Engel Yue | Sacramento, CA | Class of 2022

GMP student jumping mid air with natural water landscape in the background.

What was the most interesting cultural experience you had abroad?
The best cultural experience abroad was being able to join the University of London Polo Club and Fencing Team. Being a member of both clubs let me try sports I normally wouldn’t have joined and I got to meet amazing people who would become my friends. Crazy enough, I found out that the captain of the men’s fencing team actually went to my elementary school in my hometown and we had the same first grade teacher! Now, he’s an international fencer for Argentina’s national team and looking to participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Talk about a small world!

What was the biggest challenge/concern of your study abroad experience? How did you respond?
The biggest challenge of my study abroad experience was getting out of my comfort zone. I think I spent the first two weeks not going out much. I regret that. I wish I utilized all the time I had in London because by the end of the trip, I still had so many places I wanted to see or revisit. London is such a great place to be, especially for your first time abroad. There is so much to do, so much to see, and so much to look forward to.

Describe a typical day for you abroad.
A typical day abroad would be finishing my classes by 1pm. Grabbing lunch with a friend. Exploring London and trying a new cafe OR attending a musical OR spending the afternoon immersed within a museum. Then, cooking dinner for my flat and finishing my homework. Ending the evening with either polo practice or fencing. If the latter, then the fencing team would go out for drinks and I would be home by 10pm.

What coursework did you take while abroad? How did courses abroad compare with Berkeley courses?
I LOVED all my classes abroad. They were so much more immersive than Berkeley courses because of the access to history that exists within the city of London. I would not change it for the world. The professors are all so caring and amazing at their fields of study, too.

What was the most memorable/meaningful aspect of your time abroad?
The best time abroad was traveling and going out with my friends. Finishing my semester in London, I made friendships that have lasted and will last for a very long time. I loved going to Paris and Barcelona with my friends and I truly was living my best life.

What impact did studying abroad have on you personally?
Studying abroad has helped me realize just how independent I can be. I truly believe that I am capable of living on my own and making my own decisions. It has given me the courage and inspiration to travel more, to take the initiative, and to get to know more people.

What advice would you give to students considering the Global Management Program?
Truly consider what you want out of your college experience and what kind of institution you want supporting you. If Berkeley Haas has the values that you share, make sure that these values aren’t just on their website, but lived out within their students. You don’t have to fit the mold – here at Haas or wherever else you choose. There is always going to be a path for you; you just have to be brave enough to take it. Consider the kinds of people you would like to learn with, to live with, and to work with. THAT is what matters most.

Share any experiences, overall reflections, or thoughts about your travel abroad experience or your GMP experience in general.
I am so grateful for my time abroad. It has made college so much more memorable and I have my friends to thank. Do NOT be afraid to ask for help or ask for recommendations. GO OUT and EXPLORE. Don’t regret it.

Audrey Zhang | Mount Laurel, New Jersey | Class of 2023

A GMP student on a residential street in London.

What was the most memorable/meaningful aspect of your time abroad?
The most meaningful aspect of my time abroad was being able to grow my relationships with my friends. It is not an exaggeration when I say that GMP is family to me. It is not just GMP but Global Edge as a whole, we all have grown super close and I am forever grateful to all the wonderful human beings that are my family now. We all have gone through a lot together and will support each other no matter what has happened. I can’t imagine wandering around totally lost in another country or going on new foodie adventures or spontaneously going to concerts with any other group of people. Back on campus, every time I see someone from Global Edge it’s like a mini-reunion every time.

What impact did studying abroad have on you personally?
Studying abroad allowed me to grow as a person. As I am an only child, I’m used to having my parents being involved in every aspect of my life. However, once abroad I was all of a sudden thrown into what living as an adult is really like. Me and my roommate had to balance commuting to class, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, but also having fun. It really allowed me to push my own limits as I had to adapt to unexpected situations all the time whether in London or in continental Europe.

What advice would you give to students considering the Global Management Program?
Take the opportunity to grow and develop close relationships with life long friends. I was very hesitant in accepting my offer to the Global Management Program but I am very grateful that I have and have never looked back. I have made my best friends, who now I consider family, and have been able to travel together with them for four amazing months. Everyone back at home, from my parents to my high school friends, were all so jealous of my first semester and lived through my Instagram and Snapchat stories.
I love GMP and the way the program is set up. Going abroad our first semester made us develop strong relationships early on that will last for our lifetime. As cheesy as it sounds, I would never trade anything in this world for my experiences in my first year of college.

Gabriella Senderov | Agoura Hills, California | Class of 2023

GMP student on a cobblestone street in Europe.

Describe a typical day for you abroad.
A typical day for me abroad began with me waking up to the sound of my roommate’s alarm of a duck quacking. I then made my way to the living room/kitchen lined with glass windows, overlooking the Canada Water lake. I would make myself a slice of avocado toast with an egg on top. After getting ready and throwing on a coat, I would make my way to the London tube where I would go from Canada Water to Waterloo station on the Jubilee Line and then from Waterloo to Tottenham Court Road on the Northern Line. I would have my English R4B class at the Accent Center and then head to Pret a Manger, the European equivalent to Starbucks, and grab a small cappuccino. I would then stroll around Russell Square park to pass some time. Then, after having an insightful session of philosophy with Professor Niels, I would have lunch with my flatmate, Katherine, to Ole & Steen, a local eatery with decadent pastries and sandwiches, where we would munch on maple pecan scones and discuss theories regarding our favorite Netflix show, Explained. Together, we would take the tube back to our Canada Water flat where I would go to the 11th building study lounge to crank out a few hours of studying. Upon finally retiring home, I would be greeted by my roommates and a beautiful dinner of carbonara and broccolini to conclude the evening.

