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January 6, 2012

70 first- and second-year students just finished our annual San Francisco job trek.Some classmates focused almost exclusively on a target industry. Others, in keeping with our love of multiple perspectives, spanned industries.

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December 7, 2011

In the universe of graduate/professional degree programs, the MBA degree offers perhaps the most practical curriculum. Yale SOM offers no shortage of applicable courses. But Yale SOM also provides the ability to take courses, inside and outside the school, that aren’t as directly relevant to one’s career trajectory. Or so one might think.

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November 13, 2011

Few years ago, when I had just started as a freshly minted analyst from college, I visited 745 Seventh Avenue building, home to erstwhile Lehman Brothers. Back then, the CEO of Lehman used to sit on 31st floor and the only reason you would ever step foot on that floor was if you were going places (up the ladder or out). Little did I realize that in a few years, I would be having lunch on the coveted 31st with senior leadership of BarCap. The façade of 745 looks different now. It’s blue and sports the logo of its British owners. So does another building 383 Madison, now home to JP Morgan.

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October 9, 2011

This past Friday, I attended the Social Enterprise conference at Columbia along with roughly two dozen classmates from Yale SOM. We heard from entrepreneurs building mobile platforms and low cost health products, leaders in impact investing, venture capitalists, and others. But the highlight was hearing from Leymah Gbowee, a leader from Liberia who had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize earlier Friday morning. Forgive me if I sound like I'm bragging, but it was pretty cool. The conference had scheduled Ms.

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October 7, 2011

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.

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October 5, 2011

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.

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September 24, 2011

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.

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September 1, 2011

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.

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August 7, 2011

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.

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June 30, 2011

Okay, so it’s not quite midsummer anymore. I’m posting this entry a bit later than planned because my days have been action-packed. (Thanks Aaron for the slick overview of what SOM'12 is up to this summer).

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