The second half of August was an incredibly busy time here at SOM. On August 22, a team of four rising second-years defeated a team from the University of Texas to win the inaugural CNBC Fast Money MBA Challenge. SOM defeated Tuck and UCLA-Anderson to reach the finals; the other schools in the competition were from Chicago, MIT, NYU, and Columbia. The winning SOM team celebrated by ringing the closing NASDAQ bell. The next day, Dean Podolny rang the opening NYSE bell to kick off the first-year class's day in New York, which was part of their orientation.
It's that time again...a new school year, a new class of SOM students wandering around campus, and for me, a new beginning. In May I transitioned from being a Yale MBA student to being a Yale MBA alumnus, and I'm now in the process of transitioning from a Yale MBA alumnus to a Yale student again (this time in the Financial Economics Ph.D. program). Despite the title of my post, my transition from MBA student to Ph.D. student has been much more difficult than I had initially anticipated.
Now that summer has hit its midpoint, potential applicants are beginning to turn their attention to the upcoming admissions season. Here in the admissions office, we have been working hard to prepare for the new year, and hope to bring our online application live within the next week or so. In the meantime, I wanted to highlight some of the changes to our application process and requirements. First, for applicants for whom English was not the primary language of instruction at their undergraduate or graduate institution, we will accept the IELTS test this year in addition to the TOEFL.
It's been an exciting few weeks here in New Haven -- Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford were in town to shoot part of the next "Indiana Jones" movie. The heart of downtown was turned into 1957 Bedford, Connecticut for the shoot, and movie equipment, production crews, and extras in period costumes dominated the town. Some SOM people even got into the act!
Even though summer is setting in and the admissions season is winding down, we still find ourselves very busy here in the admissions office. Part of this is getting ready for the upcoming year -- updating our application, setting our recruiting schedule, etc. I will have more to share on these fronts in the coming weeks. Part of it, though, is that summer in admissions is a time of conferences and meetings -- when colleagues get together to share knowledge and exchange ideas.
It’s been a whirlwind here at the Yale School of Management. On April 20 and 21, the School hosted our admitted student Welcome Weekend, when roughly 100 future SOM students descended on campus for two days of fun and learning. One of the highlights of the weekend was Dean Podolny’s address to the admitted students, where he talked about what makes them such a special group and SOM such a special place. You can see his talk at: