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August 19, 2009

A week into Orientation, the concept of ‘community’ referred to in my previous post has become more tangible as I had hoped it would. I think the past week has given us all a better understanding of what community means here and why it is so valued.

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August 16, 2009

Well, kids it's official. After two scintillating days of Math Camp (seriously though, for non-quants like me, it was an essential refresher and confidence-boost) and three-days of free lunches, fumbling name tags, and ice-breaker bonding exercises, we are smack in the middle of the whirlwind that is SOM Orientation.

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August 14, 2009

The entire class of 2011 just finished the Audubon Street Project and if everyone’s like me, we need a nap. Imagine “The Apprentice” (Season 1, when it was still good and Donald Trump hadn’t completely morphed into a caricature of himself) meets “Location, Location, Location” with a cast of eager type-A first-year MBA students.

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August 13, 2009

Like many of my classmates, I have just finished up my internship and am taking a couple weeks off before returning to New Haven. As I step away from my internship, which was incredibly intense and unbelievably fun, I am thinking more and more about what the experience was. The overall theme that my friends all share-- from Deloitte to The White House to Pepsi to Public Radio-- is that we all realized how much we had really learned and internalized in our first year.

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August 12, 2009

The official portion of Orientation Day 1 is over and I’m writing my first post to the Yale SOM Community Blog (as a first-time blogger I suspect I am going to write a lot of things like “I’m writing a post” even when it’s obvious I’m writing a post—sorry—hopefully this will become less self-indulgent over time). I’m struck by the fact that this is called the “Community Blog” as community is a word I heard a lot before arriving at SOM and over the past few days. It’s both true, and something that has to be experienced to be fully understood.

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August 11, 2009

Unlike nearly all of the other incoming students at SOM, I’ve been here in New Haven for nearly two months now. Shortly after submitting the final grades at the high school in Monterey where I taught English, I packed up my life and flew across the country to begin my internship at the Center for Business and Environment at Yale (CBEY).

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August 10, 2009

...and more trips to a certain Scandinavian furniture store than I care to remember. I only finished work one week before moving to the US, and it’s all been something of a blur since then. In addition to getting my head around the imminent lifestyle shift from the workplace back to the classroom, I’ve had to spend much of May, June and July making arrangements for my visa, shipments and numerous other bits and bobs that go hand in hand with international relocation.

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August 3, 2009

Well I have reached week 12 of my summer internship and am beginning to wrap up projects while continuing to network like mad and beginning to contemplate what Fall recruiting will like for myself and my fellow classmates. But with the end of my internship marks a fun adventure for the duration of my summer as I will be traveling to India, along with some of my classmates, to essentially begin school early.

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July 31, 2009

I am still surprised that business school is actually about to start in a little less than 2 weeks. I think right now is a feeling that (depending on the hour) is a mixture of excitement, anticipation and I would be lying if I didnt say trepidation. The last few weeks/months have been a flurry of activity - wrapping up jobs, finding apartments in New Haven, and sorting out all the other associated paperwork that goes with a major life change.

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July 1, 2009

Despite the common assumption that summers are quiet in academia, June came and went with a flurry of activity here in admissions. The month included lots of outreach and events, starting on the 1st with our first Consortium Orientation Program in Charlotte and ending just last Friday when SOM concluded its inaugural two-week Pre-MBA Leadership Program here on campus (the purpose of which is to expose college students and early professionals who are committed to diversity and inclusion to the possibilities of an MBA education).

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