The Haas Undergraduate Blog Team (2014-2015)

The Haas Undergraduate Blog is a platform dedicated to providing an “insider perspective” into life as a student at Haas. It aims to serve as a valuable resource for Haas alumni, as well as current, non-major, incoming, and prospective Haas undergraduates, who are interested in learning about the culture and current happenings in the prestigious business program.

The Haas Blog is recruiting for new members to join our team. Bloggers do not have to be experienced, but should enjoy writing short blog posts about Haas-related topics that they feel enthusiastic about. Authors have freedom and flexibility to choose whatever subjects to write about as long as they commit to publishing at least two article per month.

Visit our recruitment page for more information.


Presently, we have a diverse group of bloggers ranging from various backgrounds: continuing, transfer, international, and out-of-state, we have it all. With that being said, I introduce you the team for the academic school year of 2014-2015!

Isabelle Lee, Class of 2016 

Isabelle Lee is a Junior transfer pursuing a degree in Business Administration at UC Berkeley.10305502_10152135141913091_1730421391029203943_n She was born and raised in Southern California and is extremely thrilled to spend the next two years at Cal. In Berkeley, Isabelle is actively involved in Haas Student Business Association, serving on the Presidential Committee as well as conducting research with the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program on “Open Innovation” for Dr. Sohyeong Kim. She intends to pursue a career in management consulting as it fits her personality of going beyond herself to help others and always questioning the status quo (see what I did there? Hilarious, I know!).

In her free time she enjoys creating memories with friends and family, traveling, fashion, trying out new places to eat, and playing sports such as volleyball, lacrosse, and golf. She joined the blog as Co-Manager to create a living record of her time at Haas as well as share Haas-related opportunities to her fellow peers and ultimately write about anything that’s on her mind.

 


Sonia Seghir, Class of 2016

Hello! My name is Sonia Seghir and I am a Business Administration major at the Haas School of Business. I am a junisoniaor transfer from Diablo Valley College. Wohoo! Go transfers! I intend to pursue marketing, but as a Student Always I hope to explore and find new interests as I venture through the program.

I was born in Paris and then spent much of my childhood living in Algeria. I moved to the United States when I was eight and have lived in the Bay Area since. I have also been to England, Germany, and Tunisia. If I could, I would be in a new country every week! I love meeting new people, trying out new foods, and experiencing new cultures. I currently speak 4 languages and it is my hope to pick up Spanish as well. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, going to the city, supporting my brothers’ soccer games, and Netflix. Lots of Netflix.

As a prospective student, I enjoyed following the Haas Undergraduate Student Blog and hearing the insider stories of such a close-knit community. Today, I am very excited to be a part of the Haas Undergraduate Blog to share my experience and journey these two years. I look forward to meeting many of you and creating #haassome memories! Go Class of 2016!


Melanie Cernak, Class of 2015

melanie I grew up in Seattle but decided to leave Washington and follow the sunshine down the coast to Berkeley. I just started my first year at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and am continually impressed by the incredible talent and dedication of my peers here.

 My educational pursuits have also included studying law at Harvard’s Secondary School Program and International Business and Journalism at the London School of Economics. I consider myself an aspiring social business entrepreneur whose goal is to change the world through innovative technology. I have been involved in a project that uses mobile technologies to incentivize prenatal care in rural Kenya and I currently write short stories for children in rural Nigeria that teach basic sanitation and safety.

 In my free time, I enjoy creative writing, learning to write with my left hand, and exploring the hills of San Francisco. I am honored to be a new writer for the Haas Undergraduate Blog and inform my colleagues about all the invaluable opportunities Haas offers!

 


Rafy Choi, Class of 2015photo

 My name is Rafaela Jung Hee Choi Lim, or Rafy for short. I was born and raised in Paraguay, a beautiful country located at the “heart of South America.” I am very passionate about poverty alleviation, education, and microfinance.

 I enjoy making new friends, traveling, playing the piano, watching creative ads, and going grocery shopping. At Cal, I’m one of the Cohort leaders for the Class of 2015 and am part of the Latino Business Student Association, and a Catholic fellowship group called Chun Jin Ahm.

