People sometimes ask for my reasons behind choosing Berkeley-Haas among other schools.
Shortly, these are the reasons:
- Focus on technology and entrepreneurship.
- Location, location, location. Not only because it is sunny California, but because being close to Silicon Valley opens many career opportunities that are highly germane to my vision.
- It is a part of a larger top university.
- For instance, I do not think I would enjoy going to LBS or INSEAD as much. These are great business schools, but these business schools are not part of larger universities.
- There is something special about being on campus with ~30 thousand smartest students from all over the world who also major in fields other than business.
- For example, UC Berkeley is currently top 1-2 in Computer Science, top 1-5 in Physics and top 1-3 in Mechanical Engineering.
- Believe it or not, but the I find the defining principles personally appealing.
- Great brand and good rankings do not hurt either
- In particular, I liked the fact that Haas ranks well on the “Student evaluation” axis, it is #2 in “Students’ evaluation of career services” and quite high overall “Student rating of the program (out of 5)”, 4.56, according to The Economist 2013 rankings.
- I really want to add “people” to this list of Berkley-Haas strengths, but this would be probably unfair as I cannot compare to other schools as I could not know it for sure before starting the program.
The list could go on and on and on, but these are probably the main ones top-of-mind. Of course, there are drawbacks as well, but no one schools is perfect.
Let me know what you think!
In this post I want to share my experience of preparation to GMAT test and advice on some “DOs and DON’Ts”. It will only be interesting for those who want to pass it and already know what GMAT is, what it is for, and how it is generally structured. Others will probably derive no benefit from reading this article.
So, as we assumed that you have a basic understanding of how test works (if you do not, I would recommend that you read the Wiki article about it), let us skip all the introductory information about the test and dive right into the preparation, my experience, and advice.
I think, it would be fair to start with my own result to manage everybody’s expectations. Who knows, maybe some of you will leave after this part…
I took the test twice and scored exactly the same, 710. Q49 and V38 — first time and Q48 and V39 — second time. It is the 92th percentile. In other words, 92% of those who took the test did worse while 8% of them did better . Ironically, I received 6.0 out of maximum 6.0 for Analytical Writing Assessment, GMAT section I almost did not prepare for.
Ok, let’s assume there is still somebody who is interested in mind-boggling GMAT practice questions.
Today we switch from math to Critical Reasoning. Let’s have fun!
I can provide right answers in comments if needed.
David Hansson (Ruby on Rails creator, 37 Signals co-founder) @ Standord Entrepreneurship Corner – “Unlearn your MBA”: