Day in the Life of a Haas Student
Katelyn Pan, a writer on the Haas Blog team, delves into a day in her life as a Haas student – read on to see how she spends an average Tuesday, balancing a biotech internship with classes and a personal schedule, and her favorite part of a typical day!
If you could break down a typical day, what would that look like?
This Tuesday in particular starts officially at 9 AM since I’ll be going into office. As an intern, I normally try to schedule work for 4-5 hours a day in one sitting. Although I am remote and my hours are flexible, I’ll be going into the South San Francisco office today since my laptop is having filer access issues and it’s easier to troubleshoot onsite – additionally, I’ll also be having lunch with the Finance team.
At certain hours of the day, what are you doing?
8:30 AM – I usually wake up around this time to get dressed. I sneak around my dorm room trying not to wake my roommate and grab the essentials that I’ve packed the night before – work laptop, badge, agenda, and assorted (necessary!) self defense paraphernalia.
9:00 AM – I schedule a Lyft in advance for 9:50 AM, which saves me time and money. In the interim, I find an empty study room in my residence hall and try to read and annotate more of a research paper that I printed last night about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This is a desperate bid to review the study one final time before I interview the principal investigator, or PI, later today.
10:00 AM – Secure in the Lyft, I make the 45 minute commute from Berkeley to biotech cornucopia, and the landscape dramatically alters from the school’s neoclassical buildings, to dozens of serene-looking corporate offices.