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October 4, 2009

Mary Oliver's poem "Summer Day" begins and ends with a series of open-ended questions. As the chill in the air and the falling leaves remind us that summer is decidedly past, I can't help but return to the last of these questions, which resonates particularly with me. "Tell me," Oliver says in the closing lines of her poem.

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September 27, 2009

I came to business school with a very specific end goal in mind, namely a return to the media & entertainment sector. Throughout the application process I was told by various people that, if I was serious about this, I needed to go to school in either New York or LA. These cities are the main hives of sector activity and proximity to them could certainly be an asset. However, after sounding out more or less anyone who would give me the time of day throughout the post-application phase, I decided against both.

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September 23, 2009

So I'm a second year. Hoo. Ray. I'm taking 4 classes, which is a lot less than 6, and that's good. Over the summer looking forward to my academics, I was excited to have a more reasonable schedule than my Spring last year, just cruise, maybe get a job or something, and run clubs. But I forgot about something in that process. I forgot about the shadow core (see below.)

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September 22, 2009

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the implications of my admission to one of the best schools in the world. Maybe the Core has squeezed all the numbers-juice out of my brain, and the Problem Framing / Careers duopoly is not sufficient to stimulate my softer side. Maybe I'm still humbled by a recent trip to an event hosted at HBS, where the Yale brand commanded mad respect. Or maybe I've taken to heart recent calls to action we've received from our staff and classmates.

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September 18, 2009

In my opinion, there are numbers people and there are words people. Numbers people do Sudoku puzzles in their spare time; they play with the different functions on their calculators; they've memorized the calculation of Pi up to 10 decimal places and they compute 18% of their dinner check divided by the number of heads at the table without missing a step. These are the people that can add, divide and multiply numbers in the 5 second window after a cold call before the silence gets awkward.

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September 11, 2009

After just a week and a half of classes, one of my classmates was convinced that we were into our third week already. I felt similarly: it’s been an incredibly busy time so far and it got me thinking. Life tends to pick up speed as you get older. Why? Well, in my humble - based strictly on no theory whatsoever - opinion, it’s to do with a decreasing exposure to new ideas and experiences. As you grow up, you tend to settle into some sort of routine and life picks up speed.

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September 11, 2009

Though it was strongly implied last week in our Spreadsheet Modeling class that all that happens at a SOM Faculty Meeting is a rousing session of “Rock Band,” turns out it’s a bit more productive. In fact, it’s all about integration. Let me explain. When I first heard that SOM had developed an “integrated curriculum,” I admit I suspected a marketing infraction of the highest order. After all, in my former career “integrated” was right up there with “holistic,” “cross-channel,” and “interwoven” as a business cliche that would win any game of Buzzword Bingo.

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September 8, 2009

The first song on Spoon’s third album Girls Can Tell is “Everything Hits At Once.” I can’t think of a better theme song for my first two weeks at SOM. Universally, I had heard SOMers describe the core curriculum as intense, frenetic and generally overwhelming. Some even spoke of it with the reverence and awe usually reserved for harrowing accounts of planes crashes and natural disasters. Again and again I’ve been reminded that I would literally have no time come fall. I had remained incredulous though.

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September 7, 2009

We were so excited to meet the class of 2011 that we had BBQs connecting the cohorts (the new Gold Cohort got to hang with the Green 2010 and 2011). What a fantastic new group of people to get to know! The first years are totally under water with problem sets and exams, which we all understand well. It's all new issues as second years: if you can take classes anywhere at Yale University how do you possibly choose? What do you take to be practical and what for fun? what's BOTH??? Where do we want to work? Did we enjoy our internships? Would we want to do them in the long term?

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August 30, 2009

Accross the street from my office in Vancouver lies the oldest motorcycle dealership in Canada, Trev Deeley motorcycles. Unable to fight another impulse not to look at the beckoning showroom, I stopped by one day last week. There is an attached museum at the shop, which for the past six months has brought over 250 classic bikes together for an exhibition on the history of the Bristish motorcycle industry (including T.E Lawrence's - of Arabia - 1928 Brough Superior).

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