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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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May 25, 2008

Tomorrow I officially graduate from the Yale School of Management, armed with an MBA and about to be re-launched into the real world. I'm sad, in denial, anxious, and in utter disbelief that this occasion has come so quickly. Today was Yale College's "Class Day", continuing a Yale tradition where a major speaker addresses the graduating class the day before commencement.

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May 14, 2008

I think I've learned something after all the pain and sweat of this first year. Well, I was pretty sure that was the case. But of all things, my airport shuttle ride right after finals made it official.

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May 12, 2008

Final Strategic Across Sectors Exam (Felt like an HR case, 9 pages, 2.5 hours... DONE)

Final Behavioral Perspectives on Management Paper (8 pages, wrote about the H1-B immigration policy and how flawed it is... DONE)

Final Managing Organizational Politics paper (10 pages, wrote about the American Red Cross, tried to give recommendations to the new CEO, feel like the situation is pretty hopeless though... DONE)

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By: Paul Ip
May 5, 2008

I just realized this morning that things are about over. After turning in two papers today, I'll only have one paper, one exam, and one class left. Not only that, but thinking about groceries, I counted the days that I'll be in New Haven before graduation weekend: five.

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May 2, 2008

Hello readers and welcome to the month of May - the final month of my 2 year MBA at Yale SOM. Its a scary thought and one that I numb my mind to, I really don't want to admit it's all coming to an end. As for the items left on my plate during this last month- May brings a mixed bag of feelings and activities - on the one hand I have to think about 2 final ten page papers and 1 final exam... but on the other hand the social activities are PACKED. For academic stuff I have actually procrastinated a little less than I usually do.

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By: Paul Ip
April 29, 2008

Yep. That's me chillin' on the New Haven green like a bum. Three hours ago I was writing a paper, last two hours I've been enjoying some fantastic live music from Sean Kingston and The Roots. Temple Grill for dinner + drinks in half an hour. Good times. Some pics from the concert:

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April 19, 2008

For those that don't know me too well, I happen to be a pretty big Arnold Schwarzenegger fan. I loved Terminator 2 when I first saw it as a kid, and today that film still stands the test of time upon multiple re-watchings.

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By: Paul Ip
April 18, 2008

The worst day this week - Monday: 8:30 - Wake up 9:30 -10:30 - Start preparing for 10:30 Negotiations meeting 10:30 -11:30 - Negotiations meeting 11:30 - 1:00 - Student Government meeting 1:00 - 2:20 - Class - Behavioral Perspectives on Management 2:40 - 4:00 - Class - Consumer Behavior 4:10 - 7:10 - Class - Negotiations 7:30 - 2:00 - Yearbook and an 8:15 class the following morning!

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April 7, 2008

In other news, tonight I visited the Architecture Salon, which the SOM Arts & Culture club organizes in conjunction with the Yale art schools (there have also been an Art Salon, a Music Salon, and a Drama Salon). The goal is to exhibit students' artwork and have students from different schools talk with each other. Did I mention that there is beer and a cheese plate? Anyway. Tonight at the Salon there was a contest. To build a house on Mars.

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