What a crazy week. Not only did I move to New York and start my summer internship a great deal earlier than most of my classmates I also watched several of my good friends graduate over the weekend. Moving my belongings into a friend’s 5th floor walkup proved to be a more challenging task than I anticipated. Phew! I was tired for my first day. [Mental note to self: move more than 1 day prior to starting my full time position!] A 10 or 11 week internship leaves little time to get up to speed on an organization.
So yesterday I returned from a five-day, four-night Carnival cruise to Mexico with 75 of my classmates. It was a blast, and our end-of-the-year activities seem to be getting better and better. Something else that has been great is that I've landed a job! I'm going to be working for a local management consulting firm that mostly has contracts with cities and developers for economic development and neighborhood revitalization projects. It's a fantastic opportunity, and I'm excited to be staying around New Haven for at least a couple more years.
It's been a great year, and it's strange thinking that in a few days I will be leaving New Haven for the summer and I won't be seeing this group of fantastic people again until the fall. Granted, I have a feeling that a few of us from our study group will meet up in Portland over the summer, but there are about 100 other people from SOM that I'll definitely miss. Of course, thanks to Facebook, Friendster, and the like, it'll be a bit easier to stay in touch, but it's been a great year getting to know everyone here. As Gloria said, make the most of your time here.
My last week of SOM... Three more classes, three more projects, two more exams, and then, on Friday, it will be all over. First years and incoming Class of 2009 members, make sure you relish every moment. These will be two of the best years of your life, and they will fly by.
This week was the 2nd to last week of school at SOM and things are still not slowing down. On Tuesday we were fortunate enough to have Gary Loveman, the Chairman, President and CEO of Harrah’s Entertainment, the gaming entity that is being taken private by TPG and the Apollo Group. I may be a little biased since the gaming industry intrigues me, but I thought he was a fantastic speaker and I really enjoyed the thoughts he shared with us on the gaming industry and the public-to-private transition that his company is just completing. Every person that I talked to that attended Dr.
That is the question of the day/week/month. Not so coincidentally, I think that this question is usually asked by those who already have internships, and are more thrilled with each opportunity to share their joy about that being the case. I, on the other hand, have spoken with some other jobless, listless, lost souls who are also less than thrilled to receive this question, or I guess more accurately, are less than thrilled to answer this question. They, too, have found themselves subjected to this new method of torture.
Though it's the last month of school and summer is rapidly approaching, life at SOM remains busy. Like many other bloggers, my experience of the weeks of April have seen lots of headline events coming and going - from the successful internship fund auction a few weeks ago (more to come on that in this entry), to SOM Star Search (a very cool show that really showcased the hidden talents amongst the SOM community), to a fantastic welcome weekend for the class of 2009, to the Garstka cup (annual first year versus second year hockey game), to random pub crawls and other such parties.
Well the lack of blog entries on my part has been due to the fact that I managed to blow up not one, but TWO computers that I own last Monday. I think that takes some sort of talent, which I don't think employers would necessarily hire me for. I started with my laptop (which has since been fixed), then I moved onto my desktop, which unfortunately appears to be toast. I was waiting for that to happen so it looks like I'll be in the market for a new Dell. Last week I also found out the results for the Student Government elections that were completed the preceding week.
No two weekends are ever the same at SOM. Here's nine things that come to mind about the past weekend... 1. Weather broke 70 degrees. I believe we even made it to 75. This is truly something to celebrate when you're in the Northeast and it's not even May, yet. 2. Got to read a book for class that has been on my own list of "things to read" (Blink by M. Gladwell). It's not very often that you get to cross things off your personal to-do list simply by completing homework assignments. 3.
Yesterday was one of the most exciting days during my time here at Yale. As part of Professor Jeffrey Garten's "Leading a Global Company" class, we took a field trip to New York City to meet with Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman & CEO of Goldman Sachs, and John Thain, CEO of the New York Stock Exchange. Leading a Global Company is one of the best classes I've taken at Yale and is (to my knowledge) the only class of its kind at a major business school. In addition to Mr. Blankfein and Mr.