Katie Rae ’97, the managing director of a top tech accelerator called Techstars, visited campus this week to talk about entrepreneurship in an event hosted by the Women in Management Club. Rather than lecture about her life or Techstars, Katie took an unexpected approach and interacted with the crowd extensively. It was a great opportunity to get this type of access to an entrepreneur.
Business schools from around the northeast (and even North Carolina!) stormed campus last weekend to compete in Yale SOM's 24th annual soccer tournament: the Yale Cup. This year, a total of 12 schools representing 16 teams fought for the coveted golden soccer ball trophy.
I’ll be honest. The first eight weeks has been nothing short of a whirlwind. I definitely do not feel totally settled (and I’ve lived in New Haven for the past two years and completed a Masters program here at Yale). But, maybe that is part of finding one’s place within the fabric of the school. At least that is my current conclusion. Yet, despite the fact that I am still settling into life here at SOM, there have already been numerous experiences that will be forever ingrained in my memory. What sorts of experiences, you ask? Here, let me give you a few examples.
Being of Chinese decent, but never having the opportunity to travel back to my “homeland,” I was really looking forward to my first visit to China. As part of Global Network Week 2013, I traveled with four of my Yale SOM classmates, along with twelve other business school students from EGADE (Mexico), IE (Spain), and Technion (Israel), to Fudan University in Shanghai to learn more about doing business in China firsthand.
Objective: Maximize my time at SOM by exploring my interests, satiating my unflagging curiosity, and extracting as much knowledge and understanding as I possibly can from interactions inside and outside of the classroom. Decisions: Breadth and depth of commitments. Constraints: Only 24 hours per day available. Seven days/week; Sleep requirements between 5.5-7 hours per day; ~1 hour gym time each day; Retaining good relationships with non-SOM friends and family back home.
In observance of the inauguration of Yale President Peter Salovey, Yale University threw open its doors this weekend with special events and festivities for university affiliates as well as the greater public. While most of the second-year MBAs were out of town for fall break, my Monday flight meant that I could join my friend from the School of Public Health in exploring the campus Open House today.
Our first application deadline passed late last month and the round two deadline—January 9, 2014—is fast approaching. Whether you applied already or are planning to do so in the new year, you may be wondering what happens to your application once you hit the “Submit” button.
These 1st Year students, man. They just blow me away. I have been so extremely impressed with the Class of 2015 so far. In every effort I've seen from them, whether it's football, chili, impressing recruiters, or rocking their first quarter of classes, they have poured their hearts and souls into making this year a truly exemplary year for all of us.