(cue me sticking my head out of the ground like a groundhog from lack of recent blogging. Guillermo’s shout out did prod me.) I went to Net Impact this weekend with over 70 of my SOM compadres. That’s about 25% of the school! For those of you who don’t know, Net Impact is an organization that links together social-impact minded MBA’s and professionals. Our chapter is extremely strong. They organize meetings, trainings, send newsletters about relevant events on sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, and general issues for non-profits.
So, it's 3:00 a.m. and I have a toothache. Fortunately, I got to bed before 11 pm for the first time in weeks, so I feel comfortable spending some time waiting for the Advil to kick in and catching up on the SOM blog. All the bloggers, by the way, got an e-mail last week encouraging more blogging, so here I am. And I'm sure the others are not too far behind (Neil and Becca, I'm calling you out in the friendliest way possible.) Fall 2 is in full swing these days, and I think I was tricked by the second years.
Its hard to believe that finals start on Monday, officially marking the end to our first mini-semester! I think many of us are feeling the stresses of the last couple weeks, between our standard homework assignments, our final economics problem set, corporate presentations and the career fair we've been moving constantly.
I'm waxing Ice Cube tonight. In case you aren't familiar, and without going too deeply into the details, one of Ice Cube's greatest hits in his post NWA days was a song called "It Was A Good Day." Ice Cube recorded this track while living in Los Angeles during the 1992 riots; it details a day and night he has in the South Central neighborhood, where from the beginning, "today seems kinda odd-" but in a good way.
Well hello there! I am sorry it has been a while, it turns out there are lots of panels to see, lots of free pizzas to consume and lots of problem sets to do in Business School. Regardless, I wanted to blog about this amazing opportunity I got the other day through my Careers course at SOM. The course gives you a multi-faceted framework with which to think about your career past, present and future. We think about values, psychology, goals, culture, leadership, and more. One of the assignments for this course is to interview someone whose career trajectory interests you.
It's been a while, but seeing that it's another Friday and I'm chillin' in the Hall of Mirrors, I figure it's time for another post. I've been here in New Haven for the past few days to help Microsoft with recruiting. It's been a good time so far. Aside from the official events, I've been spending some quality time in my old haunts (the Hall of Mirrors and Food for Thought) hanging out and talking to people while doing a bit of work in between. The only difference is that instead of doing classwork, I'm doing work work (or "real" work).
School is finally in full swing: this seems to be the theme of the last week. We’ve all weathered the first econ problem set, considered the ins and outs of the Carlyle Group’s proposed investment in the Chinese construction company Xugong, drawn more probability and decision trees than we know what to do with, and spent a fair amount of time working in our core groups to determine what intrinsic and unique qualities we each have which will help facilitate our eventual roles as, in the words of SOM’s mission, “leaders for business and society”.
Now that the school year has hit its stride, the on-campus admissions program is starting to gear up. Yesterday marked the beginning of the annual admissions office campus visit program. Through the program, visitors to campus can take a tour, sit in on a class, have lunch with students, and meet with a member of the admissions staff -- as well as visit the larger Yale campus, if they wish. We had a full complement of visitors yesterday, which was a nice way to kick off the program for the year.
It is such a luxury to return to school after working in the real world for the summer. My summer internship was amazing--but after 12 intense weeks it was pretty cushy to say "it's been fun, see you later, I'm going back to being a student for 9 more months." I have been so happy to return to New Haven. I have been really happy to see my SOM friends again--this is the last time we will all be in one place again. On the first, my friends know me as a native New Yorker, but I love living in New Haven.