Haas School of Business

Racial Equity@Haas: 3rd Year Haas Undergraduate – Anonymous

This Racial Equity@Haas blog series written by three Haas students (Charlie James, Alankrita Dayal, and Naayl Kazmi) is providing the space for us to meet our core principles of being Students Always, Beyond Ourselves, and Challenging the Status Quo by opening the conversation on race, how it manifests in business, and its broader implications. We’re asking Four questions to members of the Haas community in order to illuminate how racial equity in business and Haas is conceived and to stir an open conversation.

Q1) What is Racial Equity to You?

“Racial equity to me means providing equal opportunities to individuals regardless of their race, as well as having people from all racial backgrounds get along in a respectful environment.”

Q2) How do you find Racial Equity Important to Business?

“When racial equity exists in a workforce, there’s diversity. In return, this leads to a respectful and open-minded workforce. The wide range of different experiences and perspectives allows a team to become critical thinkers, thus creating a friendly, respectful, and empathetic work environment for everyone.”

Q3) In Your Perception, How is Haas on Racial Equity?

“I think Haas is improving on racial equity as every year, more racial minorities are being represented in the new student pool. However, there is still a lack of empathy and respect for the experiences & backgrounds that racial minorities face. Most of Haas students are either Asian or White. I’ve definitely seen cases where these races assume that their peers come from a similar background as them, which can lead to intercultural conflicts.”

Q4) Please Add a Personal Anecdote on Racial Equity.

“Last week, I attended an event at Twitter’s HQ. It was about celebrating culture. That was my first time at Twitter, and I was amazed at seeing such a diverse workforce as we took an office tour. I was too used to visiting corporate firms and only seeing either Asian or White individuals. I think the diverse workforce spoke for itself, because I got a completely different feel from the employees I was speaking to. They were fun, open-minded, and friendly. Most times, I don’t tend to get such a vibe at networking events as they are extremely business-focused. I definitely witnessed and experienced racial equity at Twitter.”

The Audacity to Dream

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Last year, I spoke to one of my childhood friends who had already graduated university and asked him how working life was. He told me, “to be honest, it sometimes feels like there’s no longer a light at the end of my tunnel…But it’s cool though.”

To my fellow seniors at Haas, realizing and dreading day by day that the carefree bubble of school we foolishly complained about for 4 years is coming to an end, this one’s for you.

At the beginning of my senior year, coming off an amazing vacation in Hawaii, investment banking offer signed and tucked away, I was in a great place. Happiness was a permanent state of being.

And true to my status as a senior, I disassociated myself from the clubs and activities I was doing, took a light load of classes, and prepared myself for a semester of absolute freedom.

But after a week, and then another week, and then another week, and then another week, of waking up at noon, watching YouTube for hours, and lounging around while the world buzzed on around me, the strangest thing occurred to me – I was…kind of dissatisfied.

“What am I doing…?” I said as I looked at myself, unshaven, in sweats and a t-shirt, eating my 1pm bowl of cereal.

Even though I knew I had so much to look forward to, it started to feel like there no longer was a light at the end of my tunnel – and I hadn’t even graduated yet. The repetitive boredom of being a senior with no responsibilities became even more unbearable than the longest night working in an office.

Ultimately, I realized that it wasn’t being relaxed and free to do whatever I wanted that made me unhappy – it was the fact that for the past 4 years, I’ve woken up every single day knowing what my purpose was. And now that I was a senior, suddenly not having a purpose was miserable for me.

I was craving that same pervasive determination to set and accomplish crazy, ambitious goals – the audacity to dream.


Near the end of last year, I was chatting with my dad about how bored I’d been, and I told him I wanted to challenge myself with something crazy again. And my dad, who’s toiled away in the same job for decades, said: “You know…sometimes I wish I had the opportunities that you have. When you’re young, you can really do anything.”

And like a good son I responded, “It’s not too late dad. Do whatever you want, no one’s stopping you.”

