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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.
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.
There are only so many days left before you start orientation, and before you know it we’ll be on campus strutting around like we own the place. That is, until we all move into a new building, and then it’s just like 1st Year all over again. Until then, we wanted to provide you with some things you could do now to prepare yourself for the unrelenting whirlwind that is the SOM MBA experience. Using some of our finest brains, we’ve come up with these words of wisdom, (in random, stream-of-consciousness order) ...
A friend from Cyprus writes:
Indeed the situation here is not good. We have major financial problems. Greece took us down the drain. Our banks lost about 4.5 billion euros from the haircut on Greek government bonds, 5 billion in non-performing loans from Greek operations of Cypriot banks, plus about 3 billion from a major blast at the energy base in Cyprus (in July 2011). Since our GDP is only 18 billion euros, these losses add up to about the 70 percent of our GDP. But we have no choice. We have to see ahead and do our best and recover asap.
Balancing it all – the acrobatics of business school are quite delicate. I often equate Yale SOM to a start-up business of sorts. Similar to a start-up, Yale SOM provides boundless opportunities to make great impact. Given SOM’s relatively newer legacy with its ivy peers, SOM has few institutional barriers that lend itself to flexibility and change at all levels from administration to academics to extracurricular activities.
SOM prides itself on its integrated curriculum, which also bleeds over to clubs and other activities around Yale. After starting our Fall-2 core classes, our first foray into the SOM’s integrated curriculum, I have been incredibly impressed by how concepts have blended together, to the extent that it is almost hard to tell which class is which given the overlap in cases and coursework - all presented from differing perspectives (customer, competitor, investor, CFO, etc.). This overlap also overflows to SOM’s clubs and extracurricular activities.
I got back to Chicago (my hometown) last night and am currently waiting for the rest of my family to get ready as we are about to go on a short roadtrip...which is why I have to miss today's Harvard-Yale game in Boston. This gives me just enough time to blog a little about my business school experiences so far.
Hurricane Sandy touched down in the Northeast on October 29. While the storm was severe enough to prompt Yale University to cancel class for two days, the minor disruption we felt in New Haven was nothing compared to the destruction and devastation people faced in New York and New Jersey. Many of us at Yale SOM have called New York home at some point in time—some grew up there, some did undergrad there, some worked there after college, and some currently take the train into the city weekly for career-related endeavors and weekend fun.
Snow! My attention quickly broke away from the professor in front of me as I heard whispers of the weather I had been looking forward to since beginning my journey to New Haven. I looked out the window to see millions of snowflakes swirling beyond the warmth of the classroom. As soon as class ended, I sprinted outside to find that the snow was actually sticking to the ground- covering everything around the SOM courtyard in a peaceful, white calm.