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August 26, 2010

As we’ve gone through orientation and our first week of classes, I’ve noticed how we’re being introduced to the values that define Yale SOM – in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. On our first day of classes, we opened that morning’s Wall Street Journal to see an article written by three of our professors, Rodrigo Canales, B. Cade Massey, and Amy Wrzesniewski titled, Promises Aren’t Enough: Business Schools Need to Do a Better Job Teaching Students Values.

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August 24, 2010

Yesterday marked the first day of classes for the class of 2012 with students, eager and reticent alike, embarking on their respective academic journeys at SOM. It was a bittersweet time for most of us as we officially bid adieu to our seemingly routine (and altogether comfortable) professional lives of the past to start our new lives of relative chaos that will undoubtedly prevail over the next two-plus years.

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August 22, 2010

Tomorrow is the first day of classes. As Eddie so nicely captured in his blog post, orientation was a fun, yet action-packed week and a half of getting to know our new classmates and the Yale SOM community. However, for the majority of our class, orientation actually started well before we picked up our student IDs and laptops last Wednesday. Shortly after the Winter Welcome event for admitted students last February, one my classmates (Jacob Ritvo) had the brilliant idea of creating a Google group for Class of 2012 admits.

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August 21, 2010

Last week, my 235 classmates descended onto New Haven for Orientation, the beginning of our journey at SOM. We came from Anchorage and New York City, London and Istanbul, Quito and Nanjing. We were engineers, press secretaries, consultants, publishers, bankers, and more, but we all abandoned gainful employment in order to gain something greater. SOM’s Student and Academic Services (SAS) assembled a terrific program of mixers (incl. a beachside clambake, bowling night, and bar run), helpful information sessions (incl.

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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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