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# Calling all Berkeley-Haas Fall 2009 Applicants

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03 Jul 2008, 11:56
Hi Kry,

How should the Short essay 1 be approached?
1. If you could change one thing you've done in your life, what would it be, and how would you do it differently? (250 word maximum)

Thanks and have a good weekend.
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03 Jul 2008, 13:08
The question is different from the one I had, but IMHO, I think you should pick something significant yet not to negative (unless you have a really strong "comeback" story). I would recommend against picking something mundane such as "getting better grades" or "finding a better date during college" etc...

The key is to state the problem/issue you wanted to change, talk about what actions you took to change it, and end with some kind of "learning" that made you a better leader/person/manager/etc...

For example, I may pick "taking a semester to go abroad during undergrad" as something I wish I had done. (rephrase it to something you would change). Since the essay is 250 words, you can at most spend 2-3 sentences on the intro and conclusion. Save the rest for the "how you would change things".

So State the problem: If I could have changed anything, I would have gone to Country X for a semester abroad, because Reasons A, B, and C

How would you do it? I would take advantage of Program J at my school, go to Country X, studied their culture through classes such as W, U, and V. And so forth...

Conclusion: If I studied abroad, I would have gained skills D, E and F early on, but even though I didn't, I learned those skills through my job/extracurricular/volunteer work in the past N years and that's why I realized I should have done the study abroad back in college. (end on a positive note that shows you still gained the benefits of whatever you would change, but just wish you did it earlier or something like that).

This is very rough, but hopefully it helped in kick starting this tricky essay.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: Talk about your reasons for doing things, explain your thought process, and show what you learned/gained from the process and how it makes you a better leader/person.
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03 Jul 2008, 14:35
Thank You Kry, that really helps a lot! I was really confused and your approach cleared a lot of things. With so many essays to write I am running out of topics to write about....
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05 Jul 2008, 14:59
Count me in for Haas R1

Kryzak

What do you think my chances are for Haas ?
Engineering UG GPA 3.7 for a big state school with a good engineering program, GMAT 700 (80/80 split okay), 2 years WE upon matriculation in investment banking/ corporate finance .. very solid experience with good achievements/promotions. Good Extra Curric. during undergrad.
It is very likely that I will be the only one applying from my country (Kuwait) this year. (i'm not even sure if any has gone to Haas from here for the last 10 years ! never heard of any).
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05 Jul 2008, 23:47
mishari, you have a decent chance at Haas. Again, with their super low acceptance rate (due to the small class size), these things are always a bit random. I think your chances are good because of:

- Applying for Kuwait, very rare
- Good GPA from good Engineering school (top 5 would be very helpful, i.e. MIT, Berkeley, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Cal Tech/Univ. Illinois)
- Sounds like you have good leadership and career progress (without more details, I can't really say more)

The down sides are:
- Very short WE. Haas generally likes a little more than 2 years, but there ARE people who get in with only 2 years WE, just not as many as other top schools
- 700 GMAT is good, though just slightly below Haas' average. I think your WE and GPA plus the good 80/80 split will make up for it

Again, it ALL depends on how you tell your story with your essays. If you do a great job at that, you have a great chance at getting in. Without good essays (and good recs), even a person with great stats will not get in. Keep that in mind.
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08 Jul 2008, 01:31
I felt very strange when I read this post. On one hand I felt comfortable cause it’s exactly what I thought when I saw the topic. On the other hand, I’m afraid this topic will be very common, and therefore, it may reduce my chances…

Anyway, many thanks for your support kryzak

Cheers

kryzak wrote:
The question is different from the one I had, but IMHO, I think you should pick something significant yet not to negative (unless you have a really strong "comeback" story). I would recommend against picking something mundane such as "getting better grades" or "finding a better date during college" etc...

The key is to state the problem/issue you wanted to change, talk about what actions you took to change it, and end with some kind of "learning" that made you a better leader/person/manager/etc...

For example, I may pick "taking a semester to go abroad during undergrad" as something I wish I had done. (rephrase it to something you would change). Since the essay is 250 words, you can at most spend 2-3 sentences on the intro and conclusion. Save the rest for the "how you would change things".

