Accounting @ Berkeley

Center for Financial Reporting & Management

Student Ambassadors

  • Sharon Chen

    Sharon Chen

    UC Berkeley, Class of 2019
    Major: Business Administration
    Email: schen97@berkeley.edu

    I am a sophomore intending Economics and/or Business Administration major. I was born in Rockville, Maryland, and currently reside in Dublin, CA. Before that, I studied in Shanghai, China for eight years and went to a private high school in Pebble Beach, CA. I am always eager to try out new things for professional development, so I applied to BCPA in my freshman year. Now as a sophomore, I do not regret my decision to continue my path in accounting. I can honestly say that the BCPA program has been challenging, yet very rewarding. Stepping out of my comfort zone, I was fortunate to establish meaningful relationships with professors, professionals, and my classmates. BCPA’s unique curriculum and abundant resources has helped me develop transferable personal and professional skills. I am confident that these will carry me, and many others, through life long success after the program. If you have any questions, please contact me or my fellow ambassadors so we can have a chat!

     

  • Audrey Light

    UC Berkeley, Class of 2018
    Major: Environmental Economics and Policy
    Email: ajlight@berkeley.edu

    I am currently a junior studying Environmental Economics and Policy in the College of Natural Resources. My interest in the power and utilities industry, partnered with my curiosity of financial services and consulting, landed me in the BCPA Introductory Program last summer. The small class size, invested professors, and accessible program staff furthered my engagement in my academic interests. I was able to balance an internship with IMG College Marketing and keep up with the curriculum, due to the help of my professors and peers. Originally from Orange County in southern California, I found time to make weekend trips back home and still having a relaxing summer. I was given the attention, resources, and direction to reach my professional aspirations in public accounting. The firm visits and professional panelists provided insight about the different careers in public accounting and prepared me for the recruiting season and interviewing process. This summer, I will be taking part in the BCPA Advanced Program as well as interning with KPMG in the audit service line. BCPA has opened so many doors for myself and my peers, I recommend this program to anyone even remotely interested in accounting or financial services. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to myself and my fellow ambassadors.

     

  • Norvin Louie

    UC Berkeley, Class of 2018
    Major: Economics
    Email: norvin.louie@berkeley.edu

    BCPA has helped arm me with vital knowledge of accounting world and puts me on track to becoming a CPA within the four years I have at UC Berkeley. Before joining the program, it was hard to plan my class schedules so that I would be able to squeeze in all of the required accounting classes in addition to my own major requirements. Through BCPA, not only have I been able to fit in the CPA requirements and graduate on time, but have also been able to learn about accounting on a more personal level with the professors and other BCPA students. Coming into my first class in the Introductory BCPA session, I had no idea who would also be partaking in the same journey as I would be. But at the end of the Intro session, I made 21 new friends! During the 12 weeks of the Intro session, we helped each other further our understanding of accounting, and also got to know each other much better than just a classmate in our accounting program. In fact, some of my BCPA friends are in other classes I'm taking during the regular school year as well, so I have been fortunate enough to work with them again.

     

  • Patrick Wong

    UC Berkeley, Class of 2018
    Major: Business Administration
    Email: pwong@berkeley.edu

    Since my first semester at Berkeley, I knew that I was interested in business, but I was not very guided or focused on a particular field within this large subject. It was not until I experienced BCPA that I knew accounting was the right career choice for me after graduation. Beyond the technical skills learned through the summer courses, it was the passionate professors, peers with an interest and passion for accounting, and the amazing networking opportunities that really drew me into this profession. Not many people can say that they have had dinner with partners and recruiters from the nation's top firms at Memorial Stadium, but BCPA gave us that opportunity! I was able to balance a part-time job at Apple and excel academically in the program because of the helpful scheduling and support system from the administrators. For me, the firm visit really broke the social stereotypes surrounding accountants: they don't have "boring" jobs, in fact, being a public accountant means solving real world issues that affect many people and influential businesses. This summer I will be continuing in the BCPA program while interning with PWC, an opportunity that my first summer with BCPA prepared me for! If you have any questions about this program, Haas, or my personal experiences, please feel free to email me anytime.