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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 31 Oct 2008, 18:42
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Sounds good. I really liked Prof. Robinson and Dean Campbell is fantastic (he needs to run for Governor after Arnold is done). Its tough because I really like the faculty and curriculum at Haas but sort of had set my mind on going to a different graduate school from my undergrad. Hmmm...


Maybe you can speak to a few friends of mine who did both Haas undergrad and now an MBA? :)
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2008, 09:09
@sng, @kryzak
Thank you for the answers, but my question wasn't just "should I apply in R1 or R2", but rather should I talk to Haas people on the admission event first and than apply, or should I apply first and than speak with them. Admission event is on 20th November.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2008, 10:28
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@sng, @kryzak
Thank you for the answers, but my question wasn't just "should I apply in R1 or R2", but rather should I talk to Haas people on the admission event first and than apply, or should I apply first and than speak with them. Admission event is on 20th November.


You don't need to talk to the admissions people to submit. You should have done some research with either current students or done some class visit things if you're in the US already? If you're international, then don't worry about visits, just make sure you've spoken with local alumni or students and learn about Haas (short answer 4).

You can also mention that you'll be going to the admissions event November 20th. Never hurts.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2008, 11:03
Ha ha ha, thank you Kry, but with "local alumni or students" you've almost made me cry... or laugh... I don't know. I'm coming from Eastern European nightmare and we don't have neither local alumni nor current students. You cannot even imagine what kind of event for local MBA tribe is comming of Haas people overhere. Of course, there are four of us who even know what does MBA stands for :) So I guess two or three of us will attend that event with GMATs over 700, TOEFLs over 100 and some medium quality resumes. The rest of people will come with some questions like "I want to study abroad to escape from here, what do I need for that? GMAT? What in a heck is that?!". Of course, that makes the situation a lot easier for me.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 01 Nov 2008, 11:09
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glettian wrote:
I'm pretty much set w/ my essays but am really struggling to come up with something for short essay #1 about what my biggest regret is. Anyone care to share what they wrote?


Hi glettian,

I am currently applying R1, and so far I am working on 2 ideas for this--one personal, one more professional. The personal one is not really getting to know my grandfather before he died when I was in college. He was my only living grandparent but he was very shy and I didn't really take the opportunity to know him better. The professional one is that before the last summer of college, I received two amazing internship opportunities. One was an international fellowship in an area I was passionate about (poverty alleviation with the World Bank) but did not pay much beyond basic living expenses, and the second was an investment banking internship which would obviously cover my expenses and part of the following year's tuition. My parents were going through some tough challenges financially, so I chose the banking internship to help ease their strain. I see the decision kind of as a regret because although it was driven partly out of necessity, I should have explored other options for funding (loans, etc.) instead of taking the "easy way out". Right now I am kind of leaning toward the second one because I think it fits in better with my overall "story". I hope this helps and good luck!


Thanks rosav! I'm leaning towards a hybrid personal/professional one. After my junior year of college, I was torn whether to take a full semester in finance courses to supplement my accounting major, or to travel abroad...I chose the former...given the globalized economy of today, I'll talk about how I regret not getting int'l exposure instead..
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2008, 08:21
Starting the Round 1 Submission List, Please UPDATE from the previous poster. :)

Haas/Berkeley Applicants Status - 11/2/2008
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[name] - "Submitted"

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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2008, 08:27
Haas/Berkeley Applicants Status - 11/2/2008
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2008, 08:26
Well I submitted last night so I'm done with all four of my Rd 1 apps...which is great since I'm not applying to other rounds. Although, I still haven't received my recs so I'm gettin' all nervous and plan to send Another Friendly Reminder E-mail (AFRE) after lunch.

Anybody know Berk's history with late recs? some of the other schools are lax about the issue but i'm not going to get my hopes up.

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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 04 Nov 2008, 18:12
submitted r1 :?
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 07:23
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 07:29
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 11:15
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2008, 08:15
does anyone know when the invites for Haas round 1 are going to start going out?
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2008, 13:00
I am in for Rd 1. Submitted on Nov 1st. I hate to wait, but well.. that's the nature of the beast.
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2008, 22:56
Ok peeps, here's the update.

Please UPDATE this when you post. This way we can figure out who got invites, who got in, etc...

Haas/Berkeley Applicants Status - 11/7/2008
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Application Advice [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2008, 00:34
Hi kryzak,

I’m applying for Haas in R2 and need some advice on where to focus my efforts on. I’m 25/M/Asian. I graduated from University of Texas Engineering with 3.95 GPA, but my GMAT is slight below average (700 - 93% on Verbal/74% on Quant). I have 2.5 years of WE, but it’s a bit erratic. I worked for a major automotive company of only 6 month, before moving to healthcare IT for 15 month. I’ve been a volunteer teacher in a developing country for 4 month now. Haas is my top choice, and I would like to focus on corporate social responsibility/non-profit but I also have heavy interest in renewable/alternative energy, both of which are strong at Haas.

I’m very worried about how the adcom will look at my seemingly erratic work experience. Do you have any advice on how to approach the situation?

Also, I know that the leadership essay was on last year’s application. I’m blanking on the essay because of not having significant team oriented role in to demonstrate leadership. Do you have any tips on how you approached the essay?

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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2008, 00:41
Haas/Berkeley Applicants Status - 11/7/2008
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bostonsparky - Submitted 10/30
peaceyall - Submitted 11/4
prospect - Submitted 11/04
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Re: Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2008, 07:17
Haas/Berkeley Applicants Status - 11/7/2008
R1

bostonsparky - Submitted 10/30
peaceyall - Submitted 11/4
prospect - Submitted 11/04
saberprivateer - submitted 11/4
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Re: Application Advice [#permalink] New post 09 Nov 2008, 11:43
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Hi kryzak,

I’m applying for Haas in R2 and need some advice on where to focus my efforts on. I’m 25/M/Asian. I graduated from University of Texas Engineering with 3.95 GPA, but my GMAT is slight below average (700 - 93% on Verbal/74% on Quant). I have 2.5 years of WE, but it’s a bit erratic. I worked for a major automotive company of only 6 month, before moving to healthcare IT for 15 month. I’ve been a volunteer teacher in a developing country for 4 month now. Haas is my top choice, and I would like to focus on corporate social responsibility/non-profit but I also have heavy interest in renewable/alternative energy, both of which are strong at Haas.

I’m very worried about how the adcom will look at my seemingly erratic work experience. Do you have any advice on how to approach the situation?

Also, I know that the leadership essay was on last year’s application. I’m blanking on the essay because of not having significant team oriented role in to demonstrate leadership. Do you have any tips on how you approached the essay?

Thanks in advance.


Hi there,

your work experience could be both a plus and a minus. If you can tell a story that clearly explains why you chose the steps in your career that you did, you will actually differentiate yourself as an applicant from the others who are applying. For example, you could say:

- I started working at an auto company because my degree was in XXX Engineering
- But after a few months, I realized that I was not passionate about that industry
- I then realized that I have in interest in helping people, and using my engineering background, I decided to help improve the Healthcare system through IT
- While working in healthcare is rewarding, I learned more and more about myself and felt the need to truly help people, so I left for my current teaching job
- The teaching job has been so rewarding that I want to dedicate my future career to non-profit, blah blah blah

As for leadership, it can be defined very broadly. It doesn't always have to be an official position leading a team. You could be an advisor to a group, leading a bunch of students. As a teacher, you are a "leader" in many ways. There must have been some project where you had to work with many people, even if you're not their leader. All those can be examples of leadership. Your goal is to define what leadership means to you, and then show examples of the ways that you've demonstrated that leadership.

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