So State the problem: If I could have changed anything, I would have gone to Country X for a semester abroad, because Reasons A, B, and C

How would you do it? I would take advantage of Program J at my school, go to Country X, studied their culture through classes such as W, U, and V. And so forth...

Conclusion: If I studied abroad, I would have gained skills D, E and F early on, but even though I didn't, I learned those skills through my job/extracurricular/volunteer work in the past N years and that's why I realized I should have done the study abroad back in college. (end on a positive note that shows you still gained the benefits of whatever you would change, but just wish you did it earlier or something like that).

This is very rough, but hopefully it helped in kick starting this tricky essay.

ALWAYS REMEMBER: Talk about your reasons for doing things, explain your thought process, and show what you learned/gained from the process and how it makes you a better leader/person.

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08 Jul 2008, 10:09
Good luck JohnLewis! let me know if you need anything else.
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08 Jul 2008, 10:30
Berkeley Haas Diversity Workshops for 2008:

These are GREAT ways to get to know the school if you're one of the minorities. They include student panels, mock classes hosted by professors, infosessions, and lots of Q&A. Sign up for them if you are interested in Haas!

http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/workshop08.html
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08 Jul 2008, 10:32
This is from the website, but the US News top ranked specialties (top 10) are the following:

* Entrepreneurship
* Executive MBA
* Finance
* International
* Management
* Marketing
* Nonprofit
* Part-time MBA

Other top ranked Fields (not included above) include:

- Healthcare (with UCSF, a top 5 medical school)
- Social Responsibility (we're all tree-huggers )
- Technology (this one's a no-brainer)
- Real Estate (based on an alum I spoke with, Haas has a very strong RE program)

Here's a link that will lead you to the centers which talk about the industry/field in depth

http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/specialties.html
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09 Jul 2008, 12:25
Hi Kryzak,

I visited Stanford and Berkeley earlier this year and completely fell in love with the Berkeley community (I'm a native Oregonian if that explains anything ). Suffice it to say Haas and Tuck are amongst my top picks for application this Fall and I was hoping you could critique my summarized app:

STATS

- 25/M/Hispanic/Software Engineering
- 3.7 GPA UG at strong state tech school (I received a scholarship from Intel at age 16 to stay in state and this was my top pick)
- 680 GMAT (82% Q / 81% V)
- 5+ years work experience (engineering) @ Intel upon matriculation

- President of Intel's recent college graduate employee group to oversee the integration of over 1,000 RCGs at Intel worldwide. Grew the group from a few hundred in Oregon to running chapters at all major US sites, Europe, and Asia. Raised $30,000 to rebuild a school in Peru through Intel RCGs and various other notable accomplishments with the employee group, including a personal recommendation from our senior HR VP to further proliferate the integration efforts company-wide. - Volunteer Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 4+ years. Increased involvement by becoming a volunteer "Ambassador" to run fundraiser & recruitment events. Further increased leadership by becoming chairman of the Ambassador Board and managed a team to raise over$50,000 and recruit 50+ new volunteers for the organization over the course of a year.

- Club President and Area Governor for a local Toastmasters chapter. Led a club of ~20 members to receive distinguished honors (a first in in its 15 year history). Oversaw an area of 6 Toastmasters clubs and the speaking & leadership development of over 120 Toastmasters.

- Experience managing an indoor soccer team while I was out on injury

Well that's it in a nutshell. I would be very grateful if you could provide any tips on improvements and/or if you think my chances would be strong at Haas.

Also I would really like to contact some current students/alumni and further get connected with the community so I can better field the typical "Why Haas and what have you done to show interest" question. Any recommendations or pointers here would be great!

Thank you!
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09 Jul 2008, 14:37
hi INTL!

I'm glad to hear that you're considering Haas and Tuck. Though the two have very different cultures, quite a few people have applied to both and gotten into both. You can also check with branson for Tuck insights.

Your GMAT is the only obvious weakness, but I think your time is best spent on the essays and getting to know Haas better. If you have time and believe you can get above a 700, then by all means go for it. But if you think 680 is close to the best you can get, then you can just live with it.

