You didn’t really think I’d forget about Part 3 did you? Here’s my final blog post. The “big reveal” and Yale SOM’s role in getting me there, after the jump. Precisely three months after graduation – three wonderful months of rest, reconnection, and reflection – I have finally decided where I’m headed next.
“It’s almost as if trying to describe a color to a person that’s never seen before. You just have to experience it. You have to go through it, look back, and smile.” – Sanjin ‘12 As hard as I tried to articulate the essence of the past two years in a blog post, I just couldn’t do it. I realized that this is because my experience is so deeply rooted in my relationships with my classmates and, thus, it is only through the assembly of voices that I could paint a picture of our shared experience.
Sitting in the Hall of Mirrors just weeks until graduation, I can’t help but reflect (zing!). How did I, a die-hard Harvard man, come to embrace Yale too? After all, the Harvard-Yale rivalry goes back more than a century. Yale SOM first caught my attention in Fall 2005. A college junior then, I knew little about my future except that I would eventually go to a graduate program.
In the universe of graduate/professional degree programs, the MBA degree offers perhaps the most practical curriculum. Yale SOM offers no shortage of applicable courses. But Yale SOM also provides the ability to take courses, inside and outside the school, that aren’t as directly relevant to one’s career trajectory. Or so one might think.
I (the cheesy boy) had just arrived at Boston’s South Station and decided to look for a quick bite. Lo and behold, I saw Cheeseboy, the country’s first quick-service grilled cheese restaurant chain founded by Yale SOM’s Mike Inwald (’10). I thought I'd try it out. When I walked over to place my order, the guy who had been immediately in front of the register stepped away, and the cashier asked me what I wanted. I pointed to the guy. “Is he done?” “Oh, don’t worry about him. He’s the owner.” I turned and asked him.
Besides encouraging an interesting and diverse cross-section of the SOM community to contribute to the blog, the blog coordinator's powers are pretty mundane, e.g. being able to filter spam or allowed to be as cheesy as I want. But I uncovered a potentially useful power yesterday: accessing drafted-but-unpublished posts. Bloggers from years past wrote but refrained from publishing to the public a few posts. What vile observations about Yale SOM did these former students want to keep from the light of day?
Just wanted to post a quick one from one of my favorite spots at SOM: the miniature hedge maze behind Yale SOM's International Center for Finance. You can see from the picture that it's a bit bare right now but in the spring it's fantastically verdant.