So here is the Yale SOM version of "That's why I chose Yale". The reasons I chose Yale can be essentially found in my trading mindset - favorable odds! SOM has a small class size compared to any other school. And we do not step on the next person throat to get ahead. We practice what John Nash once said “The Best for the Group comes when everyone in the group does what's best for himself AND the group.” Both these reasons can improve your odds in achieving anything you want during and post your MBA.
One of the enduring myths at SOM is that the second year of business school is much easier than first year. The legend goes: Year 1, Fall 1 is impossibly tough, Year 1, Fall 2 is even harder still, then Spring 1 & Spring 2 are much easier. By the time you get to second year, you're finally ready to experience b-school to the fullest! But is it the myth really true? So far, for me at least, it's been a mixed bag. Now that I'm in my second year, I can see a huge difference in my stress level from Year 1 to Year 2. But easier? Less busy? Not even close.
For second-year students returning from summer internships, this fall marks the time where we begin to lock in full-time jobs for next summer/fall. Many of my peers in banking and consulting already know if they are returning to their summer employers, as those two industries typically extend offers in late August and early September. Other industries usually respond later into September and early October. Many students also choose to build on their summer internship experiences and apply to entirely different fields.
I interned this summer at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the company's healthcare strategy and operations advisory group. There, I had the fortunate opportunity to work on interesting projects alongside extraordinary people in a firm that places particular value on work-life balance and the professional development of its employees.
It’s another sweltering Sunday afternoon here in New York City, and it has dawned on me that summer is drawing to a close. I spent this past Saturday moving into a sunny downtown New Haven apartment near Old Campus and will soon begin my final year at Yale SOM. I thought I’d share a few observations about my internship, summer in general, and a few things that we all have to look forward to.
It's been several weeks now since the Class of 2011 received their degrees (there are a few photos and a brief write-up) and left New Haven to pursue whatever post-MBA life has in store for them. Meanwhile, those of us in the Class of 2012 are busy with summer internships. The positions range from finance and consulting and brand management to tech companies, education, startups, and nonprofits. We're getting to work through balance sheet and marketing mix problems in large, established multinationals. We're planning out new programs and new initiatives for startups.
As part of its annual effort to provide funding to first year students seeking summer internships in non-profit, public sector, and social sector opportunities, the student run Internship Fund (IF) launched its silent auction today with a slew of unique items. The IF draws on support from first year and second year students, as well as faculty and alums and raises funds from the auction, Food For Thought cafe, the talent show (which Kate wrote about), support from our dean, and direct donations.
While most SOMers found the opportunity this past week to see family and travel home for the Thanksgiving holiday, a group of us spent the time visiting companies, mingling with other MBA students, sightseeing, and otherwise “letting off steam” in the capital of England. I think I have heard from enough of my classmates still lingering back into the country today to say on behalf of us all: it was truly an amazing experience. On the productive front, around twenty of us joined a consortium of other top U.S.