Munich → Berkeley

Very warm welcome to my blog!

My name is Karin, a globetrotter, a foodie, and an adventurer at heart. I study business administration and computer science at the Technical University of Munich. One month ago, I packed my bags and my curiosity to escape the cold winter weather in Munich and embark on this life-changing journey to Berkeley. If you’ve been wondering why my blog is called bhgaper.com, that’s because I’m a student in the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program at UC Berkeley, a BHGAPer this Spring 2019!

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Since it was my first time traveling alone and my first trip to the US, I was excited and nervous at the same time. Soon after I arrived in the Bay Area, however, I found my family here! You ask how? The International House at UC Berkeley is the place to live when you’re looking for your home away from home.

The first few weeks at UC Berkeley have been transformative indeed. I met my amazing fellow BHGAPers, visited San Francisco for the first time with them, and celebrated Chinese New Year together.

The past few days, I was busy finalizing my class schedule. Cal offers a huge variety of interesting classes. It was a tough choice!

My BHGAP courses are:

  • Fundamentals of Design Thinking
  • Innovation Strategies for Emerging Technologies
  • High-Technology Marketing Management
  • Decision Making
  • FinTech

In addition, I’m taking one course from the main UC Berkeley course catalog, Navigating Life’s Financial Decisions. However, the class I was looking forward to the most was Introduction to Chocolate, a student-run course (DeCal) about chocolate 🙂 Unfortunately, my application was denied because too many students were interested in taking this course, but life moves on I guess…

You see the Berkeley Haas Global Access Program is not only giving you the opportunity to study at one of the best business schools in the US, but it also allows you to explore all that UC Berkeley and the Bay Area have to offer, from DeCals and student clubs to speaker series and company visits. Speaking of company visits, they differentiate BHGAP from all other international programs. Our first visit this semester was to Berkeley SkyDeck.

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That’s about it for now. More updates coming your way soon. Thank you so much for reading!

GO BEARS!

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