Yesterday was the first day of Chinese New Year, my friends and I got together to celebrate it in Vivian’s apartment community room. Although there was a heavy blizzard in New Haven, my friends were still enthusiastic for the party, especially Hualong, his wife and their little baby.
Hey There! It's been a while, but I've stored up a lot of great stuff for you. Everything in this post is a reflection of the longstanding tradition at Yale SOM of taking our jobs and experiences seriously, but definitely not taking ourselves too seriously. First off, here's a picture of my house* that my friend Sarah took yesterday morning. It may look like a pretty standard winter snow day, but keep in mind that there's a 30" porch underneath that snow.
"We think of distressed investing as the eraser on Wall Street's pencil."
- Wilbur L. Ross YC '59, CEO and chairman of WL Ross & Co., on investing in troubled companies. In a talk at Yale SOM on January 29, Ross discussed the process his firm uses to select companies in which to invest and assessed the European financial situation and his firm's investment in the Bank of Ireland.
I probably wouldn’t have noticed him otherwise.
My first night in San Francisco for the job trek, I reunited with an old friend over dinner to celebrate her 27th birthday. At a little past 10 p.m., we finally gave up the herculean quest to finish the ambitiously sized birthday crepes we had ordered—and asked the waitress sheepishly for to-go boxes. Then, armed with what was probably the world’s largest dessert crepe, I headed back to the Airbnb where a few other first-year’s and I were staying in Fisherman’s Wharf.
Student photographer Alina Vorobeitchik '14 took her camera to the ice to capture Yale SOM students getting ready for the annual Garstka Cup hockey game scheduled for February 8. This hockey competition pits the first-year students against the second-year students.
A major highlight for me during my first term in the MAM program was getting to meet Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan who visited Yale in September. I never would have imagined that my first opportunity to meet such a high ranking official from my home country would come in New Haven, CT. After seeing the number of prominent guest speakers from around the world who come to Yale my guess is I am not the first international student to have had such an experience. During his talk Minister Wirjawan highlighted Indonesia’s growth and projections that it will become an even more important economy for Asia and the world.
Greetings from San Francisco, where over 100 Yale SOM students just completed visiting more than 40 companies for our annual San Francisco Job Trek! During this year’s record-breaking trek, the leaders of eight SOM clubs, such as Net Impact and the Technology Club, have coordinated visits with diverse companies and organizations in the Bay area. Popular destinations included Google, IDEO, Visa and the Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm established by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, and his wife.
Twitter is my breaking news source, my "I need a joke now" supply, and my place to feed my inner nerd. Social media plays an interesting role in all of our lives in New Haven-- most class events are posted on our Yale SOM Class of 2014 Facebook page, and many 15-minute blocks of time result in inspiration from the abyss of social media. Thankfully, here at Yale SOM I can harness my love of Twitter for good!
Remember when I wrote about the cohort system at SOM? Well, this year we’ve inaugurated the Cohort Cup competition, where the four cohorts in both years compete for glory and EPP’s (Eminent and Purposeful Points). This is a video of the dizzybat race held in Caulkins Courtyard last week, and my friend Brendan (SOM/FES '15) was forward-thinking enough to document this for posterity. Naturally, Gold took home the prize, (we’re on the far end, led by flamenco god Pedro, in the helmet), though it was a very close race! GO GOLD.
Libraries are one of the most important parts of a university, and for me they are absolutely the soul of a university. There are more than 30 libraries at Yale, and each library tells its own unique story. One of my favorite parts of being in the MAM program is that as a member of the SOM community you are also a member of the Yale University community. As someone who loves libraries having all of Yale's libraries to explore has been wonderful aspect of my experience. As this semester has come to an end I think this is the time to introduce three of my favorite libraries: Sterling Memorial Library, Center for Science and Social Science Information and Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.