Definitely attend the Minority Diversity workshop (see previous post in this thread) coming in the Fall. It may be after your applications are due, but it's still a great way to learn more about the school.

come for a day at Haas to do Infosessions, class visits, and lunch with students.

Other ways to contact people is to look at the student clubs list and email the presidents there. Here's the link:

http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/MBA/student/index.html

Let me know if you have a hard time finding people or if you're visiting again and want to meet up.
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10 Jul 2008, 09:07
Thank you so much for the feedback, kryzak! I definitely plan on retaking the GMAT as I didn't really study for it the first time around
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13 Jul 2008, 22:50
This may be useful, it's part of the "Best of Haas 2007" thing on their webpage. I haven't read through it yet, but it looked interesting just skimming through it.

http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/MBA/makingithappen08.pdf

This should give the Fall 2009 applicants a good insight on the big strides Haas has been making over the past year (and past few years), with more to come (we have a new dean now).

Things inside include:
- Haas@Work program with Sun and Cisco (hands on "consulting" during the school year)
- Peers@Haas - 360 degree leadership evaluation
- Innovation projects
- Non-Profit Entrepreneurship partnering with McKinsey
- 3-peat on "Elite Eight Brand Management Case Challenge", triumphs over Wharton and Kellogg, and other Brand competitions
- Digital Media Conference
- International Business Development Program in Ghana
- Investment Banking Fellowships (first award ever)
- and more...
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14 Jul 2008, 07:05
Great info kry, Thanks! Lot more reasons to love Haas..
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25 Jul 2008, 15:05
This just in (well, last week, but I was on a trip, thus the late post here)

From SF Gate:
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Richard Lyons, an economist and member of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business faculty since 1993, who in recent years has been employed by Goldman Sachs, has been named the 14th dean of the school.

The announcement was made Friday by UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and followed approval of the appointment by UC regents on Thursday. Lyons, 47, was selected after a national search to succeed economist Tom Campbell, a former five-term Republican congressman from Silicon Valley, who had led the Haas School since 2002.

From Reuters UK:
Quote:
He told Reuters he was planning to teach a course this school year, to be determined, but likely in the areas of leadership or international finance.

Lyons' chief responsibilities will be to increase faculty size, build the the school's endowments and plan a new building.

From Financial Times:
Quote:
Though Berkeley is a state-funded school, Prof Lyon is confident he can pay world-class salaries. Which is good news as he is planning to increase the academic headcount by 20 per cent in the next three years.

I've heard a LOT of good things about this guy from the current students, so hopefully he'll continue to make Haas better and better each year! I'm VERY excited about the new building plans and the larger endowment. Maybe an increase in class size is in the works?

http://uk.reuters.com/article/marketsNe ... 5520080718
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c5ec5994-56bb ... 07658.html
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29 Jul 2008, 12:57
One of the Haas essays asks about what steps you have taken to learn about the program, etc.. Like others, possibly, I'm not quite sure exactly how to go about doing so (other than hounding kry here on the forums ).

Anyway, I decided to shoot out a couple of e-mails this morning to the chairs/officers of some of the Haas clubs I'm interested in. I was very surprised to get responses from 2 out of the 3 before noon!! I would strongly encourage (as would kry, I'm sure) to reach out to the Haas community in a similar fashion as their students seem to be very kind and willing to help out

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http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/community_01_01.html
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29 Jul 2008, 13:19
Everything TL said.

But yeah, Haas students are super helpful, which is what impressed me the most about Haas when I was applying. Email the club officers, talk to them on the phone or in person if possible. Ask questions. Share with them your 5-minute elevator speech on your goals and why you like Haas, and they'll give you some good advice. Then talk about your efforts doing class visits, infosessions, lunch with students, conversations with club officers, website research, etc... in your short answer 4.

For the difference between Short Answer 4 and Long Essay 2, check out the Haas Ambassador thread, I have a pretty detailed hint there on how to approach each essay.
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10 Aug 2008, 17:52
Does anyone know when the application is coming out?
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10 Aug 2008, 20:34
The application should be out around this week or next. The essay questions have been out for a month now, so you can work on that first.
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