 I am excited to join the Haas Undergrad Blog team, for I believe that raising awareness of and sharing perspectives on various activities happening at Haas and Cal will help to create a more close-knit Haas community.

 Plus, this will be a great opportunity for me to apply my hobby of journal writing!


Erika Nelson, Class of 2015

My name is Erika K Nelson. I am a junior transfer student from Diablo Valley College, class of 2015. I’m interested in a career in marketing, but am still exploring.10689729_977429472272573_4316110250819141635_n

I spend half my week working in the beautiful city of San Francisco where I someday hope to live. Between class and work I’m spread pretty thin, but when I do get some off time, I love trying new foods, exploring new places, and indulging in trashy reality TV. An interesting fact about me: I do not like Apple products, and take pride in the fact I don’t own a single one. I joined the Haas blog because I’ve always wanted to be blogger, but never had the time. Given the chance to try it, I hopped on board!

I grew up in Seattle but decided to leave Washington and follow the sunshine down the coast to Berkeley. I just started my first year at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and am continually impressed by the incredible talent and dedication of my peers here.

My educational pursuits have also included studying law at Harvard’s Secondary School Program and International Business and Journalism at the London School of Economics. I consider myself an aspiring social business entrepreneur whose goal is to change the world through innovative technology. I have been involved in a project that uses mobile technologies to incentivize prenatal care in rural Kenya and I currently write short stories for children in rural Nigeria that teach basic sanitation and safety.

In my free time, I enjoy creative writing, learning to write with my left hand, and exploring the hills of San Francisco. I am honored to be a new writer for the Haas Undergraduate Blog and inform my colleagues about all the invaluable opportunities Haas offers!


Monica Diliberto, Class of 2015

Monica Diliberto is a 4th year transfer student studying Business Administration from the San Francisco Bay Area. She has used her passion for retail management and fashion to not only allow her to have worked at Nordstrom in Palo Alto, but also to help her acquire a Store Management Internship at Macy’s for the summer of 2014. In conjunction with being the Haas Shattuck Cohort Leader for the Class of 2015, Monica is also involved with FAST (Fashion and Student Trends), where she is part of the Executive Board as an Internal Affair Director, and is the head facilitator for her Retailing DeCal on campus. Monica’s other interests include designing her own lines of clothing, mountain biking, and watching collegiate gymnastics.

 


Nelson Xu, Class of 2015photo

Nelson Xu is currently a senior at Haas studying Business Administration. He is a transfer student from City College of San Francisco interested in tech and finance. He grew up in China before moving to San Francisco and is a Bay Area resident of 15 years.

He joined the Haas Undergrad Blog because he was interested in the Career Profiles and would like to continue them. He is currently involved in the Consulting Club at Berkeley (CCB). His hobbies during his spare time include reading Cracked articles, table tennis and TV shows


Felicia Lee, Class of 2015

Hhaas blog headshotello! My name is Felicia Lee. I am a senior here in Haas studying Business and minoring in Education. I hail from the suburbs of Atlanta but have become a Bay Area transplant since moving to Berkeley. I have truly enjoyed the Haas experience thus far and look forward to what my future career will hold. Most of my journalism education comes from listening to Morning Edition on NPR during my morning rides to school and my fifth grade aspirations of becoming Connie Chung when I grew up.

I’m excited to be writing for the blog after spending a semester abroad in Hong Kong under the Faculty of Business and Economics at Hong Kong University. Back stateside, look forward to sharing my experiences and point of view through the blog.  In my spare time, I follow Oprah on Instagram and read my mother’s family’s Wechat messages by copy and pasting them into Google Translate.

 

 


Jessica Ou, Class of 2016

Jessica Ou is a 3rd year Businesmallheadshotss Administration and Social Welfare major. Outside of her studies, she is passionate about human rights, women and economic empowerment, and social entrepreneurship. She hopes to pursue a career in investment banking and eventually enter the public policy and non-profit sector.

