Greetings, everyone. My name is Amy, I'm a first-year student (Class of 2008) here at SOM and this is my first official post on the community blog! Today, classes began for the final quarter--I'm still not sure how this year has flown by so quickly, but I can vouch for the fact that it has been an incredible experience. It's somewhat difficult to describe all that I've learned--academically and personally--in my first year as an MBA student. I came to SOM from a non-business background and now, in my eighth month of school, I feel not only as though I've learned an entirely new language, but, also, that I have added a valuable perspective to my outlook on life, careers and the world, in general. Enough with all this heavy-insight for now, though. Feel free to email me if you want to talk more about what it's like to get into business when you've never been in business before... What's probably more interesting for you to read about right now is that I just got back from a two-week long spring break, over which I was fortunate enough both to land an internship and go skiing out West for the first time in my life--Jackson Hole, to be specific. Skiing in Jackson with my roommate and a few other classmates was a really good time ... and it was well-deserved break from schoolwork! The entire trip was so enjoyable that even getting myself caught in the trees (in an attempt to escape from moguls that I was ill-prepared to navigate) was hardly enough to make a dent in my mood. A photo of me trying to dig my way out of that situation would have been priceless for the yearbook--alas, I was alone. My apologies to the yearbook staff. As for the internship, that offer came the very Monday that break began (i.e. just days after I made it through my last exams of the third quarter). It was a very welcome phone call, to say the least. Lucky for me, it happened to be from my first-choice organization with which I had wanted to work over this coming summer. I have a fellow classmate to thank for putting me in touch with Teach for America (a nonprofit headquartered in NYC) ..perhaps I'll buy her lunch sometime after I finish paying-off all the lift-ticket debt that I accumulated last week.