And you know what? He did. Soon after, he founded a winery. He joined a gym. He even started doing yoga on Sunday mornings. Damn dad! I’ve never seen my dad happier and more ambitious than he is today.

And this semester, I started working again, just to learn and improve my understanding of finance. I trained for a half marathon. I’m taking a full load of classes. And although my schedule is packed to the brim and I’m busier than ever this semester, nearly all my time is now being spent meaningfully working towards new, crazy goals that give me a sense of purpose.

I’ve realized that we all may someday lose the light at the end of our tunnel after we graduate, whether early or later in our career. Unhappiness and dissatisfaction may find us if we lose sight of the bigger picture. Therefore, we need to hold onto our reckless, youthful propensity to hope for bigger, better things; the crazy ambitions that many of us have right now; the ones that people said you were ridiculous for even trying to accomplish.

As Steve Jobs once said to an audience of graduating seniors, “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”

 

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Social Sector Solutions from the Undergraduate Perspective [1/3]

Social Sector Solutions, S3, is an experiential learning class that allows diverse teams of students to help nonprofit clients craft tangible solutions. Each team usually has three MBA students, one student from another graduate program, and one undergraduate student.

Spandi Singh, Richard Lui, and I are three of the eight undergraduate students who joined this semester. You are about to read what will become a three-part series documenting the journey of undergraduates collaborating with MBA and graduate students to solve real-world problems for nonprofit clients. In this mini-series, I will cover our individual motivations for joining the program, our struggles throughout the project, and tips for future applicants who may want to take this unique course.

What motivated you to join S3?

Spandi: I always had an interest in policy and was initially drawn to the Center for Social Sector Responsibility at Haas. Unlike most undergraduates on the team, I’m double majoring in Development Studies and Media Studies with a particular interest in social impact and policy, so I thought this nonprofit consulting class would be different from my standard courses. I also wanted to be challenged, and I definitely felt the challenge when I joined my team. MBAs have more experience, and they are trained with the relevant skills that I didn’t have, given my major. I knew that they would be really smart, and I wanted to be in an environment where I could learn and grow.

Richard: I’m going to be an investment banker after graduation so I wanted to use this last semester to do a lot of things I won’t be able to do in the foreseeable future. I did consulting work on campus before, but the S3 experience is structured differently. It’s an actual class- half lecture and half teamwork session. More importantly, you get to work with MBA students who are more experienced. As a senior of undergrad, I am often expected to carry the group; however, with this team, I will be the youngest member of the group, so I am looking forward to playing a different role in the team. Moreover, clients are paying money for these projects which demonstrate their commitment.

Sammy: I was first drawn to S3 because of it’s experiential learning style of teaching. I’m definitely a hands-on person so I am naturally more engaged in this type of class. Moreover, I will be going into consulting for full-time upon graduation so this would be a perfect opportunity to “get my feet wet”. But most importantly, I think being in a class with MBAs was the real draw for me. You always walk into Haas seeing the MBAs, so this was the chance to actually meet and work with them. I thought that was pretty cool.

What is your project and role?

Spandi: REDF is a social enterprise that does venture philanthropy and provides grants to other social enterprises in the country to access employment. They want to create a certification program for social enterprises so that they can win preferred contract from the government in terms of procurement. Certification programs are already established in the UK and Australia, and REDF wants to explore what the program would look like in USA.

Last semester, I worked on Twitter’s Public Policy team, and I wanted to further explore how policy was integrated with other businesses. For this project, given my background in policy, I played the role of navigating through the government and legislation possibilities in establishing the certification program. With that said, although my expertise is in policy, it does not mean that it is exclusively all I do. If I wanted to learn financial modeling, my team would be flexible and say, “you can work with me on this and we can learn it together”. So while we have specific roles, we are able to explore new areas and learn more about those.

Richard: Sanville Institute is a master’s-level psychotherapist program that provide interactive learning to students that want to develop their skills to practice as clinicians, supervisors, teachers, researchers etc.

