Mein Weg vom Heidelberg College zur EBS
Even before I was in Germany, I already knew EBS. At that time I had already developed a deep interest in business administration and decided early on to apply to this university. So why the EBS? Firstly because of the environment, because compared to the crowded in other large cities, the EBS is located in a place where people can come to rest and learn. Second, because of the teaching and learning method. Sometimes speakers come from big companies that can teach students a lot. At the end of the day, in business, it's not always best to keep learning theories. Listening to the opinions of major business figures can definitely make you learn more.
At the beginning of 2021 I started applying at EBS and with the help of GEP, who supported the entire application process, it was a lot more beneficial. For example, the documents to be submitted, etc., the GEP teachers discussed all of this directly with EBS. A curriculum vitae, optionally in German or English, is required for the application. I wrote it in English and sent it to GEP, who then sent me back with further ideas and suggestions for changes. Then I corrected everything and submitted it to EBS.
After more than a week, I received an email inviting me to an interview in March. There was also a written test that I had to take. About a week before the interview, the GEP teacher Thanh and I had a few video conferences, mainly we did sample interviews and practiced possible questions and my answers to them. The first interview was more freestyle and not really good because I spoke in German (you can choose German or English as the interview language). After this first interview, GEP wrote a few pages of feedback and gave me suggestions for improvement and what I should pay attention to. In the evening I thought about what I wanted to say and wrote it down. The second trial interview was much better and we spoke English with each other.
When I had the official appointment at EBS, I was very relaxed because the interviewer from EBS is a very humorous person. The whole conversation was very relaxed and there was not the usual pressure as in other job interviews. At the beginning I introduced myself in German and answered his questions, later EBS asked me to switch to English. I did not understand a question and had to ask again what was meant, whereupon the question was repeated patiently. I still remember an unexpected question that GEP and I hadn't expected: EBS asked me which three items I would take with me if I were stranded on an uninhabited island. The first thought that came to mind was Bear Grylls: D But I told EBS that I would take a small knife and a map with me. I was still thinking about which third item I would take with me, but couldn't think of anything, then I said that two items were enough and that I didn't need a third one. EBS laughed and then said: Good, the less the better.
Then I was allowed to ask questions, I had asked how the situation on campus was and gradually all my questions were answered in detail. The whole conversation lasted about 20 to 30 minutes, the first half we spoke German, the second half English, that was really relaxed. At the end I was told that I would get a response within two weeks, as the EBS still had to consult with the other teachers about me after the interview.
The interview was on Wednesday and on Friday I received the admission notice from Thanh. I sat on the bed and immediately jumped up for joy. The process was really quick and smooth. The earlier you apply, the better it is. EBS was my dream university and I am happy to finally go to university after more than four years of school career.