The chance of precipitation was 100 percent. Wind speeds started at 13 miles per hour and reached up to 22 miles per hour. By 9:05 p.m., the temperature had already hit a low of 37 degrees.
Mother nature, however, could not deter the students of SOM from braving the elements to celebrate our 2013 winter formal, “Winter Lights,” on Friday night. By taxi, by car and even by foot, we descended upon the New Haven Lawn Club, where, per the invitation, “formal attire (was) preferred” and “dancing (was) required.”
Two days ago
Yale's integrated curriculum is often cited and conceptually easy to appreciate but the true power comes to life in the classrooms and learning. Two days ago, we were discussing the Royal Bank of Canada and its opportunities for implementing CRM in my Customer class. At the head of the room stood three promiment professors.
Here, at Yale SOM, you feel the constant struggle to decide when and where your time is best spent. However, once in a while your mind needs to wonder off, and think about something else other than schoolwork and recruiting. That is the time when you realize you are a student at Yale and the possibilities are endless.
Strong community & small class size. I’ll lump this into one point, since they go hand-in-hand. SOM’s homey feel initially attracted me to consider the school. I knew I wouldn’t get lost at sea surrounded by classmates who knew me and had my best interests at heart. Likewise, the outreach I received from students and alumni when I was an applicant (huge shout-out to Dennis ’14 here) and now, as a current student, signaled to me that by joining the SOM community, I was joining a place that would be a part of my life long after I left the Yale campus.
There are two programs through which MBA students can get involved with YEI: either as a consultant for student-run startups or as an advisor for companies within the Venture Creation Program. YEI Consultants are graduate school students who provide business planning, financial modeling, strategy assistance, competitive assessments, market sizing, business model creation and marketing plan development. VC Advisors help select and fund a portfolio of student ventures in the Venture Creation Program and support these early stage venture teams by guiding them through working with YEI.
I am 1.5 weeks of classes away from finishing my first semester at SOM. Time has gone by rapidly and slowly at the same time. I couldn’t tell you what I did on half of the 17 weekends I have been here at Yale, mostly because it seems like so many less. However, I can tell you that this past weekend I won’t forget (more on this later) and that I feel a whole lot wiser than 4 months ago. I sincerely believe that the last four months have been the period of most intense learning in my life. Not only do I now know what a balance sheet actually looks like and how to value a company, but I also now have a much better idea of how I will go about achieving my professional and personal life goals and what are the tradeoffs I am willing to make (because no, you can’t have it all).
One of the most special aspects of Yale SOM that drew me to the school was its natural merging of worlds. With 12% of its student body being joint degree candidates and a large general population of individuals from non-traditional backgrounds (think economic development, fund/endowment management, theater administration, etc.), Yale SOM is a melting pot whose talented student body is united by a sense of purpose stemming from underlying passions.
Thinking about applying to SOM and want to learn about the school from a current student’s perspective? Have a few last minute questions about your essays before the upcoming Round 2 or 3 deadlines and want to know what worked for current students? Lucky for you, here is your chance to ask all those questions and more to current first-year and second-year students.
“Dream enormously big. You can literally accomplish anything.” said Liz. At the women’s event in New York, Mckinsey and Company’s New York Office Director Liz Hilton Siegel urged us to give ourselves the time and space, while in business school, to imagine our impact on the world. It was an inspiring end to an afternoon filled with incredibly insightful conversations and great learning experiences. Her talk was part of a half-day women’s event hosted by Mckinsey and Co. New York office last week for business schools in and around NYC.
They were bold. They were bright. They were bodacious.
Bedecked in the likes of Hammer pants and gold berets, they took the stage by storm. The eminent and purposeful Yale SOM had never seen anything like it. Cheers erupted, whistles rang out—and hearts probably melted.