Beyond the MBA Classroom: Consumption Functions at Berkeley Haas

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

Held in the courtyard of the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business, Consumption Functions take place five times a semester and are sponsored by various student organizations in conjunction with the MBA Association. Clubs that wish to host a Consumption Function provide music, food and alcohol/beverages (the total cost of which is typically matched by the MBA Association), as well as a crew for set up, clean up and crowd control. Running from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday evenings, Consumption Functions typically have a theme, such as a chili cook-off or a celebration of the Chinese New Year, and are free and open to all Haas students, faculty members and their families (even dogs!). The International Consumption Function celebrates the diversity of Haas’s student body, as students set up tables of traditional food from their home countries and regions—including Boston and Texas!

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at UC-Berkeley Haas and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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