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August 29, 2008

In my most recent post last week, I announced that the 2008-2009 SOM online application was now live. After the application went live, an unexpected server issue resulted in some people having difficulty accessing the application over the past few days. Our IT department has worked to address this issue, and I am pleased to say that the application is back to performing as expected. To anyone who encountered difficulty accessing the application these past few days, I want to offer my apologies.

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August 26, 2008

I just finished a 12 week stint as an intern at a credit card company, in the midst of a never-ending credit crisis. The only things I was above in the food chain this summer were used car salesmen, and probably your mortgage broker. Despite what sounds like pretty glum circumstances – I have to say, this summer has been quite a learning experience.

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August 25, 2008

Every once in a while, no matter how far away something seems, it eventually shows up at your doorstep, rings the bell, and invites itself in for a drink and some leftovers. In an odd way, this has been my experience thus far in the first few weeks here at SOM. No matter how distant an idea business school has seemed, it has made a rapid transition through sudden inevitability into even more sudden reality.

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August 19, 2008

Greetings from Cape Cod! After what has been an unusually busy summer here in the admissions office, my family and I are taking a week to relax in Chatham on the Cape before the fall admissions season kicks off in earnest. In between the sun and surf, however, I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that the 2008-2009 SOM online application went live last Friday. Those of you who read my previous post have already seen and had a chance to start working on this year's essay questions, but you can now access and fill out the entire application online.

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July 18, 2008

Hi from the admissions office! It's been quite a while since I last posted -- I'm hoping to correct that this year by posting much more frequently. This summer has been very busy so far -- I've been on the road at conferences much of the time, including down in Dallas for the Consortium Orientation Program representing SOM as the newest member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management; in Chicago

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July 15, 2008

One of the joys about being back in grad school is the two-year respite, minus the summer internship, we MBAs get from the rat race. Granted, the rigor of the SOM program isn’t always a picnic in the park with Podolny, but the constant intellectual stimulation and flood of extracurricular activities make life a little bit more engaging. No day feels like the one before—there’s something new to learn or do or drink each day.

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July 8, 2008

Interning with an HR consultancy this summer, I have been inundated with articles, white papers and presentations trumpeting the rise of the “Millenial" in today’s workforce. No, we (yes, I’m a Millenial) are not some offshoot of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. In the U.S., Millenials are teens and twenty-somes who have been shaped by the dynamic forces of reality over the past two to three decades: the digital revolution, the rise of India and China, 9/11, global warming, AIDS, Enron, Iraq, globalization and an overall decline of the U.S. stature in the worldview.

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July 4, 2008

It has been almost two months since I left SOM for the summer. I spent the first month+ being lazy in Bulgaria – sleeping late, traveling, partying, good stuff. I was probably one of the last few of my class to start an internship – just last week. I will spend the summer in London and since I came here it has been 90% sunny days, contrary to expectations.

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June 5, 2008

Please describe your short and long term goals and how your previous experience and an MBA will help you to achieve these goals. (500 words maximum.) In 2004, sixty-five percent of Yale MBA graduates accepted full-time offers in finance, manufacturing, or consulting. Seven percent accepted jobs in a category labeled "non-profit/public".

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By: Paul Ip
May 27, 2008

I'm here in my apartment sorting through all the stuff that has accumulated over the two years I've been here. The worst part of this exercise is going through the "pile" of random things that invariably grows. Right now I'm sorting through that pile, and I'm finding some interesting things. The most interesting curiousities are in the Welcome Weekend stuff that I still have for some reason. Yup... Welcome Weekend 2006, where this journey began.

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