I, like many others, have graduated from the Haas School of Business. As result, I am no longer a good fit to post here anymore.
However, I’d be open to the idea of someone else continuing this blog for me! Feel free to contact me at email@example.com, and I’d be interested to chat about what you could do to take the blog forward. I will not be replying to other emails. I suggest you take a look at various Facebook groups and contact current or prospective students instead.
Regardless of whether someone continues this work, there is already a lot of my writing here in the public! This final post is to compile all the information I’ve put out in the public. I separate it by applications, curriculum, extracurriculars, and my own personal advice and story. If you’re interested in what I’ve learned during my four years at UC Berkeley, feel free to take a look at my learnings post on Medium.
Extracurriculars & Activities
Thank you for your love and readership during these past couple of years. I enjoyed writing with you. Good luck!
Welcome incoming freshmen! Good to see that you’ve chosen UC Berkeley as the school of your choice, and good to see you’re interested in Haas.
A very common question I’ve received from students lately is how to choose your first semester schedule at Cal, and it’s amazing I haven’t written about it before; so here goes!
In a nutshell, I suggest you take these classes your first semester:
- R&C or fun / breadth / pre-req
- fun / breadth / pre-req
- fun / breadth / pre-req
Reality? Nothing happens. Nothing happens when you get in, either.
Yesterday, hundreds of people received a congratulatory message from the Haas School of Business, yet other hundreds received a not so encouraging one. Some celebrated, others were disappointed.
Whatever was the result of that outcome, or the outcome that is to come, remember that your major does not dictate your career nor your life. If everyone had to be a business major to do consulting or accounting, the corporate world wouldn’t be as diverse as it is today.
If you will soon enter the Haas Class of 2017; congratulations! If you did not, that’s okay. Both of your journeys do not end at this point. Instead, you have to work even harder in order to do what you love.
In a couple of days, one more semester will start, leading to another semester of accomplishments and mistakes, happiness and sorrows, love and heartbreak. I know I’m looking forward to it! (Not being sarcastic here, I swear)
When the semester ended, I had talked with a couple of freshmen who were anxious and disappointed of how their first semester at Cal turned out. Some didn’t get the grades they wanted. Some decided to switch majors halfway through. Some didn’t find where they belonged.
When I completed my first semester, I pretty much embodied all of these problems. I didn’t meet what I thought would be a “core” group of friends. I thought getting anything below a 4.0 was a terrible GPA (that high school mentality showing). I didn’t really like business or linguistics. I stayed in my dorm a lot, my floor wasn’t social, I didn’t get along with my roommate, and didn’t enjoy my extracurriculars of that semester. I didn’t like what I was doing, didn’t have direction, and didn’t feel like I belonged.
Before you say anything: it’s okay to have opinions. It’s okay to change direction. You have four years to ponder the life that you will be living.
When I finally thought about college, it was the summer right before my senior year of high school. I had many interests, but I had to write down a list of all the majors I was going to consider; and boy was it a hefty one! Things like foreign language, design, neuroscience, and pharmacy were on all that list. Eventually, it came down to business and translation; the latter of which was my primary interest at the time. I thought about business primarily because my mother suggested it. I know, I should follow my own dreams and not my parents’. But I wanted to remain open to all possible paths, so I considered the idea. I eventually applied and chose Berkeley because of their business program in addition to its strengths in nearly every other program. I figured that if I changed my mind, Cal would have something else for me.
Hey everyone! I am sure many of you are out diligently working on those Haas apps right now. As a reminder, they are due on December 1 at 4pm. Make sure you get them in before then, or else they will NOT be considered. More info on Application and Selection for Haas Undergraduates.
As promised, I wanted to talk about my own application as a successful applicant of the Haas School of Business. As a reminder, it consists of 50% grades and coursework, 35% essays, and 15% resume.
Hey guys! I want to share a little bit about where I want to go in the upcoming weeks, and some updates about Haas apps.
To the sophomores out there: Haas apps are going to be released Monday, November 3, and will be due at 4pm on December 1, right after Thanksgiving break. Please take the time to start those essays early so that you convey yourself well on paper. There will be a Haas Application Workshop hosted by HBSA on Thursday, November 6 at 5:30pm that you should go to, to get your questions answered and get advice about starting and going about the application! I recommend everyone go to this.
In the upcoming weeks, I will share my own Haas application (includes the resume, awards, volunteering experience, and the essays) with everyone so you can see how a successful applicant went about the process. I will NOT be giving out my essays, but I will talk a bit about what they sounded like and what I wrote about. In addition, I will be releasing a post about “Identity and Business” because I’ve changed my business career so many times; I just want to share it with you all.
If you have a question directly for me, want to get personalized help with the application, or simply want another pair of eyes to look at the essays, do not hesitate to send me a message, and we can talk!
Good luck Haas Class of 2017!