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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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June 29, 2009

It’s been four weeks, and already I feel a keens sense of the common enthusiasm that’s been building towards Canada Day, with an inaugural fireworks display over the Vancouver bay – best to be watched by slow boat cruise with friends, of course. This summer holiday holds something special for British Columbia, as the northern province is also marking 8 months until the 2010 Olympics.

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June 25, 2009

Internship is off with a bang, and i couldn't be happier. Although the work is pretty stressful. And the summer has been road-breakingly hot. No, really, roads are breaking because of the heat, the index has hovered around 110 or so for the last two weeks.

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May 18, 2009

so my first year has winded down, and i find myself suddenly in that undefined space between "have to get to my internship at some point" and "well, why not kick it in new haven for a few days and make the most of it, june 1st is pretty far away." i've leaned on the latter for many of the last few days, and have no regrets about it. the reason why?

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May 4, 2009

It was a rainy evening at the Yale Farm, but that didn't discourage the class of 2009 from turning out for fresh oven-baked pizza, Costco wine, and enthusiasm for giving back to SOM. One of the things I have been working on this spring is the Class Gift. With 6 fellow classmates, we have been working hard to figure out the best way to reach out to our class. We are asking them to give back to SOM as all of our careers grow over the next few years. We ask people to pledge a certain amount, given in small portions over the next four years. Nothing is due today.

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