Chris Gould is a junior transfer in the Fung Fellowship Conservation + Tech track studying economics. Here, he shares his experience in the Army, goal to become a CPA and vision to combat the environmental crisis.
I’m a junior studying Economics at UC Berkeley. I’m in pursuit of my Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license and will be taking courses through Haas this upcoming summer to help facilitate the CPA requirements. I graduated high school in 2015 and went to Cal Poly SLO to study aerospace engineering. Luckily for me, Cal Poly is unique in that you begin taking major-specific courses during your first year. Therefore, in my first year I realized I had no interest in designing rockets or planes and came to the conclusion that I had no idea what I liked or what I wanted to do with my life. Since I’m not one for wasting time, I dropped out of school and joined the Army in 2016 to do something productive while I figured myself out. Three and half years later and with a new perspective on the world, I “retired” from the military and spent two semesters at a community college finishing up my requirements to transfer to a four-year university. Next thing I knew I was moving to the Bay Area to begin my classes at UC Berkeley!
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