What are you passionate about and why?
Personally, I am very passionate about ice hockey–whether it’s playing or watching–as I’ve been doing that my whole life. Fortunately, Cal has a club ice hockey team and I’m still considering whether or not I want to pursue that. Career wise, being in the Global Management Program, I’m definitely passionate about international business, especially educational technology. And in high school, I actually made an educational technology app and I want to end up pursuing that field to help people.
What do you mean by your interest in education?
Yea, so I’m interested in education, and specifically, in educational technology. Because, for me, I was always having trouble memorizing things, at least in middle school; like in Spanish memorizing what words meant what and in math memorizing formulas. So I ended up using mnemonics and doing scientific research projects on how study terms put to a song–or put to the tune of a song–is actually easier to memorize than Quizlet or just playing flashcards. So that was really the catalyst to my interest in educational technology as I wanted to find ways–whether it’s through mnemonics or not–to help people with memorization or studying in general.
Who is one person you have a lot of respect for at Haas?
At Haas, the GMP director Dan Himelstein and our GMP counselor Renee Camarena are definitely the two people I’ve had the pleasure of becoming close to with in Haas. And as for the students, I mean Michael, you are a Haas blogger and really pursuing any opportunity you can. It’s really admirable, whether it’s us doing a LinkedIn post together or going on GMP company visits, I can always tell that you’re after the connections in the best and most respectful way possible. Instead of just merely trying to benefit yourself, you always look to have a mutually beneficial relationship.
Is there anything else you want to tell us about yourself?
Some other things about me are I’m definitely gonna try and join some entrepreneurship incubators when i get back to Berkeley, whether they revolve around educational technology or not, that would be my preferential thing to focus on. But anything under the startup umbrella is something I’m interested in, as well as meeting some entrepreneurial professors and trying to coordinate with them, whether it’s through research or just through interpersonal relationships.
By Michael Xia
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