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August 25, 2009

A quick survey of my classmates Facebook statuses (stati? stata?) reveal that we are all pretty much a) working on our reading for assorted classes or b) ruing the end of orientation and the beginning or "real school" or c) both Orientation was very much a whirlwind that has been summarized better by fellow bloggers who are much more eloquent than I am so I will leave that be...although I will add that the reception we had by the faculty in Woolsey Hall was pretty amazing.

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August 23, 2009

A whirlwind week of Orientation has come to a close and it defies exposition. A true immersion in the SOM culture and community, we’ve emerged on the other side with new friends, new knowledge, and new experiences—and perhaps shed some of the inhibitions, anxiety, and preconceptions that we brought to New Haven.

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August 21, 2009

As we finished the Orientation, it is incredible how well the entire schedule was organized. Kudos and thanks to entire SOM staff for this. And what a way to finish this. The 20th of August simply talked about the powerful Yale brand and how we have to live up to its expectations. We started the day yesterday with a reception at the Yale Club. Christopher S. Granger'99 spoke about his experiences and how SOM had shaped his life. It was wonderful to listen to him while he gave us pointers on how to carve a successful MBA for ourselves.

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August 20, 2009

The Class of 2011 recently arrived on campus for the start of orientation. It's always exciting to see a class come together at the start of a new school year, and this year is no different. We have a fantastic group of students joining the program -- not only are they impressive in terms of their statistics, but they have accomplished some incredible things in their time prior to Yale -- and they really seem to be enjoying getting to know each other and becoming a class.

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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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