As I have an investment banking background, I’m more or less the finance guy so I’m in charge of the finance workstream. Nonetheless, I was happy to contribute to where I was needed. Most of the other team members on my group partners to work with in their workstream.

Sammy: The Berkeley Food Institute seeks to empower new leaders in the food system to cultivate diverse, just, resilient, and healthy society. They want to help expand access to affordable food and promote sustainable and equitable food production.

My role on the team is to become the expert in our client. My workstream is more frontloaded in the sense that I need to understand BFI’s capabilities and resources in order to evaluate the feasibility of our recommendation in relation to BFI’s constraints. I’ll be doing this by conducting mainly interviews with the core members of BFI, in addition to its affiliate staff and faculty and their executive committee.

What has been something you’ve learned thus far?

Spandi: Working through the workplan was very interesting for me because there were only two people that had prior consulting experience, so it’s was a great learning opportunity for the rest of us to see the process.

Sammy: My team consists of people who come from design and consulting, so we have really been working on integrating design into the consulting frameworks. My team is big on post-its and ideation workshops so it’s really cool to see the bridge between creativity and strategy.

What do you hope to achieve for your project by the end of the semester?

Spandi: In terms of the project, it’s a very complex issue so I would be very happy if we can get a good grasp of the problem and to make appropriate recommendations. From doing research in the past few days, I realized that there is so much information out there, so to narrow down the research would already be an achievement. Personally, I want to pick up more hard skills. I think I like consulting enough so it’s nice to build upon skills outside the policy realm; for example writing the business plan and learning financial modeling.  

Richard: I want to get a good set of financial projections and to give the client a deliverable they will be happy with and truly execute the recommendations. Financial sustainability is something they struggle with so I want to help them build a sustainable set of financials which is challenging for non-profits that  just don’t have huge revenue streams.

What has been a highlight so far?

Richard: Our team got to fly to Los Angeles to attend the Sanville Convocation. When we got there, we were able to interact with the students pursuing PhD in psychotherapy. We were able to conduct interviews, ask for feedback about their problem, and chat with alumni and faculty. This facetime with our client made us feel so much more invested in the project when we came back.

Sammy: After the kick-off with our client, my team lead initiated a social afterwards. It was very nice right off the bat to get the chance to meet my teammates and Mckinsey coach offline because I think that definitely got me more comfortable with my team. I think that it’s helpful to have done this because I came in kind of worried about where I would fit on the team and this social really made me let my guard down and just naturally find my place in a team of MBAs and graduate students.

What has been a struggle?

Richard: Time is a struggle right now. You have to come in knowing that you will need to dedicate a lot of time in this project. I sometimes feel like I struggle with the financials since I’m alone on that workstream, but asking for help from my team lead has definitely been helpful in this regard.

Sammy: I think this is a personal struggle but I dealt with some confidence issues in terms of questioning my competency in leading my own work stream; however, those feelings quickly subsided with my team’s continuous encouragement and confidence in me. MBA students really are just students, so if you’re applying, don’t be intimidated by working with people that come in with a world of experience. They’re also here to learn!

What’s your team dynamic thus far?

Spandi: It’s a very open and fun work environment thus far. We have snacks every week. Our team lead has done a great job in bringing people together and ensuring that everything is submitted on time. He maintains good dynamic in the team: open, funny, and willing to hear new ideas. He’s sets a good tone with the team, maintaining balance between the personal and the professional.

Richard: It’s very balanced. There is equal working opportunity for every single member of the team, so just because you’re an undergraduate student, it doesn’t mean that you do all the grunt work. There are no powerplex at all. Our team lead doesn’t treat us any differently from the MBA and graduate students. He’s good at making everyone comfortable in their role after asking us what we wanted to achieve.

Sammy: I love my team. Like I said before, while I was excited to meet a room of such knowledgeable students, I was also intimidated by their qualifications. The team lead is really carefully selected by Nora and Paul to make sure that everyone is having fun, feeling like their work is meaningful, and has help when needed. Your teammates truly see you as an equal and they will emphasize that your opinion is just as valuable as theirs. I’ve never been in a more supportive team.

