Greetings from Admissions

June 4, 2007

It’s been a whirlwind here at the Yale School of Management. On April 20 and 21, the School hosted our admitted student Welcome Weekend, when roughly 100 future SOM students descended on campus for two days of fun and learning. One of the highlights of the weekend was Dean Podolny’s address to the admitted students, where he talked about what makes them such a special group and SOM such a special place. You can see his talk at:

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The following Friday, I was in New York to attend SOM’s Recruiters’ Day. Hosted by our Career Development Office and held at the Yale Club of New York, Recruiters’ Day brings together corporate recruiters from across the greater New York area to discuss current issues in the MBA marketplace, benchmark with their peers, and network. Over 70 recruiters attended the event, and they came from such diverse organizations as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, The Federal Reserve, S&P, American Express, The NBA, Toys R Us, PepsiCo, Unilever, DuPont, Citigroup, UBS, Merrill Lynch, BCG, Deloitte, Fidelity, GE, and many others. I gave a talk entitled “Who Are SOM Students?,” which described a bit about the incoming SOM class. Dean Podolny gave a terrific presentation about the new curriculum, and Allyson Moore, the Director of our Career Development Office, gave a wonderful presentation entitled “Four Generations in the Workforce,” about the issues that arise when multiple generations of employees are working in the same office. Current SOM students were also on hand for panel discussions to provide their insights into recruiting and hiring MBA students. Overall, it was a fantastic day.

Then, after two SOM weekends, it was time for two personal weekends. First, the first weekend of May was my 10-year law school reunion. It was interesting to see what some of my classmates are doing. Most are partners at law firms by now, some have gone in-house (to places like NBC, Citigroup, Georgia-Pacific, and Marsh & McLennan), and others have gone completely different routes – some, for example, are teaching law, a number are on the Hill, one is heading up a non-profit in New Jersey, and one is a best-selling author! The next weekend was my 20-year high school reunion. Again, the diversity of the things people were doing was fascinating. For example, one of my classmates – who also went to college with me – is now the dinosaur curator at the Smithsonian Institute in DC. Another went on to MIT, became part of the MIT Blackjack Team, and is now a professional poker player. You may have seen him – as I did – on ESPN during the World Series of Poker (he came in second last year in the World Series of Poker HORSE tournament) or on the Fox series “The Casino.” Pretty amazing!

Stay tuned for more updates from the admissions office throughout the summer and into the fall!

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Bruce DelMonico