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July 29, 2010

In my most recent post, I mentioned that we would be bringing the Yale SOM 2010-2011 application live in July. I am pleased to say that the application did in fact go live earlier this week. Anyone who wishes to access the application and begin working on it can do so through our website. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming events and other resources for enhancing your candidacy, such as our online Application Tips Chat. More to come soon . . . .

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June 24, 2010

Almost two years ago, on the day that the Dow experienced its single greatest drop in history, I blogged about Ice Cube's heartfelt "It Was A Good Day." I may have stretched the analogy, but tried to maintain a specific point: optimism. Challenges, managerial or otherwise, test our abilities to navigate murky waters and unclear paths forward. We must have confidence that proper leadership, intrinsic values, and the maintenance of our internal compasses will assure our success in the darkest of days. And that we, as SOM students, were better prepared than any for such moments.

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June 21, 2010

We announced the upcoming season's application deadlines and essay topics in last month's edition of our online admissions newsletter. For those of you who want to stay up-to-date on what's happening at SOM, subscribing to the admissions newsletter is a great place to start. If, however, you did not receive the newsletter, below are the 2010-2011 Yale SOM application deadlines and essay questions. We plan to take the application live next month and will be posting our event schedule shortly, so please keep an eye out for those updates as well.

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June 13, 2010

A recent note from Didi, one of my SOM classmates who is living and interning in South Africa this summer (published with her permission): Johannesburg is bursting with World Cup Fever! For the whole year, the country has been celebrating ‘football Friday’ – which essentially means you wear Bafana Bafana (South African team) shirts to work that day. From government officials to factory workers, every Friday the country is literally decked out in yellow football shirts.

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May 25, 2010

I’m excited to move back to Brooklyn, really. I am glad to return to the same city as my boyfriend, and look forward to starting my new career at BCG. Before I start, BCG is giving me time to travel (to East Africa, including a visit to a classmate and his family in Kenya), and they’re funding me to do a social impact fellowship with Sanctuary for Families. So I am eager to move forward to new adventures and challenges. As I look forward to life as an SOM alumna, it has been a treasure to witness my brother’s excitement at joining the SOM Class of 2012.

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May 24, 2010

Congratulations to Dr. J. Craig Venter and Synthetic Genomics, Inc. for their breakthrough in modifying an existing cell with some synthesized genes. The news reports say that they have applied for a patent on their invention (Read the article in the New York Times). The social goal of our system of patents is to reward innovation in the hope of improving our society.

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May 5, 2010

The Oath Project (www.oathproject.org) has strong ties to SOM. The Aspen Institute, whose Business and Society initiative is run by an SOM alumna, is an Oath Project partner. SOM annually has the largest contingent of students at the Net Impact conference, and Net Impact is another partner. So both organizations have looked to SOM to become an affiliate of the Oath Project, and to promote the Business Oath. But at least for now, we won’t.The Business Oath is an effort to professionalize business.

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April 23, 2010

I was thrilled to see that Professor Schott won the core curriculum teaching award. This was the first year that the Global Macroeconomy was offered, so I'm one of the twenty or so brave second years that opted to re-enter the world of the Core with the Class of 2011 to learn the art of IS-LM curves. So consider that

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April 23, 2010

I didn’t even know what corporate finance was when I started at SOM last fall. I certainly did not think I would take any course with “finance” in its title, much less actually enjoy it. So I was surprised to be cheering aloud when my Corporate Finance professor, Heather Tookes, won this year's Alumni Elective Teaching Award. Yes…this fall, I actually did learn how to calculate WACC, what a beta is—and the difference between an asset and equity beta—and the difference between NPV and APV.

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April 20, 2010

The Internship Fund had its most successful auction in recent memory. It began Monday with the opening of the silent auction, which was conducted entirely online this year. Students and Faculty were glued to the Live Auction Results on the Hall of Mirror screens all week (see below).

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