Admissions

Congratulations to those of you who have just turned in your Round 2 applications this week! Although the rigorous part is over, the hard part – the waiting game – has just begun.

And for those of you who are waiting to hear back from Round 1 applications, the time has almost come and soon, you’ll have an answer.

One thing that is great about Haas is that we have student volunteers who reach out to both prospective and admitted students. This occurs in multiple ways – from phone calling to answering questions at infosessions to being at the reception and orientation – current students are involved from start to finish.

Some simple tips after being admitted:
1. Read your email. There’s nothing worse than missing some important info because you let your inbox pile up.
2. Be ready. If you get a call from a current student, don’t tell them you’re not there. What?!! you ask? What do you mean? Last year, I had the privilege of calling newly admitted students who had already received their notice. When I called one of them to introduce myself, I was told he wasn’t there, but after letting him know I am a Haas student, he was embarassed to say that it was indeed him and he thought I was a telemarketer. Haas students are polite. Don’t let their demeanor lead you to thinking s/he is a telemarketer.
3. Enjoy the time before attending school. There will be plenty of time for school once you arrive, so be sure to enjoy the time off between now and orientation.

Good luck to all!

Application Nation

Just wanted to echo Anlei on saying good luck to the new applicants.

I could talk about Haas’ “confidence without arrogance” motto, or HHH (Haas Helping Hands– not the wrestling character). But no more Berkeley hippy talk.

The best things about Haas will be the best things about you. We collectively build a better world together. Don’t be complacent; don’t give up hope. Do use your skills; do be considerate; do reach high.

OK, so I’m still making hippy talk, but you get the picture. 🙂

Looking forward to seeing what you’re all about, and best of luck in your applications.

P.S. Go Bears for the Big Game this Saturday.

Choices

As you prepare to hit that ‘Submit’ button tomorrow (Monday, November 17) to turn in your Round 1 applications (or maybe you just breathed that sigh of relief after doing so), I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the choices you made and will make entering the Haas program.

Before you even started that application, your first choice may have been deciding to go back to school, perhaps to aid you in making that career switch, or to improve your chances for a promotion at work. Whatever your reason, part of the process involved looking at schools and choosing which of those you wanted to actually apply to and whether or not their requirements really involved taking that dreaded GMAT. Somewhere along the line, you contemplated what you wanted to write about in your application essays. I found that process to be very reflective – even if you aren’t thinking about going back to school, it’s still a good idea to think about how you’ve changed over the last five to ten years and what your goals are over the next decade.

Once you’ve been accepted by Haas, the choices that are available seem limitless. Which cohort do I want to join? Evening or weekend? Do I want to take the bus or can I find someone to carpool with to school? Which clubs should I join? In the second and third years, what electives should I take? How many bid points do I use? Should I go to the football game or read my case study (and yes, you can do both and sometimes you can do both at the same time depending on how the game is going :p).

As with any worthwhile endeavor, surely, sacrifices will need to be made. You’ll need to know your priorities well before you begin school. Do you need to spend some much needed time with your family? Or do you need to be at school at the discussion session? Some of these choices will be challenging such as – Which of these companies really is the right place for me? And others will be clear – yes, I want to go to sleep, but I need to finish this last case study writeup.

If you’ve made the choice to apply to Haas, I wish you the best of luck and hope to see you here on campus soon. Cheers!

Job Hunting is a lot like Dating

Job hunting, internship hunting, and applying to b-school sure seem to have quite a few parallels with dating. Some of the commonalities include the following:

1. Self-assessment: Before you get started, you really need to decide what you want and what your goals are. What are you looking to do? What do you have to offer? How are you going to contribute? Are you looking for more things in common? or a more diverse experience? A bit of confidence can go a long way, and knowing what you want helps in the steps that follow.

2. Research: Once you know what’s going on within, then it’s time to look outside. What’s out there? What does everyone else have to offer you? Will there be travel involved? What are your prospects seeking? How’s the market? Knowing the field helps you understand what’s available.

3. Planning: There are many fish in the sea. Whom/what are you targeting? Do you need to create a timeline? What about a fall back plan? Or maybe you work best under pressure.

4. Execution: Maybe the plan is to dive right in. Take the plunge. Maybe the plan is to do informational interviewing, talk to friends, network. Or it could mean getting involved in areas that are new to you. And once you’ve begun the process, there’s the whole experience of wanting to make the best first impression because well, you just never know. One meeting can lead to connections that you didn’t expect.

5. Closure: Failure is inevitable. You’re not going to get every job you apply for, you’re not going to get a second date out of every first date (and maybe that’s a good thing), and well, applying to b-school doesn’t guarantee admission. Whether you succeed or fail, it’s more important that you learned from the experience.

Congrats to those who are hearing back this week. No matter what reply you get, the anticipation is over. And if you’re waitlisted, well, it’s not over yet, and that’s the good news. Best of luck to you Round 1 folks, and Round 2 people, it’s only just begun….

Be Your Authentic Self

Whether you’re reading this blog as a potential Haas applicant or as a current student, if you haven’t heard it before, you better get it in your head that it’s good to Be Your Authentic Self.

When it comes to writing essays for your Haas application, doing your Haas interview, or interviewing for your MBA internship or full time job, if you’re not your authentic self, everyone else can tell. There’s nothing worse than talking to someone who is making things up as they go along or trying to sound like they love something that they don’t. It may be slightly amusing, but is more than likely very annoying. One of the speakers at a recent career preparation session I attended talked about being a coach for a man who wanted to be in Human Resources. He kept being told that he wasn’t passionate enough for the job. He didn’t understand what that meant. However, did you notice that when people who are passionate about snowboarding for example, talk about their experience, that there’s no doubt that they’re not making it up and that they are super in love with snowboarding, the adrenaline, the feeling they get as the wind touches their face, and so on? That same excitement comes through when you’re your authentic self.

So give the admissions group something interesting to read and write about your authentic self, your passions, your interests and more. It will be good practice for the future interviews you’ll have after coming to Haas as you follow your new passions.