MBA Blog

March 23, 2012

I’ll admit: traveling internationally with 20+ people – even my amazing peers at SOM – wasn’t exactly how I’d elect to spend my three weeks of Spring Break. Call me surprisingly introverted. However, getting to know a handful of first-year colleagues whom I had not known before was a real highlight.We tend to live a lot of our daily lives at SOM in our cohorts – and while I was lucky enough to have many of my fellow Blue Cohort members (there were 9 of us total) on our IE trip – it was really refreshing to get to know more of my classmates.

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March 19, 2012

Our IE trip was focused on Israel as the “Start-up Nation” – most of our visits highlighted either the financial or the technical drivers of innovation, especially in the clean tech / renewable energy industry. In Tel Aviv, we visited several venture capital and private equity firms. Even though I know relatively little about finance, especially compared to a few of my classmates on the trip, I really enjoyed these visits. They were awesome opportunities to meet and learn from people who have the vision, the courage, and the perseverance to build a business from scratch.

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March 3, 2012

Our formal International Experience starts during the second half of our Spring Break, so a good friend of mine and I decided to head to Istanbul for the week before our time in Israel. I had been to the city before . . .but this time around, I got to take in the sites on both the European and Asian sides. We went to the classic tourist locations: Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque. My favorite is the Suleymaniye Mosque - (see photo below) - I always feel amazingly inspired but totally at home here.

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