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Racial Equity@Haas: Core Professor – Alan Ross (UGBA 107)

This Racial Equity@Haas blog series written by three Haas students (Charlie James, Alankrita Dayal, and Naayl Kazmi) is providing the space for us to meet our core principles of being Students Always, Beyond Ourselves, and Challenging the Status Quo by opening the conversation on race, how it manifests in business, and its broader implications. We’re asking Four questions to members of the Haas community in order to illuminate how racial equity in business and Haas is conceived and to stir an open conversation.

Q1) What is Racial Equity to You?

“What it’s not is quotas, where everything has to be equal or whatever percentage of the society you are is what percentage you’ll be in any organization. It’s not that I believe in quotas, but equity being fairness where everyone has an equal shot, which we don’t even come close to in America. I think that’s something we strive for and are far from and hopefully we’ll be moving in the right direction towards something resembling equity.”

Q2) How do you find Racial Equity Important to Business?

“If you are an organization that is not diverse, you’ll miss out on so many opportunities in reaching out to a diverse society. I think for them to understand who their customers really are, they themselves should have diversity, and that’s lacking obviously still in so many different businesses. To make the company diverse would really help the bottom line since it’ll help them understand their customers much better. It’s also important just to be open to different ideas. If everyone on a company’s board of directors looks the same, you’re going to miss opportunities. Again, it’s not that we should have quotas, say this percent this, this percent this, this percent that. That’s not the answer. On the other hand, by not valuing equity, fairness, and diversity, businesses really do lose out I think.”

Q3) In Your Perception, How is Haas on Racial Equity?

“I think the leadership at Haas is amazing, both Dean Lions and Erica Walker, Assistant Dean. I think they both really value diversity. Though it’s a work in progress, they’re making improvements at Haas. I’m seeing my classes becoming a little more diverse, though we have a long way to go. I appreciate their efforts in not turning a blind eye to everything, which was the case way back, before they got here. I think there is a difference now, but I still see tremendous division even within my classroom. I don’t believe it’s anything intentional; I don’t sense racism, but you still see people separating by race within a classroom, so I think we need to do more to bring people together and break down barriers that exist from the schoolyard when kids are little even. This is something people carry over. I don’t think there are any bad intentions that are associated with it, but I think we could do more for people to learn from each other this way. Just simply being in the same room solves some of the problem, but it doesn’t go far enough. The problem for me is that I have a sea of 250 people, so I lookout and can just get a quick perception. I don’t teach sections to see how the discussions go, so I’m always asking my GSIs,  ‘how are things? Are there open discussions?’ which is obviously what I’m looking for. I want everyone to be included, all voices, not let anyone dominate, and I think the GSIs do a good job at that. But it still isn’t the same as people breaking down those barriers.”

Q4) Please Add a Personal Anecdote on Racial Equity.

“Just the reaction to my slide show of tokenism in boards of directors. It resonates with students so much; one, there’s some humor, but two, they just see the reality of America in that slide show. The idea of tokenism is still alive and well. The idea of ‘oh we’ll put someone who’s not white in and that’ll silence the critics.’ I believe that’s still the case so often with corporations, that they are really not reaching out for the right reasons as much as for the appearance, and I think that’s a shame. What we’ve seen is minority members of board of directors who are seen as successful recruited by other board of directors because they say, ‘this one’s okay; let’s use him or her,’ and then all the companies want that person. It’s not for their leadership at all; it’s to check the box. That’s why my students, when I do the slideshow, remember it years later. People see that it’s a problem, but we’re still far from any real kind of equity when people are reaching out for the right reasons.”

Networking With Brian Kropf

Network! Network! Network! You hear it all the time, whether you’re recruiting for professional opportunities, applying to social organizations, or even just sitting in class reading the latest blog post, everyone is advocating the importance of networking. Well today we’re not going to go through a list of reasons to do it and how you’ll benefit, instead we have for you Brian Kropf, a current student at the Haas School of Business who networked his way into a management consulting internship.

