What a change a few weeks make. Life in DC and my internship at the United Way are a distant memory, replaced with a bunch of new faces at SOM (hi class of 2009!), a lot of a familiar and friendly faces from the class of 2008, and a whole lot of optimism for the upcoming school year. Indeed, I'm back in New Haven and ready for my 2nd and final year at Yale SOM.
Well, I am finally here... After a year-long preparation, application process, talking to students at different schools and hunting for MBA blogs, today I have the opportunity to finally sit at the other end of the table and tell you what it is like to be at Yale SOM. In short: it is not easy, but it is enjoyable! Orientation for my Class of 2009 started on 16 August - quite early it seems, but there was a reason why - activities followed one after the other in a hectic schedule leaving us with no time to waste.
The second half of August was an incredibly busy time here at SOM. On August 22, a team of four rising second-years defeated a team from the University of Texas to win the inaugural CNBC Fast Money MBA Challenge. SOM defeated Tuck and UCLA-Anderson to reach the finals; the other schools in the competition were from Chicago, MIT, NYU, and Columbia. The winning SOM team celebrated by ringing the closing NASDAQ bell. The next day, Dean Podolny rang the opening NYSE bell to kick off the first-year class's day in New York, which was part of their orientation.
It's that time again...a new school year, a new class of SOM students wandering around campus, and for me, a new beginning. In May I transitioned from being a Yale MBA student to being a Yale MBA alumnus, and I'm now in the process of transitioning from a Yale MBA alumnus to a Yale student again (this time in the Financial Economics Ph.D. program). Despite the title of my post, my transition from MBA student to Ph.D. student has been much more difficult than I had initially anticipated.
I'm leaving on a jetplane... My summer with United Way International is done. Almost. Perhaps the best part is just about to begin. They are sending me to Seoul, South Korea to attend the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, and I fly out tomorrow! I am excited for both personal and professional reasons! But what did I do for the rest of the summer? I need to figure out how to say what I did in just a few sentences! I know that when we all return to New Haven, everyone will be asking "How was your summer? What did you do?" So. Here's what I did in a nutshell.
Hard to believe, but the summer is winding down. People are finishing up their internships, complete with the harsh reminders such as the permanent OOO auto-response that I got from Patrick's United Way e-mail at 4pm (7pm his time). So how has the rest of the summer been? Well, today I delivered a 30 minute presentation to a number of the Group Program Managers as well as our VP. It was part of a larger two-day thing where we all go over what our competitors are doing in preparation for planning the next big release. Short version was that it was a debacle.
Holy smokes. In the blink of an eye, its been a month since my last update and my internship at the United Way is coming to an end. Since my last entry a ton has happened. First - the job stuff. My internship with the United Way has been a fantastic experience. I've learned a great deal and the summer has confirmed to me that I definitely have a place in the nonprofit world. Though my internship is over this Friday, today was really the culmination of my summer's work. I had the opportunity to present to the Senior Leadership team of the United Way...
Now that summer has hit its midpoint, potential applicants are beginning to turn their attention to the upcoming admissions season. Here in the admissions office, we have been working hard to prepare for the new year, and hope to bring our online application live within the next week or so. In the meantime, I wanted to highlight some of the changes to our application process and requirements. First, for applicants for whom English was not the primary language of instruction at their undergraduate or graduate institution, we will accept the IELTS test this year in addition to the TOEFL.
I've been having a great summer. My internship is going well; I've been working on several really interesting projects. The first involved looking at 30 different projects to find commonalities in the challenges that arose, and making some recommendations for dealing with those process issues in the future. One of the best things about the project is that it actually will be used in a way that has significant impact on the company.
It's been an exciting few weeks here in New Haven -- Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford were in town to shoot part of the next "Indiana Jones" movie. The heart of downtown was turned into 1957 Bedford, Connecticut for the shoot, and movie equipment, production crews, and extras in period costumes dominated the town. Some SOM people even got into the act!