Following up with my gigantic list of business clubs, I thought it would only be fitting if I talked about my own experience with extracurriculars. Experiences definitely vary person to person, and if you’re interested in learning more about a particular time of mine, feel free to shoot me an email! In addition, you should definitely ask members about their own experience in their organization, because these are not standardized.
Just now, I released a comprehensive list of most Berkeley business organizations I could find on the interwebs. It’s quite a long list! Do not feel compelled to participate in all of them. In fact, I would discourage you from doing so. Here are some suggestions in regards to how to pick your battles and make the most out of your extracurriculars.
1. I suggest choosing one or two clubs to be actively involved in, whether it’s in a committee or as a general member. Find a way to participate as much as possible, go to their events, and make connections (both personal and professional) within your sphere. Great things will come to those who are open to others! In addition, I say one or two clubs because anything more than that will tire you out. Feel free to participate in the many events such extracurriculars host, however! There is often very little pressure, and no one really knows you’re not presently a member in that club. It’s always good to keep your options open and hear what others have to say.
At Berkeley, we have a ton of business related clubs to choose from, and sometimes it’s hard to find a comprehensive list of organizations and their activities! I’m going to try and consolidate all Berkeley organizations by type and emphasis. Beside the club, I will give a general description if it’s not inherently shown, and link them to their website, which will show you an idea of their club culture and what they’ve been up to. Italics are those that are Haas sponsored. Keep in mind that some of these groups may fit into more than one category. Most of these groups also have various committees that provide a chance to work with group promotions, finance, event planning, consulting, leadership and professional development, etc. Check these websites for their events, group culture, and connections if you’re interested! I tried to include as many organizations as I possibly could, I apologize if I forgot a couple. Remember that you don’t have to participate in any one of these clubs if you’d like to apply to Haas; remember your passion!