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Brian Kropf. Third year undergraduate at Berkeley Haas. U.S. Army Veteran. Networking Superstar.

Let’s start with the most important question, who is Brian Kropf?

Brian – I spent six years as a paratrooper in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division while concurrently co-founding a nationally distributed print magazine and media company that covered the beverage industry. Both of those efforts spanned from 2006 to 2015. When those journeys came to an end, I transitioned my focus to leveraging the relationships I built while running my own business to find digital marketing consulting work as well as focusing on my education with the goal of getting into Haas. I continue to consult on digital marketing for beverage companies in the Bay Area and have recently been extended an offer for PwC’s San Francisco office in their Advisory practice. My goals for the future are uncertain and in the meantime I’m taking advantage of every opportunity that comes my way.

Sounds like an interesting guy, so before we get into specifics can you broadly define what networking means to you personally?

Brian – Networking should be approached as just looking to have a conversation, and that’s how I’d define it. I feel it should come from a place of sincerity and where the person you’re networking with sees you as your authentic self. While the goal of landing an internship or full-time job is great, just focus on that first conversation and leave them with the impression that you’re unique and that they should want to know more about you. A relationship built on one of these conversations is a marathon, not a sprint, so it’s important to let the relationship develop naturally instead of forcing it into what you want it to be to support your desired end result.

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PwC Headquarters Located In New York, New York.

Thanks for that perspective Brian, well let’s not keep the people waiting, specifically how did you network your way into a management consulting internship?

Brian – As I may have eluded to with my first answer, it all started with a simple conversation. I was at a career fair hosted by the Student Veterans of America National Conference in Anaheim over winter break. I wasn’t necessarily looking for an internship but I was interested in stopping by some booths and having conversations with employers to see what they had going on. PwC had both a recruiter and a partner at their booth, though I wasn’t aware of their specific roles at the time. I ended up talking with the partner and told him about myself and my background and he was genuinely interested in learning more. We ended up talking about my business experience, my military service, North Carolina, and a few random other things. That simple conversation was the catalyst for a summer internship offer from PwC.

Did you still have to formally apply and write a cover letter? Or was the process more organic?

Brian – It was incredibly organic. I don’t think it’s because I’m a veteran but because of the rapport I was able to develop with the representatives at PwC. A few hours after meeting them, I was sent a LinkedIn request, which I followed up with an email thanking them for their time. From there, the conversation continued and the partner turned into more of a mentor and a champion on my behalf. He spent quite a bit of energy with me making suggestions on how to improve my resume, connecting me with veteran resources within the firm, having me chat with the lead recruiter, and then putting in a partner referral. As I said earlier, I wasn’t necessarily looking for an internship at the time and because of this, I was in no way prepared to do a case interview for the simple fact that I had never done one and I wasn’t anticipating doing one any time soon. Once again, resources were provided to help prepare me after I candidly told them I wasn’t prepared. The case interview came and went and I’m happy to say I’m one-for-one on case interviews. A few days later I had the final round interview in NYC and a couple hours later I was extended an offer for PwC’s Advisory practice at their San Francisco office. I reached out to the partner who had been helping me to tell him about the offer and he told me that when we first spoke, he could tell that I was someone that he should pay attention to … and I’m glad that he did.

There was an official application I submitted a week or so after meeting them as it is a requirement for all applicants, but the entire process couldn’t have been more organic. The process was three weeks exactly from start to finish. I didn’t submit a cover letter.

It sounds fairly straightforward in that framework, but I think some students still have a hard time with networking given that the stakes can be life changing, what would you recommend for students who struggle but want to get better?

Brian – I’d recommend putting yourself out there and just talking to people. Go out of your way to make small talk in situations that have nothing to do with business, recruiting, or networking. I can be a bit awkward speaking in front of people or when being interviewed, but I enjoy making small talk with people and just being a friendly person. I’ll do this just about anywhere and I can usually find things in common to discuss and effortlessly carry on a conversation. Being able to carry on these conversations at a career fair instead of just trying to add your resume to their stack, getting their card, and responding like a robot will help you get noticed. Also, make sure you’re able to succinctly tell your story when they ask, “tell me about yourself?” This is your opportunity to make your first impression and make them want to learn more.

