Written by Annie Wang.

What is your Berkeley Haas story?

An Indian girl from Southwest Virginia isn’t exactly very common in the Bay Area. Coming from a small town has its perks: you know everyone, you can get around places pretty quickly, and you always feel at home. I knew that throughout my time at college, I wanted to study something to one day give back to the community that has made me feel so special.

At this moment, there is a lot of technology in the world that can benefit communities like mine, but it remains inaccessible. Throughout my time at Berkeley, I want to learn more about these technologies to one day bring them back to communities like my own. I am passionate about giving those similar to myself the resources they need to be able to pursue their own dreams. I’m studying EECS to learn how to develop new technologies, but more importantly, I am studying Business to be able to explain something as complex as machine learning to everyday people. It is important to be able to explain complex ideas to everyday people so that they too can become as excited and as passionate as you are. I chose Berkeley because I wanted to be around people that had the same mindset as me and I wanted to be able to grow and learn.

What has been a memorable Berkeley Haas moment?

My most memorable moment is simple but sweet. I was touring Berkeley Haas and found myself sitting on the balcony on the 6th floor of Chou Hall. I was mesmerized by the view of the campus and all of the students running around in the courtyard. What sold me was how every single person in the courtyard had a smile on their face and were enjoying each other’s company. Everyone was so eager to talk to each other and proud of Berkeley Haas. It was such a welcoming feeling, because it seemed like a very tight-knit community that I knew I wanted to be a part of.

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