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45 Questions with Sebastian, Germany (INSEAD)

Gloria Ho

Meet Sebastian. A current student at INSEAD Business School, who is in his 1styear of studies for his Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Prior to entering INSEAD, he worked in China. And he is a full-time international student from Germany. 


Specifics

1. What school do you study in? 

INSEAD Business School.

2. Do you/others have a nickname for the school? 

Singy/Fonty for the Singapore and France campus respectively. 

3. Why did you choose this school? 

I chose this school because the MBA program here is a 1 year program and I like that it’s short as compared to the usual 2 years. I also attended a Masters class event in Hong Kong and it was a nice experience interacting with the people from INSEAD. Also, the fact that the school is very international diverse just adds to the experience. When I say diverse, it’s not just about the nationalities, but that everybody has different aims and each come here but not to stay here. 


Scene (Questions that give hints of the school culture) 

4. What is a scene that you often see in the school? 

People travelling either from or to airport. 

5. What is one thing that you wish you knew before enrollment? 

I knew everything I wanted to know. 

6. Your school is great, but if you could change one thing, what would it be? 

I would add one more floor as it can get quite crowded once in awhile.  

7.  And if there’s one thing you’d never change? 

The compactness and the gym. 

8. The unofficial uniform of your school is? 

None, I don’t see people wearing the same thing. 

9. When you meet a new friend for the first time and you have to describe your school with one word, what would it be? 

Colorful.

10. What is one place in the school that you are proud of? 

Breakout room (BOR) 267, it’s just above the stairs and you get a bit of view there. 

45 Questions with Sebastian, Germany (INSEAD)Breakout rooms in INSEAD Business School, Singapore

11. If you could swap programs for a day, what would it be? 

Ours is a Business school so we only have business/executive programs but if I had to choose I would try Sociology.

12. What is a common myth of your school? 

That everybody goes into consulting in the end. Although it’s true, it’s not entirely true. 

13. If you ever had to stay in school past 9pm, what would it be because? 

Group work. 

14. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in the school? 

DASH – where everyone dress up in costumes and even attend classes in it. 

15. What is your one guilty pleasure you indulge in in school? 

Every lunch I would go to canteen for their fruit water. 

16. If you were given $5 million dollars to revamp the school, what would you do with it? 

I think it’s pretty good as it is, I would just expand it. 

17. In between classes, where can we find you? 

Study/group meeting booths. 

45 Questions with Sebastian, Germany (INSEAD)Study/group meeting booths in INSEAD Business School, Singapore campus


Tips (Info for future students) 

18. What is the best place to be as one with your laptop and lecture recordings? 

Break Out Room (BOR) 267 or the individual pods. 

45 Questions with Sebastian, Germany (INSEAD)Individual pods for students to use in INSEAD Business School, Singapore campus

19. In the occasion that the school has to downsize till only ONE food place remains, what will it be? 

Indian food.

45 Questions with Sebastian, Germany (INSEAD)Canteen of INSEAD Business School, Singapore campus

20. For free electricity in the school, where would you go to? 

Most places in school have electrical plugs available. 


Programs & Electives

21. What program are you in? 

Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

22. Is this related to your dream job? 

Yes, I would probably go into an entrepreneurial role in future.  

23. Do you know the actual value of your degree? 

$80,800 Euros for a  1 year program. 

24. Do you think a degree in your course is cost efficient in terms of the quality of education you are receiving versus what you are paying? 

Yes. 

25. In your opinion, how much should a degree in your program cost? 

I think it’s pretty worthwhile as it is. So maybe about $70,000 - $90,000 Euros because I believe that what you pay is what you get. 

26. What is the most unforgettable module you have taken? 

Management of Services which teaches you how to manage service companies. I find this module the most useful and relevant to what I did before so I can relate and say that I learnt something new. 

27. If you could be exempted from any module in your program, what would it be? 

None that I’ve chosen to take and hate. 

28.What advice would you give to future students about module selection and planning? 

Take as many interesting courses as you want early on so you have flexibility later on. 

29. If you had to choose one, would you advise a Singapore Junior College (JC)  or Polytechnic (poly) student to join your program? 

Not applicable. 

30. In what scenarios will any student be exempted from any modules? 

NIL.

31. Theory vs. Practical. In what ratio would you say your program content is? 

35:65

32. On a scale of 1 – 10, how employable do you think students from your program are? 

8-9

33. Name 3 job fields people from your program go into.

Consulting

Leadership programs 

Entrepreneurial roles or working for start-ups. 

34. Favorite Professor? 

Most of the professors here are good and I don’t have a favourite one. 

35. What is one thing that most people don’t know about your program? 

People underestimate the amount of work and personal development we put in. A big part and the most useful one is actually self realization and all the psychological stuff. 

36. Ideal tutorial class size versus reality?

Ideal: 30-35

Reality: 60-70 for the popular class. 

37. Given a chance to go on exchange, which country would you choose? 

United States just for the fun of it since I’ve already been to France and Singapore.  

38. Common exam formats include:

It depends on the modules but the common ones are essays and MCQs. Here, we only have exams for the core modules and not for electives. Electives are more about group projects or individual assignments. 


Extra-Curriculum & Other Schools Activities

39. Outside of the curriculum, do you have any other commitments in school? 

No, I’m not super involved though I do go to events once in awhile. A notable mention though, would be our successful rugby team.

40. Would you say that it is difficult to manage both studies and other school activities? 

Not applicable. 

41. In your opinion, are there enough clubs & societies in school for students to choose from? 

Yes, there are tons. 

42. How do you think a Extra-Curriculum Activity add value to a student's overall experience? 

Self realization and personal development.

43. The most memorable school event that you have attended would be: 

A big house party that I attended while I was over at the Fonty campus. 

44. If you had to pay to NOT attend a particular event in school, what will it be? 

Some recruitment events but it depends on the company. 

45. Is the school doing enough to engage students? 

Yes. 


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