Humans of Haas: Henry Chen
Written by Annie Wang.
The most important thing Berkeley Haas has taught me is be true to my own set of values. At the end of the day, I need to accept that the things I want to get out of life may not be what others expect me to do. I’ve also come to realize that relationships are so important. My friends and family are everything, and Berkeley Haas has kept me really grounded in what it means to help others and be active in the community. It’s important for me to surround myself with the right people because I’ve learned the most from them. So, when I graduate, I am really going to miss having this community and space at Berkeley Haas.
What are you passionate about and why?
I’m passionate about giving back to the community. Being at Berkeley and surrounded by people that care deeply about different things inspires me to pursue this passion of service. I was given the opportunity to lead a consulting club on campus that is focused on helping small businesses in the local community. This is one of the most important things I’ve done in college because my parents own a small business. Growing up, I watched them struggle to understand how to run their business effectively as new immigrants. For me to see the impact that I am leaving on the livelihoods of other small businesses is really meaningful. I think that academics is important, but what matters just as much to me is being able to leave a legacy and helping people who need it the most.