I'm writing this post from the gate at Rangoon airport in Burma, (officially known as Myanmar). I've just spent the most wonderful 10 days touring and trekking the newly-opened country with 6 of my classmates, and am about to fly to Tokyo to begin my International Experience (IE). Wait. Let me back up just a little bit.
Greetings from Managua (or somewhere between Miami and LA en route to my Indonesia International Experience to be exact)! I just wanted to share some of my thoughts after my Global Social Enterprise trip to Nicaragua, where I was able to reconnect with my international development roots and social entrepreneurship passions firsthand!
Remember when I wrote about the cohort system at SOM? Well, this year we’ve inaugurated the Cohort Cup competition, where the four cohorts in both years compete for glory and EPP’s (Eminent and Purposeful Points). This is a video of the dizzybat race held in Caulkins Courtyard last week, and my friend Brendan (SOM/FES '15) was forward-thinking enough to document this for posterity. Naturally, Gold took home the prize, (we’re on the far end, led by flamenco god Pedro, in the helmet), though it was a very close race! GO GOLD.
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 took a deep breath and threw myself face first into the Pacific Ocean. The cold hit me hard, and my heart began to race as I counted down the seconds I had to hold my breath- 20, 19, 18. My mind drifted to graduate school applications and I wondered if anyone else at business school would have experienced mass casualty training as a part of the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification- 10, 9, 8. Where are they? My lungs began to scream as my body began to shut down slowly and the next wave hit- 5, 4, 3.
Last night I attended a reception we hosted at the Yale Club for women interested in pursuing an MBA. The evening consisted of a panel, moderated by former Dean Sharon Oster, of five alumnae pursuing careers in various fields -- finance, consumer packaged goods, healthcare, management consulting, and non-profit management. This event is just one of many we hold for women interested in graduate management education.
Each Sunday the New York Times Travel section profiles "36 Hours" in a different city. This past Sunday, that city was New Haven. The Times' profile highlighted some classic New Haven destinations like Union League Cafe, Long Wharf Theatre, Caseus, Anchor Restaurant, Yale University Art Gallery, and others. It also hit on some lesser-known gems like Zuppardi's Apizza, Cafe Nine, Bella's, Cask Republic, and Liuzzi Gourmet Market.
The title of my inaugural post is 'Go Where the Journey Takes You,' which is a pretty good philosophy for any business school students who may have changed their minds 14 or 15 times about what they want to do with their lives once they get to school. (Not that we know anyone like that. Certainly not.) This past weekend, my journey took me to Boston for Reaching Out MBA, the annual conference for LGBT MBAs and their allies.
“Eminent and Purposeful Yale”
After only a couple months being in New Haven, I have been amazed by the wealth of resources that comes from being at an institution like Yale. Yale SOM is trying to fully integrate itself with the broader Yale University, leveraging the full breadth and depth of resources at Yale. One of Dean Snyder’s goals is to collaborate and utilize connections between SOM and Yale’s other leading programs including Law, Forestry and Environmental Science, Medical, Divinity, Global Affairs, and of course Yale College.