Study Experience at Haas School of Business

By Shreya Nemani

Shreya Nemani is completing a Master of Management at Melbourne Business School. As part of her degree, she took the opportunity to complete a semester of study at the University of California, Berkeley. While studying abroad, she shared this unforgettable experience.

Hello everyone!

Shreya Nemani, BHGAP Fall 2021

My name is Shreya Nemani and I’m an exchange student from the University of Melbourne, Australia. I consider myself very fortunate to pursue a semester at Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and the experience has transformed my perspective on Business and has introduced me to the world of innovation and entrepreneurship. Not only that, I would say Berkeley is one of the best cities I have ever been to - there’s no way one wouldn't fall in love with this place. Through this blog, I would like to take you all along my journey here at Haas and share a few of my best moments.

Orientation

On day 1 of our orientation, we explored the city of San Francisco, thanks to our lovely BHGAP team members, who organised a scavenger hunt that took us all over the city to discover the classic tourist attractions as well as the special local places. The day was packed with fun and excitement; we visited the Golden gate bridge, rode a cable car, went to Chinatown, enjoyed the top view of San Francisco and the list goes on. This hunt was a great introduction to other Berkeley global students.

Campus Scavenger Hunt
Classroom and Teaching

We all have a perception that lectures are boring, the same old content repeated differently. But trust me, you’ll experience something absolutely different here at Berkeley. Lectures are interactive and learning is fun, and everyone learns by doing and participating. We have case-study discussions, strategy simulations, venture challenges, real-life negotiation exercises, weekly guest speakers and much more interesting activities to complement classroom learning.

Venture Challenge Entrepreneurship

Pictured on the right is a glimpse of the Venture Challenge. Students were given the challenge to create a venture of their own and report back the success within 3 days. After the exercise in class, we were taught the concept of idea generation and common hurdles faced by entrepreneurs. We all had so much to contribute to the class: the struggle with our ideas, finding customers, and implementing them. This experience is just one of my many practical learnings.

I would also like to add that faculty at Berkeley are highly experienced and at the same time the friendliest professors you'll come across. The classroom and teaching here at Haas is par excellence and is incomparable with any other institution across the world.

Student Clubs - Calpirg

Berkeley has 1000+ student clubs that are open for all Berkeley students. I was really inspired by the work done by CALPIRG (California Public Interest Research Group) students and joined them as an intern. They are a student-run non-profit organization at UC Berkeley and work to protect the environment, tackle food insecurity and register voters. CALPIRG helped UC’s switch to 100% clean energy to lead the way in fighting climate change. I’m learning many interesting things about climate change and its impact on the environment. There are many other clubs out there that are working on many different interests, so it is a great opportunity to connect and expand our knowledge.

StEP Entrepreneurship Program

I was fortunate enough to be admitted to the StEP entrepreneurship program; a 10-week startup incubator program that connects students with complementary skills and help bring their ideas into the world. This program gave me the opportunity to meet many founders, learn their experiences and work alongside them. I have learned so much from the program; idea development, customer discovery, go-to-market strategy, branding, and growth hacking & sales. It is a great opportunity for anyone looking to start their own business. The program helps you develop all the skills you need.

The Berkeley student community is awesome. Students are from diverse backgrounds and bring along fun, creativity and a can-do attitude. Even a short time in Berkeley inspires you to think beyond limits and challenge yourself. For me, the experience has been phenomenal and I personally recommend all the business enthusiasts to definitely experience Haas at least once in their lifetime.

Lastly, I’m also a Berkeley Global student ambassador working closely with the Berkeley Global team. So, if you have any questions regarding the program, please feel free to reach out to me and I will be more than happy to assist you.

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