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January 2, 2009

Classes ended on the 19th and students have left for winter break, but things have remained busy here at SOM over the holidays. First, leading up to the break, the school hosted the 58th annual Yale CEO Summit in New York. Organized by Senior Associate Dean Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, the CEO Summit is an opportunity for chief executives of top organizations to have candid, off-the-record conversations about the challenges facing contemporary business.

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December 19, 2008

Like the rest of my classmates I'm amazed at the fact we're a quarter of the way done with our MBA experience...Driving through the rain and snow storms today from New Haven to Pittsburgh, I found myself unintentionally recapping my classes with my boyfriend as we debated the current events and competitive landscape of the “Big Three”…It was as though he’d seen my final exam for competitor.

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December 19, 2008

What a cap to an amazing semester. It was only once we all finished our last exam of fall finals (Sourcing and Managing Funds...oof) and had a cathartic string of holiday parties that beautiful white snow blanketed the city of New Haven. I spent the afternoon today making the best of my decision to wait another day before braving I-95, and went sledding with three other first years at a hill we found at the Divinity School. For the first time since orientation, we were all having fun together without a case to worry about the next Monday.

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December 19, 2008

As I sit in my house, all snowed in and enjoying some much needed r & r, I can't help but think about the incredible whirlwind that I have survived. First semester I went from meeting complete strangers and learning about material I could not even dream of, to having an incredible group of friends and knowing what discounted free cash flow is and (in theory) how to calculate it...It was grueling, exhausting, hilarious, trying, and just a lot of fun.

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November 26, 2008

So when I informed my friends, colleagues and acquaintances that I was going off to business school last summer, the most common responses I received were, “Congratulations, you are going on a two-year vacation!” and “Wow, those will be the best two years of your life!” And as I tried to get my head around what exactly they meant, I realized that the majority of them held the view that business school was really about networking, recruiting, partying, club activities and the occasional classroom endeavor.And so with that mentality, I convinced myself that I would vigorously purs

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November 22, 2008

Despite the blustery day, I ventured outside during a study break this afternoon to the Creative Arts Workshop on Audubon Street. Just steps away from school is a charmer of a street with SOM favorites like Koffee on Audubon and the Devil's Gear Bike Shop.All the first-years are familiar with Audubon Street, having done their orientation group presentation on business concepts for a retail space in the district.

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November 20, 2008

It’s exactly four weeks since our Round 1 deadline, which seems like a good time to drop a quick note on what we have been up to in admissions and what’s happening next. At this point, the vast majority of applications are complete and ready to read. Only a handful of applicants are still missing materials, and we emailed those people who are missing materials yesterday, so anyone who didn’t receive an email should assume that their application is complete (it’s also possible for applicants to check their status on their

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November 18, 2008

(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.

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November 17, 2008

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.

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