Things have truly moved at a breakneck pace this quarter and its time to once again look back on what has happened, while I sit in on a poetry reading at one of my favorite cafes, Koffee on Audubon. The start of the semester was really hectic while I grappled with recruiting, SOM Outreach and 6 classes. For now, I will be joining BCG for the summer and am really looking forward to it.
I could not have asked for a better Valentine’s Day. First, I woke up and realized that my significant other forgot about Valentine’s Day! It made me happy to see that she is just like me, busy and productive, and does not get overly caught up in this holiday (not that it is bad, it is just not my thing). But more relevant for this post, I saw the integrated curriculum at Yale SOM at its best. In my operations class we studied the movie industry and two great professors, Arthur Swersey (operations professor) and Keith Chen (behavioral econ professor), taught the class together.
A couple of weeks back the Diversity Committee of Student Government hosted a student panel regarding diversity in the modern work place and diversity and inclusion in general. This panel was extremely well attended and amazing, and I believe it represents a unique factor about Yale SOM: people at this school care not only about diversity, but they also care about inclusion. Diversity is a word that can mean many different things: e.g., background, culture, work experience, life experience, etc.
"It's all there at entry." Those were the parting words from Andrea Levere, SOM'83 and President of the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED), during the Class of 2012 orientation back in August 2010. Over the ensuing weeks, there was some casual debate and joking over exactly what Ms. Levere had meant by this somewhat cryptic advice.
With the New Year well into its third week, it's time to start making good on one of my important New Year's resolutions: to be a more regular contributor to this blog. And especially since my diet and exercise resolutions didn't last past January 2, this is one resolution that needs to stick. By announcing here, in writing, that I will blog at least once every two weeks in 2012, I'm hoping to create a little forced accountability (more so than that still-unused gym membership).
After a rather forgiving winter, it finally snowed last night. Funny thing is I found out through a torrent of excited Facebook updates before I saw the white blanket of snow outside my window.Spring semester is the first time first-years get to choose electives apart from taking core classes. Shopping for electives is definitely fun given that SOM students are able to take classes at the other grad schools and even the undergrad college.
I am happy to announce that three Yale SOM members (including myself) are part of the organizing committee for the 2013 National Reaching Out LGBT MBA (ROMBA) Conference! We teamed up with MIT and Tuck business school students to submit a organizing bid in October and had our first organizing retreat at the beginning of December. The conference will take place in Boston, MA during October 2013.
As I went to high school in Singapore and college at NYU, this was my first ever college football game and tailgate. And I admit I was unprepared for the scale of the event; It was huge! There were tens of thousands of people coming in from all over the US. I even met an alumnus who flew in from Texas and graduated over 40 years ago. Pretty amazing to see all the school spirit in action.