Rachelle Kresch bleeds blue and gold. Having completed her undergrad degree in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business with a double major in analytics, she discovered the MEng program from a fellow Berkeley peer on LinkedIn and immediately knew the program was a great fit for her!
What made you choose the Berkeley MEng program?
Well, I love my job. I could never see myself not working here, so I knew I wanted to keep my job by staying local. I knew I always wanted to go back to school so this program is perfect for me; it teaches you to have something to say but also know how to say it. It’s the sweet spot between the technical and business aspect, and I love that.
What’s your favorite part of the MEng program?
I really like the group dynamic of everything; all of our homework and projects are very group oriented. This is a big deal especially because all the part-timers have crazy schedules, so figuring out how to coordinate and meet for projects is a very real world problem. I really like that the program has a lot of real world applicability, I think it’s great.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Well, I’m a Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young, so a typical Monday for me is getting on a flight to go somewhere for work. We work in teams at the client’s site so I have to go to that site each week.
Oh wow, so how do you manage the balance of work, life, and school while having to move from place to place so frequently?
I mean the hardest part is probably just timing. I need to be in a different part of the country every week for work and then I need to be physically on campus for class. So I have to set expectations upfront and say ‘I’m going to school, this is important to me, so from this time to this time I have to be at school.’ On the weekend it’s more social, us part-timers just stick together and we are all very close. I just try to have a routine and set expectations. By understanding where I need to spend my time and setting a schedule, it makes it all a lot more manageable.
What’s something that is important to you right now?
UC Berkeley is very important to me, especially giving back to the Cal community. I don’t think I realized how much I missed being part of the loop until I left. I’ve been getting emails from different listservs I forgot I signed up for, so now I know about a lot of opportunities on campus. I plan to help with scholarship applications on campus in a couple weeks, and I like to go back to campus to do recruiting events. When I was a freshman and sophomore I had no idea what I was doing, so I like giving back to the students by helping them look for internships and offering the best advice that I can. I don’t have much free time in my schedule, but of the limited free time I do have, it’s spent giving back on campus.