University of California - Berkeley
Essay A: (500 words maximum) Describe your immediate post-undergraduate goals. Why is a business degree from Berkeley-Haas essential in helping you achieve these goals? Tip: We understand Berkeley-Haas has a world-renowned reputation, strong alumni network and majors have easier access to business courses. Aside from these factors, why do you feel earning an undergraduate degree from Berkeley-Haas is a necessary step in pursuit of your immediate post-undergraduate goals?
“Lemonade! Twenty-five cents a cup!” Some say that our earliest memories are indicative of our later years. Sometimes I wonder if I was born to sell.
My earliest memory dates back fourteen years, when I opened a lemonade stand outside a neighborhood garage sale. With my fat piggy bank and enthusiastic little voice, I quickly emptied my large dispenser, proudly earning $20 that day. Little did I know that my lemonade startup was just the first of many other business ventures to come. In elementary school, I founded “Secret Club” with six other girls. Together, we handmade cards, friendship bracelets, and keychains, which I then sold at a little table after church. Once enough money was raised, we invested all profits towards buying a goat for an African family through World Vision. Even at a young age, seeing how business profits can benefit others left a deep impression on me, and I still commit at least 10% of any personal or corporate earnings to organizations like Food for the Hungry.
From managing a pomegranate fruit stand in elementary school, to establishing Back-to-Eden Ranch in middle/high school (we sold organic produce, eggs, and meat, and averaged 100 chickens and African guinea fowl at any given time), to selling...
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