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April 24, 2009

There have been a lot of memorable moments in the first year of business school here at SOM. It’s really incredible to stop and think about how much we’ve experienced since arriving in New Haven in August (the International Experience, the Internship Fund, Harvard-Yale, Cohort Olympics, Econ with Oster). Last night, however, was one of the more memorable and humorous moments of all.

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April 23, 2009

I don’t really play video games. Not out of any lack of desire to play them. In fact, quite to the contrary, I feel a persistent desire to play. In playing games, I appreciate the value of problem solving, of having the opportunity to attempt to solve the same problem multiple times, to push at the boundaries of the program and learn the rules by which the game must be played. Gaming is, in many ways, the act of learning. Moving forward in a game is a signal of learning; the player has mastered a particular element, and is rewarded with the next puzzle.

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April 22, 2009

The weather is supposed to be gorgeous for Welcome Weekend. (See the forecast here) We are all so excited to welcome the Class of 2011 to campus!

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April 12, 2009

The Internship Fund has got to be one of the hardest working collection of students you can imagine. One of the few completely first year-run organizations (FFT is another one), the Internship Fund, as I have mentioned before, is responsible for raising all of the money to subsidize non-profit and public sector internships. The Auction, which is charged with raising a large percentage of these funds, is happening this Thursday, April 16. This year's theme, SOMonopoly, is providing some pretty amazing decoration opportunities throughout the school.

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April 9, 2009

With the rise of wordpress and similar blogging software, SOM is enabling student clubs to run and manage interactive Web 2.0 domains. One of the first to appear is the portal to the School of Management's volunteer, student-run café, better known as Food For Thought - or FFT in the acronym-loving world of business short-cuts (ALWBSC).The new site offers students an easy way to sign up for volunteer shifts, comment and upload photos of musical events and other activities.

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April 3, 2009

Coming from the comfortable anonymity offered by some thirty thousand students during my undergrad, I knew the tight community of SOM would present a radically different class bonding experience. And one of the most rewarding features of a small school is not only do you get to meet the dean personally, but the dean knows you. I say this in all seriousness, because Sharon Oster is renowned for her near perfect memory of names and faces, never lacking a lively personal story about any student, faculty member or alumni.

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April 1, 2009

From March 16th through the 20th, ten of my classmates and I had the opportunity to participate in the Washington, DC Spring Break Leadership Forum. This annual trip allows students to meet with top politicians, policy makers, and opinion leaders from both the public and non-profit sectors. The trip was truly inspirational not simply because of the unparalleled access to high-level decision makers; but more importantly, because of the ability we had to engage in candid discussions about the major social, economic, and political challenges facing our country.

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March 16, 2009

So I spent part of last week in Mexico City participating in Yale Week in Mexico. Yale Week is a great program whereby various faculty from across the University -- SOM, the Law School, School of Medicine, Yale College, etc. -- as well as Yale administrators travel down to Mexico for lectures, meetings, and other activities (such as a community service project in Monterrey with Yale students and alumni and members of the Tec de Monterrey community).

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March 16, 2009

Spring break officially began today with our last take home finals due yesterday evening, yet today I found myself reliving highlights from this past semester and realizing just how much the past few months have changed the way I think...

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March 15, 2009

Now that our second application round is roughly two-thirds over, it seems like a good time to take stock with where we are and what will happen for the rest of the round. We released our first batch of decisions right at the end of February. These decisions were mostly our Consortium applications, to whom we owed a decision by early March, with a few additional applications that we were ready to release added on. We feel very good about the people we admitted through the Consortium process.

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