My Application

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.

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Preparing for Second Semester Classes

Congratulations on surviving Berkeley thus far! We have just entered into the middle of the semester, and now it’s time to start thinking about your classes for next semester. If you haven’t seen already, check out Berkeley Online Schedule of Classes for class offerings for Spring 2015! Telebears start on Monday, so here are some steps I suggest you follow to ensure you can get into all of your classes by January.

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Shown below is a list of resources that I find helpful and consult all the time if I have a question about anything. In addition, whenever I help people about classes or general advice, most of that information is pulled from these websites. I will be adding on to this if I find more resources, and I hope it helps you as well!

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Haas Perceptions

Several weeks ago, right before I started Advice from a Haas Major, I asked members of the Class of 2018 UC Berkeley Facebook Group to give a description of what they thought about Haas through an anonymous survey. I asked each responder to write a one word description of the Haas School of Business in order to spur more people to answer. In 15 hours, I received 161 entries, deleted the obvious spam (my personal favorite: WouldYouTakeThisMomentToLearnAboutOurLordAndSaviorJesusChrist? Nah I don’t think so), clustered similar words, and put them together in Wordle. It’s shown below.

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20 Myths about Applying to Haas

There is always a set of assumptions that seem to be pervasive in every applicant’s mind when considering what Haas does and does not accept. Let me tell you something: there’s no set formula. There is no magical amount of internships you need to do, no set GPA, no amount of connections in your non-existent network; nor is there any key position you need to obtain in some business club. There is no perfect candidate. It’s an arbitrary process. In fact, there is literally no key to getting into Haas. Here are some myths, debunked, when you’re thinking about applying to Haas as an undergraduate.

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An Introduction

Hi everyone, and welcome! My name is Tiffany Qi, and I am an upcoming junior undergraduate studying Business Administration at the Haas School of Business in the University of California Berkeley. In addition to Business, I will obtain a double minor in Chinese Studies and Linguistics upon graduation in May 2016.

There are a frightening low number of public resources for undergraduates wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the Haas School of Business. And I don’t mean the ones that state what happens when you get there, or the general advice you receive when you actually apply to Haas. No, I mean internship advice. Classes to take your first semester. What activities to pursue. How to manage a back-up major when Haas itself is already such a lofty goal. Whether Haas is worth it. There is such a large amount of people who pursue the pre-Haas path, and approximately half of those freshmen ultimately turn away from the curriculum, the culture, and ultimately the competition of Haas before applying. Sometimes, the notion that all Haas people are cutthroat pervade the minds of students and creates a negative impression – because let’s face it. We all know that’s what people think.

I want to change that.

Don’t let one pretentious “Haashole” ruin your perception of Haas. I admit, when I was a freshmen, and even a sophomore, I thought the same way. But as soon as I took some upper division classes with some current Haas students, I realized that the major was just like all the other ones, with its fair share of asses and angels.

The goal for this blog is to provide a down-to-earth, insightful and helpful resource from one student to another about Haas, what to expect, and how to prepare for it. Everyone deserves that chance to succeed, not just those who have better connections than others.

My single biggest passion is simply to help others, and I stand by this philosophy every day. In truth, I have been answering questions thrown my way since June 2013, with the creation of CalAsk. Just this summer, I have received over 30 personal inquiries, and this doesn’t include the many questions I have answered for the public on Facebook or on CalAsk in the past. Everyone asks these questions, everyone deserves to find the answers to their questions without having to be secretive about it.

Stay tuned, and I hope all of your inquiries will be answered by the close of the summer. You, Haas-soon-to-be; I wish you luck on your journey.

I’d like to dedicate this blog to the many incoming freshmen who were brave enough to ask a stranger about her experience at Haas, as well as to my roommate, who told me to consolidate all my answers into a blog for everyone to see.