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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A couple of weeks ago I received an email from the SOM Latino Leadership Association saying that the former President of Colombia, Mr. Alvaro Uribe, was going to visit the School of Management and that the club would be hosting a lunch with him. They wanted to know if I would be interested in attending the event… Are you serious? Having lunch with President Uribe?? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Count me in!