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February 26, 2009

One of the things I love about SOM is the constant flow of really interesting people who come to school to speak to students, participate in classes and conferences, and generally contribute to the ongoing discourse here on campus. These past few weeks especially, it seems as though there has been a lot of activity at SOM in terms of visitors and speakers.Starting with the Education Leadership Conference, which took place a few Fridays ago and featured Joel Klein, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, we've had a number of great guests here at SOM.

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November 26, 2008

So when I informed my friends, colleagues and acquaintances that I was going off to business school last summer, the most common responses I received were, “Congratulations, you are going on a two-year vacation!” and “Wow, those will be the best two years of your life!” And as I tried to get my head around what exactly they meant, I realized that the majority of them held the view that business school was really about networking, recruiting, partying, club activities and the occasional classroom endeavor.And so with that mentality, I convinced myself that I would vigorously purs

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November 17, 2008

So, it's 3:00 a.m. and I have a toothache. Fortunately, I got to bed before 11 pm for the first time in weeks, so I feel comfortable spending some time waiting for the Advil to kick in and catching up on the SOM blog. All the bloggers, by the way, got an e-mail last week encouraging more blogging, so here I am. And I'm sure the others are not too far behind (Neil and Becca, I'm calling you out in the friendliest way possible.) Fall 2 is in full swing these days, and I think I was tricked by the second years.

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October 11, 2008

Its hard to believe that finals start on Monday, officially marking the end to our first mini-semester! I think many of us are feeling the stresses of the last couple weeks, between our standard homework assignments, our final economics problem set, corporate presentations and the career fair we've been moving constantly.

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September 29, 2008

I'm waxing Ice Cube tonight. In case you aren't familiar, and without going too deeply into the details, one of Ice Cube's greatest hits in his post NWA days was a song called "It Was A Good Day." Ice Cube recorded this track while living in Los Angeles during the 1992 riots; it details a day and night he has in the South Central neighborhood, where from the beginning, "today seems kinda odd-" but in a good way.

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By: Paul Ip
September 26, 2008

It's been a while, but seeing that it's another Friday and I'm chillin' in the Hall of Mirrors, I figure it's time for another post. I've been here in New Haven for the past few days to help Microsoft with recruiting. It's been a good time so far. Aside from the official events, I've been spending some quality time in my old haunts (the Hall of Mirrors and Food for Thought) hanging out and talking to people while doing a bit of work in between. The only difference is that instead of doing classwork, I'm doing work work (or "real" work).

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September 16, 2008

Now that the school year has hit its stride, the on-campus admissions program is starting to gear up. Yesterday marked the beginning of the annual admissions office campus visit program. Through the program, visitors to campus can take a tour, sit in on a class, have lunch with students, and meet with a member of the admissions staff -- as well as visit the larger Yale campus, if they wish. We had a full complement of visitors yesterday, which was a nice way to kick off the program for the year.

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August 31, 2008

Hello! This is my first blog post EVER. I am pretty excited about it. Anyways, I woke up this morning thinking about how incredibly supportive my classmates are. We met a couple of weeks ago but it already feels like we are old friends. Coming from a non-profit arts background, I was nervous about the competitive business school environment. Obviously, visiting Yale I was struck with how different the culture is, which is why I applied. I promise it's not just a marketing ploy! It's truly a unique place. Everyone is extremely driven and accomplished, but very low key.

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June 5, 2008

Please describe your short and long term goals and how your previous experience and an MBA will help you to achieve these goals. (500 words maximum.) In 2004, sixty-five percent of Yale MBA graduates accepted full-time offers in finance, manufacturing, or consulting. Seven percent accepted jobs in a category labeled "non-profit/public".

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By: Paul Ip
May 27, 2008

I'm here in my apartment sorting through all the stuff that has accumulated over the two years I've been here. The worst part of this exercise is going through the "pile" of random things that invariably grows. Right now I'm sorting through that pile, and I'm finding some interesting things. The most interesting curiousities are in the Welcome Weekend stuff that I still have for some reason. Yup... Welcome Weekend 2006, where this journey began.

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