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November 16, 2010

It's been quite the week and I've learned an awful lot. Although plenty of learning happens in the classroom, it seems almost as much happens when speakers come to campus and share their thoughts for an hour. This past week has been a true indicator of that.

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November 14, 2010

Just down the street from SOM there is a long blue tarp obscuring scores of construction workers "playing" in the dirt. Yellow Tonka trucks from childhood have been replaced by substantially larger Caterpillar trucks and cranes. Together, workers and architects strive to ensure a firm foundation for the new SOM campus. Earlier that afternoon, I had the joy of touring the construction site with someone equally important to the foundation of SOM, Bill Beinecke (YC'36), a longtime and loyal supporter of Yale -- and especially the School of Management.

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November 8, 2010

Now that roughly a month has passed since our first application deadline, I thought it would be a good time to give a quick update on where we stand in the process. We're still very much in the midst of reviewing applications and sending out interview invitations. At this point, we've extended roughly two-thirds of the invitations that we will ultimately send out for the round. Although this means that the majority of invitations have already gone out, it also means that we still have many more left to extend.

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November 4, 2010

Wilbur L. Ross YC ‘59, the CEO and chairman of WL Ross & Co. LLC, has pledged $10 million to support the construction of the new Yale SOM campus. Ross’s gift, among the largest by an individual backing the new campus, is directed toward the library in the new building, which will be a state-of-the-art facility supporting teaching and research.

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October 27, 2010

So, I’m a second year now. I hate to use a cliché but, well, time flies. It has not only flown but its wings are now frantically flapping faster than ever before. I’m already into the second quarter of my second and final year and it’s time to give back a little. I’m originally from Europe where (for reasons I do not fully understand) students simply do not seem to develop the same die-hard loyalty to their alma mater as do American students.

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October 25, 2010

Don’t worry; I’m not having an identity crisis. But that doesn’t mean I’m not constantly learning new things about myself. The MBA experience has proven to be like a big mirror, with team projects and deep conversations with newfound friends offering plenty of opportunities for a deep look within. One unforeseen opportunity has been to peer into the experiences and insights of my classmates in order to better understand roles I might like to play within an organization after school.

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October 18, 2010

Before I began researching MBA programs last year, Yale SOM was not the first business school that came to my mind in conversations around innovation and entrepreneurship. But it turns out that Yale is a pretty good place for aspiring entrepreneurs. (Lots more info after the jump).

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October 15, 2010

I recently had the opportunity to participate in an admissions event, Fall Friday for Women. If you're not familiar, it's an event that SOM sponsors once a year in the fall to host prospective female students and allow them to meet women faculty, alumni and students from around SOM and learn about our curriculum (which, by now, all of us in 2012 are quite well-versed in). I was one of those prospective female students attending this event last year, so it was interesting to be on the other side.

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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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