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By: Bin Cai
December 20, 2012

Libraries are one of the most important parts of a university, and for me they are absolutely the soul of a university. There are more than 30 libraries at Yale, and each library tells its own unique story. One of my favorite parts of being in the MAM program is that as a member of the SOM community you are also a member of the Yale University community. As someone who loves libraries having all of Yale's libraries to explore has been wonderful aspect of my experience. As this semester has come to an end I think this is the time to introduce three of my favorite libraries: Sterling Memorial Library, Center for Science and Social Science Information and Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

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By: Ada Wan
December 12, 2012

As recently as even three years ago, if you had asked me whether I was considering business school, I would have (at best) shuddered or (at worst) simply laughed in your face. The idea—at least, as conceived in my mind—of politicking my way up the corporate ladder while trussed up in a bland-colored suit with a serious air of inflated self-importance appealed to me about as much as, say, eating cardboard for the rest of my life.

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December 4, 2012

Tony Blair and Ernesto Zedillo gave a talk on campus yesterday, and I had the privilege of attending. This is one of the best things about studying at Yale: frequent lectures and seminars with world leaders.

We've had a few world leaders on campus this semester:

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November 22, 2012

Happy early Thanksgiving, everyone! I wish you all the best over the holiday, and hope that it is restorative, happy, and delicious.

Since we have no class this week, and I am on a plane to visit my family in San Jose, I figured I’d take some time to update you on some of the goings-on at SOM over the last few weeks. And although we’ve had a pretty academically intensive period, I’m going to focus on the fun stuff.

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November 20, 2012

Balancing it all – the acrobatics of business school are quite delicate. I often equate Yale SOM to a start-up business of sorts. Similar to a start-up, Yale SOM provides boundless opportunities to make great impact. Given SOM’s relatively newer legacy with its ivy peers, SOM has few institutional barriers that lend itself to flexibility and change at all levels from administration to academics to extracurricular activities.

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November 20, 2012

SOM prides itself on its integrated curriculum, which also bleeds over to clubs and other activities around Yale. After starting our Fall-2 core classes, our first foray into the SOM’s integrated curriculum, I have been incredibly impressed by how concepts have blended together, to the extent that it is almost hard to tell which class is which given the overlap in cases and coursework - all presented from differing perspectives (customer, competitor, investor, CFO, etc.). This overlap also overflows to SOM’s clubs and extracurricular activities.

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November 14, 2012

One does not simply ignore the importance of sports in our social lives. This argument becomes clear to me when it comes down to understanding American culture, which is supported by the world's greatest sport events, athletes and rivalries. As a group of international Master of Advanced Management students, we had the opportunity to join a tailgate party before the Yale Bulldogs - Princeton Tigers football game and take a closer look into this phenomenon by watching the game.

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November 13, 2012

The Yale School of Management is clearly a place to study business: the school's mission is to train leaders for business and society. But I would argue that Yale Law School--better known as a hotbed of constitutional theory--is also a first-rate place to prepare for a career in business.

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By: Ada Wan
November 10, 2012

Allow me to let you in on a little secret about business school that no one ever tells you: Business school is challenging. And yes, I would even dare use that taboo term that is anathema to my cohort of high-achieving peers—I will be the first person (perhaps in history) to admit that business school can be hard.

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November 10, 2012

Today is Veterans Day. In my class at SOM we have current and former Army officers, a Navy submarine officer and a Navy intel officer, at least one Air Force officer, and an Israeli F-16 pilot. These are some of the most impressive men and women in my class. 

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