the essay topic for the St.Gallen SIM Program admission has been announced.

"Today humanity is facing unprecedented challenges on a global scale. In your view, are we asking the right questions, are we focusing on the relevant root problems- or have we so far missed out to address the key drivers of our progress and wellbeing? Please focus your critical reflections on the one most fundamental key driver and argue thoroughly."

Any ideas/ approaches on this year topic?
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Hey :)

I suppose it's a bit late to answer now, but here are my thoughts:
They make the question deliberately broad, and how you choose to adress it is also part of the answer.
I picked a topic where I feel that I could express some personal views about social justice in a global context.

Did you apply in R1?
I applied and am waiting anxiously for the admissions results which will come some time this week.
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New post 18 Dec 2017, 05:39
Thank you for your reply EMN94.

Good luck to your application.

Actually I haven't applied yet, waiting for my GMAT exams.

Do you mind sharing your profile (anonymously of course) as a candidate. I really want to know the student that SIM programme attracts

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Thank you :)
Sure :) Anything to distract me from checking my emails, haha.

Nationality: Swiss/Swedish
Gender: female (might make a difference as they try to go for 50/50)
GPA: 5.1/6 (Bachelor in Business Admin. in St Gallen)
GMAT: 760 (high verbal, ok quant)
Work experience: currently doing an internship at a Big 4
Extracurriculars: Was president of a student-driven non-profit for a year, board member of a consulting club (organizing events for students interested in consulting) for 1.5 years, and board member of the LGBTI+ association for a year. I was also a volunteer with the aforementioned non-profit twice, once in Asia and once in Africa.

My grades are quite good but not mind-blowing, but I think my high GMAT score makes up for it. I think I get quite high points for extracurriculars, and the fact that I have some work experience is likely a plus as well. Overall I think I have relatively good chances, but I have no way of judging how the interview went, because it's such a strange format.

What is your background like?
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Congratulations on your GMAT score. That is impressing. :thumbup:

Overall I believe that your GMAT score along with the Big 4 experience most likely will secure you a spot in the SIM class. The only way that you can mess it up is by a tremendously bad :lol: interview.

What was the interview like this year?

My profile:

Nationality: Greek
Gender: Male
GPA: 8.01/10 (It is like 5-6 % of class, I don't know the exact conversion - Bachelor in Business Admin. AUEB)
GMAT: Pending
Work experience: currently doing my military service - 1 year experience as Strategy & Operations consultant at a BIG 4
Extracurriculars:
- Volunteer Consulant at a well known organization - two engagements in Africa & Asia
- Member of Parliament of Youth
- Course Mentor for an online course of a well known US University
- Researcher with scholarship from a European Research Center
- Student Representative for Greece in a European initiative by European Commission in Rome
- Pro bono consultant of an agriculture startup
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Thank you :-) I was so nervous during the exam, I wasn't sure I'd even broken 700. So I was really positively surprised myself, haha.

I think your profile looks promising as well. From what I've been told, they look for well-rounded people, and it seems like your profile checks a lot of different boxes.

The interview was I think quite similar to last year. I only got 6 questions or so, and though I dont remember them exactly, there was one like "what would be the biggest benefit to you of an international class/how do you view being part of an international program", one like "name three different views on [miscellaneous social issue]", and a few completely random and seemingly shallow ones. I suppose it's an efficient way of getting a look at the candidate unfiltered. I found it a bit bewildering, but that's nothing new.
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Thank you for your feedback and insights.

Let hope that we will both be at St.Gallen next year :grin:
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Consider joining this thread for more info on SIM application.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/calling-all- ... 55798.html
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