Over the past few weeks, I have been able to participate in some wonderful opportunities to ‘give back’ here in New Haven. My Yale SOM classmates, consistently impressing me with their professional accomplishments, are also great leaders—innovators really—in extracurricular and community outreach programs.
Last night was the International Food Festival at Donaldson Commons, which was the closing event for International Month. There was food from 18 countries which Yale SOM students and faculty got the opportunity to sample. Everyone did a tremendous job and I personally had a blast going around trying Spanish tortillas, German beer, Singaporean pulut hitam (gotta admit, devoured a lot of food from my own booth), English scones, Japanese mochi, ... Going to end off with a few photos which I feel perfectly capture the fun and festive atmosphere. Photo credits to Eddie Thai '12.
When you put enough of these together (i.e., 4), you get TEAM NIGHT MONGOOSE STRIKE FORCE TEAM (double team for emphasis). You might ask, what is Team Night Mongoose Strike Force Team, other than awesome? Answer: a group of hand-picked Yale MBA students (someone sent out an email) rigorously trained to deliver precise solutions to case competition problems.
Few years ago, when I had just started as a freshly minted analyst from college, I visited 745 Seventh Avenue building, home to erstwhile Lehman Brothers. Back then, the CEO of Lehman used to sit on 31st floor and the only reason you would ever step foot on that floor was if you were going places (up the ladder or out). Little did I realize that in a few years, I would be having lunch on the coveted 31st with senior leadership of BarCap. The façade of 745 looks different now. It’s blue and sports the logo of its British owners. So does another building 383 Madison, now home to JP Morgan.
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.
Friends in the tropics, if you ever wonder how a Christmasy Halloween experience looks like, then you've come to the right blogpost! Yesterday morning came our first snow of the year. It was only October - no wonder the squirrels around campus had been extremely busy preparing for Winter last week. SOMers, on the other hand, were caught off-guard by the snow storm because we were having our long anticipated Halloween party last night! Our student government had it well said: We won’t let 6 inches of snow stop the party!
Just wrapped up the first quarter of my second year. And while the chance to return to school to learn about things I’m passionate about is itself a great opportunity, with the core behind me and a huge selection of courses to choose from, this quarter felt particularly indulgent. I was like a kid in a candy store.Of course, in Managing Strategic Networks it turns out, I was more like a fish in a sea. In this class we analyzed both our own networks, the networks of organizations, and ways to leverage consumer networks in marketing strategies.
Hello world! My name is Dwight Tran '13. You can read all about me on my profile - however, my identity can be summed up in three defining categories by my peers: Google (a.k.a. Ex-googler, Xoogler), Polo (the kind with horses), Parrots (not Parents).
I pulled together some numbers that are illustrative of my time at the Yale School of Management so far: 0. The number of minutes I have driven a car while at Yale. As a lifelong Southern Californian, I have spent a great deal of life in my car. I drove one to and from work. I was accepted to Yale while I was in my car. But in New Haven, I haven’t had much of a need for one. By walking, taking the Yale Shuttle, and hitching rides with friends, I don’t find much need for a car.