At Haas, Jessica is involved in Delta Sigma Pi and Berkeley Women in Business. She has been a research apprentice for Professor Jennifer Chatman and is a volunteer mentor in the Young Entrepreneurs at Haas program. She currently teaches the only student-led personal finance class on campus, UGBA 198 Money Management Coaching. She is excited to blog about life at Haas and highlight the amazing things Haas students do.

Outside of Haas, Jessica serves as a UC System-wide Representative, representing over 250,000 UC students as the student representative on the UCUES Standing Committee. She is an Advisory Board member for UNICEF’s Chinese Children Initiative, an Executive Council member for the United Nations International Youth Council, a Youth Advisory Council member for Crisis Text Line–the world’s first 24/7 teen text hotline, and the California Youth Ambassador for Youth Service America.

In her free time, Jessica spends many hours a week counseling teens in crisis and is a contributor for USA TODAY and a blogger for the Huffington Post. She also has been web programming and graphic designing since she was six years old, and has recently designed the UI of three apps.


Alexandra Mezouari, Class of 2016

Alexandra Mezouari is from sunny San Alexandra Professional PictureDiego and is passionate about finance, technology, innovation, and corporate social responsibility. She is joining the bloggy team to inform her peers about the open innovation community at Haas. During her free time, she trains for half marathons, does yoga, dances, reads mind bending philosophy, and drinks chai tea lattes with almond milk. After she graduates, she aspires to travel, work in finance and thereafter start her own company. She is excited to inspire and be inspired by her peers.

Feel free to contact her anytime. She also is working on another blog with a Management Consultant from Accenture – stay tuned for the first post!

 

 


Kendal Madden, Class of 2016

KENDAL-MADDEN-LOWRES-0559-003My name is Kendal Madden, and I am excited to begin my adventure at Haas while being able to share my perspective with you through the Haas Undergraduate Students Blog.  I began at Cal as a freshman in the fall of 2012, after my recent acceptance to Haas I am now officially declared a Business Administration and Media Studies simultaneous degree major.

While at Cal I have become very passionate about my involvement with the organization Berkeley Women in Business.  I currently hold the position of Internal Vice President and work to provide the best resources available to women looking to develop themselves professionally and navigate their way through corporate America.  I am also extremely involved in residence hall life at Berkeley. If you have any questions about university owned housing feel free to ask.

Off campus I am pursuing my interest in the online media industry. This summer I worked for CBS Interactive as an Audience Development Intern. Just a few of the projects I got to work on were community moderation, running sweepstakes, writing the community newsletter, and doing competitive analysis to optimize the member profile.

My hobbies include painting, martial arts, and travel.  I absolutely love the outdoors- hiking, camping, and exploring the area around Berkeley!  With my wide breadth of interests, I am always open to new experiences.  Upon my acceptance I was eager to get involved and contribute to the Haas community.  By writing for the Haas Undergraduate Students Blog, I hope to capture and share this unique and precious time in our education.


Matthew Matlock, Class of 2016

IMG_4666 Matthew Matlock was born in California.  After graduating high school, he enlisted into the military where he spent the last 11 years as an Air Force Special Operations Combat Controller.  He has served on 3 deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  During his time deployed, Matt earned 3 bronze stars for heroism under fire.

After leaving Active Duty, Matt moved to Portland, OR where he joined the Air National guard and began going to school at Portland Community College.   Matt decided he wanted to further his academic career so he decided to apply to the best colleges on the west coast as a Junior Transfer.  While Haas was a long shot as an out of state transfer applicant, it was truly his dream choice.  The news of acceptance into one of the premier Undergraduate business programs in the United States was well received.

When not engaged in countless hours of studying, Matt loves playing sports and being outdoors. He loves his family, country, friends, dogs and the 49ers.  When given the opportunity, he enjoys devoting time to charitable organizations to include Habitat for Humanity and The Boys and Girls Club.

 

 

 


As you can see we have an amazing group who is dedicated to bring the best content on the blog. Anyone that wants to work with this awesome group of people please go ahead apply as we are currently recruiting for more bloggers. We look forward to receiving your applications!

 

Isabelle Lee
Class of 2016

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