What coursework did you take while abroad? How did courses abroad compare with Berkeley courses?
While abroad I took Ancient Philosophy, London Theatre Capital, English Writing R4B and Comparative Politics. Specifically English R4B and London Theatre were tailored to our abroad experience in London. in English R4B, my professor would take us to different locations in London that most people wouldn’t otherwise know about unless they were locals. For instance, my professor took us to Shoreditch, which is an art district of cobblestone, stunning street art, and thrift stores, and explained the historical context of the area. I fell in love with Shoreditch and found myself going back as many times as I could. In London Theatre Capital, we would discuss different performance types in class, but every two weeks, we would have the opportunity to see local shows some in smaller venues and others in large theaters like the National Theater. In terms of how the courses abroad compared to ones taken at Berkeley, I will say that they were less rigorous academically, but I think this allowed me and my peers to experience not only studying abroad in London, but also learning how to live on our own for the first time.

What advice would you give to students considering the Global Management Program?
Some advice I would give to students considering the Global Management Program is that spending my first semester abroad was one of the best decisions I could have ever made. Studying in London helped me become more spontaneous and fueled my curiosity for being open to new experiences. It is such a unique opportunity that very few students have the chance to take advantage of.

Charles Fu | Highlands Ranch, Colorado | Class of 2023

GMP Student in front of a Cathedral in Glasgow Scotland

What was the most memorable/meaningful aspect of your time abroad?
The most memorable aspect of my time abroad was a solo trip to Scotland for a weekend. I took an overnight bus up to Glasgow, spent the day touring all the large attractions, and then got up at 4:00 am the next morning for a short bus ride to Edinburgh. Exploring the two largest cities in Scotland by myself was extremely fun. Out of the 15 cities I traveled to in Europe, Edinburgh actually turned out to be my favorite!

Vedika Dayal | Edison, New Jersey | Class of 2023

2 GMP students standing in front of the ocean.

What coursework did you take while abroad? How did courses abroad compare with Berkeley courses?
The classes I took while abroad were really special because they forced us to directly engage with the amazing city around us. In one course titled London: Theatre Capital, we watched 7 theatre shows live as part of the course. It exposed us to the diversity of London’s theatre scene in a way I never could have understood if I was just reading about it in a textbook back in Berkeley.

Michael Xia | Woodbury, Minnesota | Class of 2023

GMP student standing on a hill overlooking the city of London

What was the most memorable/meaningful aspect of your time abroad?
The opportunity to connect–and reconnect–with people from all over Europe and maintain those relationships to this day. For example, I met a friend in Paris and London who I became quite close with, and thus when I needed a place to stay for the night, they were happy to host and show me around their area as local residents.

What advice would you give to students considering the Global Management Program?
Have an open mindset! At times, you will definitely feel overwhelmed due to the unique nature of the Program–and that’s OK. Be adaptable, make and maintain new relationships, and always remember that the your GMP cohort is like one big family, so don’t be afraid to rely on each other as well!

Share any experiences, overall reflections, or thoughts about your travel abroad experience or your GMP experience in general.
I absolutely love GMP. In hindsight, GMP was all-in-all the best decision I have made academically and personally. Coming from an international background, my experiences living abroad motivated me to pursue something international and business-like, although I had no idea what it was exactly. Now, I not only have a much clearer understanding of what I would like to do in the future, but also the vast opportunities that Haas offers through GMP.

Meiqi Liang | Denver, Colorado | Class of 2023

GMP student in front of the Eifel Tower in Paris.

What was the most memorable/meaningful aspect of your time abroad?
The largest take away from being abroad, other than the cultural aspect, would probably be the people that I was with during my transition from Berkeley to London. We were all mildly homesick, concerned about the new environment we were in, and excited to memorialize as much experience as we could during the three months we were there. Through this, I have made some of the strongest friendships because we were all doing some of the very same things for the first time. There were no expectations that were held and the uncertainty behind what would come out allowed me to connect with people better.

What impact did studying abroad have on you personally?
I was able to gain a form of independence that was different than the independence I thought I held when I was under the roof of my parents. Studying abroad meant I was sharing a flat with people I was still developing friendships with and buying groceries for myself, cooking my own meals, and making sure that I budget accordingly as well. It gave me the reassurance that when I can live by myself in an apartment after my first year of college. I was able to find a routine very shortly and part of me discovered that I was finally grown when I was ecstatic for my next grocery trip.

Share any experiences, overall reflections, or thoughts about your travel abroad experience or your GMP experience in general.
The experience that comes with the Global Management Program is not limited by my time during studying abroad. Although being in a foreign country is an integral part of the major and the mental discipline that comes with it is valuable, I believe that the cohort of GMP is what completes the experience. Berkeley has over 40,000 students, so it is hard to find people who share the same passion as me professionally and non-professionally. I bonded with a few of my GMP friends through KPOP and similar food interests. While at the same time, we were able to also offer each other great insights about the industries that we might pursue in the future. Taking these into consideration, going abroad with them is just a bonus.

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