That’s powerful stuff, so today Berkeley sophomores will find out if they’ve been accepted to the Haas School of Business, what advice would you offer to the new class? 

Brian – First of all, congratulations to those who have been accepted! Know that it is very difficult to get through Haas on your own, so put yourself out there and make friends that you can study in groups with. Also, raise your hand immediately whenever the professor asks for a class rep. I’ve found it to be worthwhile in a number of ways.

Thanks a lot for your time today Brian! I’m sure your perspective and networking experience will help lot of students prepare for the next recruiting year! And congratulations again to the Haas class of 2019!

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Tips When Pursuing a Simultaneous Degree

Many Haas Undergraduates are driven, motivated students. So it comes to no surprise that some of these students want to pursue a simultaneous degree. A simultaneous degree is almost the same as a double major; however, the majors are in different colleges (i.e. Business Degree and a Media Studies Degree). As a student pursuing a simultaneous degree, here are some tips to consider to make it less challenging!

Make a 4 or 2 Year Plan

Once you get into Haas, you will be asked to fill out a simultaneous degree packet, due by a certain date. Within this packet will be a 4 year scheduler that you can fill out to figure out what classes you will take.

For me, I wanted to take Haas classes separately from my Peace and Conflict Studies courses. I also studied abroad in the summer, so I took into account those classes which would be used to fulfill my degree requirements. With this, I was able to complete my Business requirements by Fall 2016, and am on track to complete my PACS requirements by Spring 2017.

Take Advantage of Classes that Count for Both Majors

I understand that some simultaneous degree holders may not be able to fulfill their other major requirement with business courses, but I was fortunate enough to do so. For those in Media Studies and other Social Science majors like PACS, business courses are a great way to reduce the number of classes to take.

Classes like UGBA 162ac, UGBA 165, UGBA 178, UGBA 152 are great examples of fun classes that also fulfill both the Haas Major Requirement and other majors!

If not, Haas also requires 12 units of non business major requirements that could be used to count toward the Business degree.

Stay Flexible

Scheduling classes can be a hassle sometimes; your 2 year plan may need some adjustment, or one class you wanted to take isn’t offered that semester. For example, I tried to take UGBA  178 but it always conflicted with a core class I planned to take each semester. However, by staying flexible, I was able to get all the classes I needed to graduate on time.

There will be times when plans go awry, so it is important to always stay organized and flexible

Instigate Relationships with Major Advisors

Advisors are also always there to help you succeed, so it is always important to rely on them for help. Advisors are also great sources students can use to plan out absolutely everything with. My major advisors helped me figure out what courses were best for me, and which concentration to focus on with the classes I’ve already taken. If it weren’t for them, I would probably have to stay an extra semester.

Conclusion

Obtaining a simultaneous degree is challenging, but doable. These tips really helped me stay organized and on top of things so that I could study what I love. Hopefully these tips are useful for future students who want to pursue a simultaneous degree.

Saad Khan: Student Profile

Saad Khan is currently a senior at the Haas School of Business.  Born in Pakistan, and raised in the Bay Area, he transferred to UC Berkeley from Diablo Valley College.  In the summer after his junior year, he interned at Deloitte Consulting where he also got the opportunity to work in Spain.  After graduating this spring, he will be continuing full-time at Deloitte Consulting’s advisory practice.  Outside of classes, Saad is passionate about helping students achieve their academic and career goals.  He generously contributes his time to organizations such as the AMPD and Boost Mentorship.  Recently, he also founded the “Building the Future” decal class which he hopes will foster an entrepreneurial spirit on the Berkeley campus.  Anyone who has has met Saad, knows that he is the best.  He is a very humble and hardworking individual, who is willing to help anyone who asks.

