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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2009, 07:27
kryzak: I will be attending Haas next year, and am considering attending the "Days at Haas" event. Considering the cost to attend (I'm an East Coaster) and the fact that I'm pretty schooled up on UC Berkeley and what Haas has to offer (my fiancee is grad student at Berkeley), do you believe that it is worth ponying up the bucks to attend? I'll also be relocating to SF pretty early in May, so I'll have pretty good access to Haas prior to matriculation.
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2009, 19:46
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kryzak: I will be attending Haas next year, and am considering attending the "Days at Haas" event. Considering the cost to attend (I'm an East Coaster) and the fact that I'm pretty schooled up on UC Berkeley and what Haas has to offer (my fiancee is grad student at Berkeley), do you believe that it is worth ponying up the bucks to attend? I'll also be relocating to SF pretty early in May, so I'll have pretty good access to Haas prior to matriculation.


Hi IPOmeplease,

Good question. Days at Haas is an event that allows you not only to learn about the school, but also start meeting and making friends with your future classmates and lifelong friends. Many of the people I am currently very close friends with I've met at DAH. While I do understand that you are committed to Haas and you have close connections with the school, the impact of DAH may be less for you than for others. If left to me, I would still take the chance to fly out and enjoy what the school (and the weather) has to offer. These are experiences that you will still be talking about well into your time at Haas.

Of course, there are some money saving measures if you book early, request staying at a student's house (or your fiance's house), among other things. :)

The registration should be up with the tentative agenda. Let me know if you have any questions regarding the agenda that may help you decide whether to attend DAH or not.

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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2009, 06:51
Kryzak,

Thanks a ton for the helpful info. I decided to register for the first weekend, and am looking forward to a good time at DAH.

I have one more quick question if you get the chance. Do you know of anyone that has taken one of the summer immersive language courses (10 credits, 10-weeks, $3,600 cost)? Of course the Summer Sessions program bills the classes as a top draw, but I'd be interested to know if any b-school students have taken one of these courses (I'm interested in Mandarin) the summer prior to the first semester, and if the learning experience was worth it?
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2009, 14:17
So, Days at Haas I is coming. Who's attending? :)
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2009, 06:55
Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it. Pretty disappointed because it looks like it is going to be really cool...
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2009, 11:32
I'll definitely be there!
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2009, 11:45
Just booked my tickets - I will definitely be there.
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2009, 09:23
Only 3 coming to DAH I out of 13 admits (R1 + R2)???

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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2009, 15:56
kryzak wrote:
So, Days at Haas I is coming. Who's attending? :)


I'm in for DAH 1!
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2009, 21:54
Alright, 4 of you (out of 11???)

DAH I:
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Anyone else coming? Anyone who wants to meet up with me, PM me your real name and email address ASAP.

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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2009, 05:21
I'll be there too!
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2009, 01:02
Who's coming to DAH 2??? Let me know so we can chat.

R1 and 2 people, who's matriculating? I know SolarMBA, bbdidge, and calig are coming for sure. Anyone else?
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 05 May 2009, 19:12
Kryzak,

Would you recommend waiving out of any of the core courses? Or do you think it's better to stay with your cohort through the core to get to know classmates better?

Personally, I have an engineering background so the only courses that I could waive are "Data & Decisions" and "Financial Accounting". It's been 6 years since I've taken a course so I'd have to study up in order to even pass the waiver exam. I don't think that's how I want to spend my summer though.

For everyone's reference, I've bolded the courses that offer waiver exams.

Fall-A
Leadership Speech (MBA200C) - 1 unit (Cannot waive)
Data and Decisions (MBA200S) - 2 units
Microeconomics (MBA201A) - 2 units

Organizational Behavior (MBA205) - 2 units (Cannot waive)

Fall-B
Financial Accounting (MBA202) - 2 units
Finance (MBA203) - 2 units
Marketing (MBA206) - 2 units


Spring-A
Macroeconomics (MBA201B) - 2 units
Operations Management (MBA204) - 2 units (Cannot waive)

Spring-B
Strategy (MBA299) - 2 units (Cannot waive)
Ethics (MBA207) - 1 unit (Cannot waive)
Leadership (MBA205L) - 1 unit (Cannot waive)
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 05 May 2009, 19:59
Good question SolarMBA,

I would say most people said to waive out of a class if you can. If it takes a lot of work over the summer to prepare, then I personally would say that it may not be worth waiving. You'll get 7 classes with your cohort, along with many big events and cohort competition, so waiving out of one (or two) classes will not be detrimental. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what electives are available to take this fall (most of them filled up when we were bidding), so you may not have that many choices to make up those 2 units. Of course, speaker series (1 unit each) could be used to fill up the slots.

Finally, the core curriculum MIGHT change this fall (faculty are voting on it), so the Fall AB/Spring AB schedule you listed may shift.

So yeah, in summary:
- Waive if you don't have to prepare too much (i.e. more than 1 week of moderate studying) for it
- Don't worry about "missing out" if you waive out of one class
- If you can waive out of stats, do it! :)
- Spend your summer relaxing! Don't study too much or worry about what you need to "prepare" for school. The answer is, you don't need to prepare anything. There'll be LOTS of studying once school starts, trust me. :P
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 06 May 2009, 10:20
Thanks Kryzak!

For those of us who won't be able to make it to math camp, do you know of any online refresher courses we should take?

Can't wait for this fall!
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 06 May 2009, 17:43
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Thanks Kryzak!

For those of us who won't be able to make it to math camp, do you know of any online refresher courses we should take?

Can't wait for this fall!


Yeah, you should be getting a list of online and offline resources this summer so you can review. I also have a set of CDs that go over basic accounting, finance, quant, and stats that I can lend out. :)
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 07 May 2009, 06:43
kryzak wrote:
Finally, the core curriculum MIGHT change this fall (faculty are voting on it), so the Fall AB/Spring AB schedule you listed may shift.
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Kryzak,

Do you know the proposed core curriculum that faculty is voting on? Is faculty voting on different core or voting to reduce number of core and increase electives?
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 07 May 2009, 09:00
it will be a change in when different core classes are taught. :)
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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 09 May 2009, 21:19
I'm starting to look for housing in Berkeley but am not very familiar with the area. I've heard most Haas students live in the North Berkeley area around the Gourmet Ghetto, or in the Elmwood & Rockridge neighborhoods.

For those of you who are more familiar with Berkeley, which areas or streets should one avoid? For example, in North Berkeley the rents seem to get cheaper the further west you go. There seems to be quite a few places available around MLK & Cedar/Vine/Rose. Is this area okay? It's only about 4 short blocks from the gourmet ghetto. Also, are there specific streets in Rockridge where people don't get places (south of X street)?

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Re: Admitted to Berkeley-Haas Class of 2011 Thread [#permalink] New post 10 May 2009, 15:44
Northside is good, and you can go as far west as Sacramento without big problems.

I would NOT live too far west of MLK in the area south of University though. Some people do live there, but it's not the safest area.
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