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September 14, 2010

About this time a year ago, I was searching for something. Once or twice a week after work, instead of my usual mental unwinding, I went out on the hunt for the right MBA program. I looked at schools near and far, and far and wide, but at each event I often heard both alumni and faculty sing a similar tune. “We’re looking for the right fit.” Fit? I had spent my entire pre- (and post!) pubescence battling this premise. In high school when everyone else wore sneakers, I wore fluorescent pink chuck taylors.

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September 12, 2010

I’ve just returned home from our first Student Government meeting of the new school year and am excited about all of the initiatives we have boiling. Though a lot of work was done over the summer by this hard-working group of officers to set the groundwork for a great 2010-2011, as of tonight we’re all back in action and ramping up our plans once again.

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September 10, 2010

One of the many qualities that sets SOM apart is its small size compared to many of its peer institutions. The current MBA student body includes an average of about 225 students per class. As a result, there's a genuine feeling of community on campus. But it's important to remember that we're also members of the larger Yale community. So while our focus is on our time here on the SOM campus, we also have access to everything the University has to offer.

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September 5, 2010

It's hard to believe two full weeks of classes have already gone by; they seemed to go by quite literally in the blink of an eye. Amazingly enough, I feel busier now attending classes 3 - 4 hours per day than when I was working 40 + hours per week. From what I can tell, our class is taking as much advantage as possible of what SOM, Yale University, and New Haven at large, have to offer, particularly with regard to our favorite non-academic activities (GPSCY, anyone?). Carpe noctem, 2012, carpe noctem.

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September 4, 2010

New York --> New Haven; New address #16 --> New address #17; New school year; New classes at New schools and 234 New classmates to get to know. Lots of ‘New’. My summer was excellent - after 27 years of looking at New York City with wide eyes from afar and wondering what life would be like living there (trust me, it’s a long way from the little British Army base that I called home for 18 years), my internship gave me the opportunity to experience it first-hand.

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August 26, 2010

As we’ve gone through orientation and our first week of classes, I’ve noticed how we’re being introduced to the values that define Yale SOM – in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. On our first day of classes, we opened that morning’s Wall Street Journal to see an article written by three of our professors, Rodrigo Canales, B. Cade Massey, and Amy Wrzesniewski titled, Promises Aren’t Enough: Business Schools Need to Do a Better Job Teaching Students Values.

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May 5, 2010

The Oath Project (www.oathproject.org) has strong ties to SOM. The Aspen Institute, whose Business and Society initiative is run by an SOM alumna, is an Oath Project partner. SOM annually has the largest contingent of students at the Net Impact conference, and Net Impact is another partner. So both organizations have looked to SOM to become an affiliate of the Oath Project, and to promote the Business Oath. But at least for now, we won’t.The Business Oath is an effort to professionalize business.

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March 26, 2010

"It’s a huge, huge deal”. This was the response from the Director of Current Programming at ABC Entertainment in Los Angeles – a Yale SOM alum – in response to a question regarding the weight of the Yale brand and how it has helped him achieve the level of success that he has attained. The truth of this is something that I’m realising more and more the longer I’m here. My first Spring Break in the US was a great one. Beginning with a trip to LA organised by the Media & Entertainment Club, a group of us traded in the snow of New England for the Californian sunshine.

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January 28, 2010

So us first years are now more than a quarter of the way through the MBA programme already and the second years have less than a quarter left. It’s no less true for being a cliché – time flies. The first semester was nothing if not a little on the busy side* – a flurry of cases, problem sets and, for many of us, a great deal of new material.

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January 7, 2010

Artfully maneuvering among interviews of banking officials and culprits of credit card debt, The Wizards of Consumer Lending, a PBS documentary, shows some of the most subtle - and not so subtle - tricks that have earned the credit industry billions over the past half-century, at the expense of the consumer. And Shailesh Mehta, former CEO of the ill-reputed Providian, talks about the "credit protection" services Providian offered to compete in the industry.

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