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Thanks for your time, Saad.

My pleasure, Arhum.

Let’s begin with you telling us about yourself.

Sure, I was born in Pakistan and then moved to Canada for three years before coming to the Bay Area.  Even within the Bay, I’ve moved three times. I think constantly moving around at an early age gave me the ability to adapt to different situations and deal with all types of people from an early age. This has been one of the strengths that has allowed to overcome challenges and build great relationships with people growing up.  In addition, I am really passionate about fitness and my faith. I always make an effort to keep a healthy diet and and workout consistently and to stay committed to being a good Muslim.

How have you grown from your whole experience at Haas?

Haas has taught me how to be comfortable with situations that I haven’t been in before. One of the things that I’ve done over here that I didn’t do before is chasing new opportunities.  I have found that challenging myself with new things is one of the best pathways to real growth. In the past, I would try to avoid being uncomfortable or doing things I wasn’t used to, but now I have realized that encountering uncomfortable situations is crucial to learn new skills.  Also before Haas, I was always focused on gettingstudying.jpg the grades just to get here. People around me knew that I always wanted to study and wasn’t really interested in anything else.  I think that kind of focus was necessary for me at that stage, but now over the past few years I have definitely developed more of a balance where I focus not only on grades but also give importance to personal development and building meaningful relationships. I also try to really experience and enjoy other aspects of life such as traveling.

I know you have been involved with many organizations.  Can you talk about them and what inspired you to join them?

One of them is AMPD, which stands for Association for Muslim Professional Development.  Looking back at it, I credit my acceptance into this great school to the mentors that were there for me when I needed help with picking classes, writing essays, applying etc.. If it wasn’t for their guidance and inspiration, I would not be here today.  I took it as my responsibility to help students that are in the same situation that I was in at just a couple years ago. AMPD has let me contribute in that way, and I feel like I fit in really well.  Generally, I have found that Muslims are not best connected to the business world so I found that this will let me take what I’ve learned and give back to the same community that helped me get here.  I’ve had the pleasure of helping Muslims on campus get into their desired fields such as banking, consulting, healthcare, and liberal arts.

Recently I got involved with the House Fund.  The idea is to help students on campus who have cool ideas and to really give them the tools, resources, and funding to allow them to pursue their dreams.  This will hopefully help Berkeley get on the map in terms of the entrepreneurship scene. A lot of people look at Stanford for the innovative ideas and don’t realize that Berkeley has some of the brightest students, sharpest minds, and best ideas in the world!  I want to help harness and guide the talents and potential that is out here.  I started working recently on launching a class with my friend Zuhayr, Jimmy, David, and John. We have founded the first ever class called “Build the Future”.  Basically what we are trying to do is bring some of the most successful executives form the Silicon Valley to UC futureBerkeley every week so that they can provide students with insights from their experiences on how to build a successful startup.  The course is designed to inspire students to use their knowledge to build startups.  So every week we are planning to go over the building blocks of creating a startup.  This is to feed the entrepreneurial drive of students and to give them the resources to do so as well.  This is something that is completely new to Berkeley, so we are really excited about making this happen.

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What are your plans after graduation?  What can we expect you to be doing after Haas?

After graduating, I will be joining Deloitte as a consultant in their advisory practice.  I hope to learn as much as possible in the next few years and then eventually transition somewhere into the tech industry.  I am really interested in doing something either product related or on the management side.  Aside from that, I really want to travel a lot and explore places like Europe, South Africa, and Alaska.  I am a huge nature-lover, so that would be great.  Last summer I got to go to Spain, and it really opened up my eyes to different communities and cultures.  I also want to start a formal mentorship program to help community college students get into the top universities that they aspire for. I’ve been doing that on a one-on-one basis for a while now and I’m excited to create something that will allow to me help as many students as possible.

Hot Seat Questions

Favorite book?

“Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite song?

“Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day

Favorite food?

Biryani

Favorite childhood TV show?

SpongeBob Square pants