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October 15, 2010

Today marks the end of Fall 1 here at school, with the first half of the semester coming to a close. For first year students, exams are just now wrapping up for a variety of courses. Time for a quick breather, right? Well, not quite... All of the first years, myself included, are glad to have made it through exams, but things won't slow down for long. Next week we'll jump into a full schedule of workshops and courses on leadership.

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October 10, 2010

At the beginning of the year, the Class of 2011 provided us with a booklet entitled Student Guide to Yale SOM an opportunity to add some more color to your early days. This compilation of “pooled thoughts” and “shared tips and secrets” was developed by the Classes of 2010 and 2011 and passed down to us to ensure that we hit the ground running upon our matriculation.

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October 7, 2010

Ever since four first-year students ran into James Franco during orientation at A-1 Pizza, the legend of James Franco has been growing within the Yale SOM community. There were James Franco sightings at Louis’ Lunch, Blue State Coffee and the Yale Repertory Theater. And then there was last night. A few lucky SOMers celebrated the end of Fall 1 classes by attending a screening of “Howl,” the new film about the famed poet Alan Ginsberg. The screening was put on by the Yale University Whitney Humanities Center and with a theater capacity of only 200 people; seats were in high demand.

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October 5, 2010

One great thing about being at SOM is taking advantage of the larger Yale University community. Tonight, for example, I went to hear Aziz Royesh speak at the Law School. Aziz is a Yale World Fellow, the founder of the Marefat High School in Kabul, Afghanistan, and a leading proponent of granting equal access to education throughout the country.

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September 26, 2010

Most of us aren't very good at asking for help. In the business world, there is a fear of being perceived as weak or less competent if you are unsure or don't understand something and need a colleague to assist you. In graduate school (especially business/management) I expected to find the same thing. Truth be told, I actually expected it to be a lot worse given the potential for a competitive Type-A student environment. I could not have been more wrong about how SOM works. The CPA brings one set of skills, as does the Teach for America alum and the management consultant.

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September 22, 2010

Some quick hits as we continue through our relentless schedules:

1) The bonding between the two classes of MBA students continued on Saturday with an unofficial, all-school "Old School" party thrown and funded by the first-years. Other schools made their way over too.

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September 18, 2010
First Yale Bulldogs game of the year vs. Georgetown: Victory! Read More
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September 18, 2010

Exactly one year ago today, I was in your shoes. I was touring the northeast in search of my future, hanging onto every piece of advice that was offered to me, but with no clarity to speak of. Indeed, each business school that I visited had its pluses and minuses, but there was not one that “stood out”. However, that all changed when I visited SOM. So, (Undecided) Prospective Student, in hopes of helping you out, I thought I’d share a few memories, some vivid, some blurry, from my campus visit, where, for me, everything became clear:

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September 15, 2010

Aaron mentioned earlier that “we also have access to everything [Yale University] has to offer.” I and at least 10 other SOMers are taking advantage of that access right now. I’m not qualified to answer the question of whether the recent U.S. financial reform will work, but there’s a panel of distinguished economists here that can say a thing or two about it: - Dr.

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September 14, 2010

About this time a year ago, I was searching for something. Once or twice a week after work, instead of my usual mental unwinding, I went out on the hunt for the right MBA program. I looked at schools near and far, and far and wide, but at each event I often heard both alumni and faculty sing a similar tune. “We’re looking for the right fit.” Fit? I had spent my entire pre- (and post!) pubescence battling this premise. In high school when everyone else wore sneakers, I wore fluorescent pink chuck taylors.

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