- Elaine Mao, 2010 | KPMG IARCS Advisory Associate
It isn’t easy to put into words the impacts Beta Alpha Psi can have. The experience is vastly different for each brother, but few organizations boast so many unique and powerful stories and I urge you to discover each one. This fraternity does not simply give you the skills needed. Instead, it caters to you–nurturing your creative and professional interests while shaping character to ensure success in any future endeavor. The experience will be how you define it: The more you invest, the more you will gain.The brothers I met in Beta Alpha Psi are a few of the brightest and most driven people I know. I’ve seen first hand the ways this fraternity and its members help develop and polish each other’s talents to help one another actualize our goals in both professional and personal arenas. The commitment I found here is unparalleled to that of any other organization I encountered on campus, and it inspired me to be fully invested in my work with these brothers as well– even now after I have graduated.BAP did not just hone my business knowledge and leadership skills, it provided me the resources and network to translate them into real-world results. While the professional development has been critical for me, I am even more thankful for the ways my brothers challenged my limits to ensure my personal growth. It did help me land a number of internships and full-time offers, but the impact that Beta Alpha Psi had on me goes so much further beyond that.
- Kendra Wong, 2007 | Management Consulting Analyst | Consulting at Accenture
Becoming a part of Beta Alpha Psi is a great opportunity to learn about careers in any business-related field. Beta Alpha Psi hosts a number of events where members get to meet professionals and to develop skills needed for success in the business world. As a member of the Lambda Chapter, I encountered numerous opportunities and resources to help jump-start my career as a Consultant. But not only did I receive support for my future career, I developed lifelong friendships with my fellow brothers, friendships that continue to thrive today. Beta Alpha Psi was truly the highlight of my college career and I would recommend it to any student at Cal.
- Michael Heinrich, 2005 | Management Associate | Bridgewater Associates
I wanted to provide not just your standard testimonial of “everything is great because of one organization,”–no, it really depends on you. Everything is as good as the energy you put into it. Be realistic with yourself and if you are passionate about something, do it. It’s your responsibility to let happiness and creativity unfold in your life and the lives you touch. Don’t worry about what others think or what type of firms they say you should be in, there are many paths to success. I was passionate about exploring the business world and Beta Alpha Psi has certainly prepared me well.After joining BAΨ, I received internships at Microsoft and at the JP Morgan New York mergers & acquisitions office. I’ve also received a research engagement at the Harvard Business School and a post-graduate associate consultant position at Bain & Co. After two years at Bain & Co. I was offered a position at Bridgewater Associates, a $72 billion macro strategy hedge fund. While at Berkeley, I led a group of fabulous BAΨ’ers to win the 2005 Cisco-Deloitte case competition. I didn’t enjoy the pledging process that much, but I did have some great memories and it’s essentially a business boot camp: if you are rusty in interviewing, presenting, defending your position, slide and model creation, you’ll learn quickly. I was impressed with all the support the alumni gave and how quickly I was able to refine and polish my social, interview and networking skills. Skills I have seen lacking even from many Haas graduates. The social circle at BAΨ is quite tight-knit and I keep in close contact with my fellow brothers.The best advice I can give is “know thyself” (inscribed at the entrance to the Oracle of Delphi), let life unfold, and let go of your ego. Try out crazy things, explore, live a fulfilled life. I have tried transcendental meditation, yoga, tai chi, kung fu, writing poetry, driving my car on a racetrack, have studied abroad in Florence, have visited amazing places, etc. It’s easy to forget the deep totality of life when you are sitting in your cube working on a pitch deck at 3am in the morning on a Sunday, burning away that last ounce of quadruple shot Starbucks you just had. Ask yourself if that is what you want out of life. Maybe you want to join or create a start up, maybe you want to invest in start ups, maybe you want to try a completely different industry like clean tech, or maybe you want to join a non-profit, or maybe you want to go to Business school right away, or maybe you do want to have a high energy investment banking position…there are no set-in-stone answers and you can certainly find people with multi-varied paths at BAΨ and a lifelong network. Have fun and if you so choose, make BAΨ part of that expression…
- George Chen, 2002 | Vice President | Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank
Berkeley can be a chaotic and intimidating jungle. The same can be said of the business world, but with the help of Beta Alpha Psi I have had success in waging these battles. When I pledged Beta Alpha Psi, I was a teenager with a desire to be challenged, but not even sure if I wanted to stay at Berkeley and had applied to transfer to other universities. Despite being accepted to other prestigious undergraduate business programs, Beta Alpha Psi helped me decide to pursue my studies at Haas and get my foot in the door of Investment Banking. As an alumnus living outside of the Bay Area, I still stay involved in the Chapter’s progression and would strongly recommend Beta Alpha Psi as a valuable tool in your voyage into the daunting jungle.
- Bryan Cheung, 1999 | Manager | IT at Trek Equipment Corp.
Joining Beta Alpha Psi is guaranteed to be some of your most prominent memories of your college career. The experiences of rushing will not only develop you professionally and personally, but you will also create bonds of brotherhood within the family of Beta Alpha Psi that will last long after you graduate. As an alumnus, I have had the opportunity to observe many semesters of pledge classes; I have watched the progression of timid rushees develop the skills necessary to succeed and become the leadership of the fraternity as officers and cabinet members, and eventually graduate into the workforce and to the ranks of the alumni. Additionally, the Beta Alpha Psi experience continues as the alumni return to reciprocate the knowledge and experiences we have gained over the course of our involvement and continue to make the fraternity stronger. As every experience is unique and personal, and I encourage you to come out and see for yourself what Beta Alpha Psi can offer you.
- Rada Brooks | Lecturer | Walter A. Haas School of Business
Becoming a part of Beta Alpha Psi is a great opportunity to learn about careers in financial information and public accounting careers. Beta Alpha Psi hosts a number of events where members get to meet practicing professionals and to develop skills needed for success in the profession. I was a member of Beta Alpha Psi as an undergraduate and that is one of the reasons I decided to become a CPA. It gave me the chance to meet staff from the different accounting firms at Beta Alpha Psi events and I found that I really enjoyed the people who eventually became lifelong friends.