Aashika Jhawar, M.E.T. ’21
Major: EECS + Business
Home Town: Bellevue, Washington
High School: Issaquah High School, Issaquah, WA
Aashika Jhawar is dedicated to helping women break through barriers and advance. Before coming to UC Berkeley, she tutored female high school students in computer science, expanded their access to business mentoring, and helped created an innovative wearable that summons emergency help to prevent assault.
“I am very passionate about women’s rights, female empowerment and the fight against sexual assault,” she says.
With the Berkeley M.E.T. dual degree program she found a community that matches her drive and commitment.
“Everyone at M.E.T. is so passionate about what they are pursuing. Students aren’t here to just get a degree and have it on their resume, they really care about what they are doing and are looking to make an impact. M.E.T. is also the only program I know of that not only provides a dual degree in business and engineering, but has such a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship. More startups come out of UC Berkeley than most other universities in the nation.”
Activities at CAL
M.E.T. Student Board, Vice President of Admissions & Marketing
Free Ventures, Student-Run Startup Accelerator, Program Associate
Female Leaders Initiative, Co-Founder
Berkeley Women in Business, Technology and Communications Committee
High School Accomplishments
- Washington Women in Business, Issaquah High School, vice president and co-founder
- WatchIt Band, wristband for emergency communication, startup co-founder
- DECA, international and state qualifier, president of high school chapter
- Code Club, board member and tutor
- National Merit Scholar semi-finalist
- Model United Nation
Advice for M.E.T. Applicants
“When you are applying to M.E.T. remember it’s not so much about being the best at academics, but more about how you want to take your knowledge, apply it to the world, and make an impact. Once you are here, be sure to take advantage of all the opportunities and resources presented. We have this incredible proximity to the tech hubs of Silicon Valley and San Francisco—these areas are booming with amazing people who are more than willing to help out if you reach out to them.”