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October 27, 2007

Oh hello again. It seems I've fallen into the habit of allowing multiple weeks to pass by before posting an update, but given the posting frequency of many of my fellow bloggers (i.e. zero posts since my last post in September), I attribute the lack of updates to the simple but undeniable fact - things at school are keeping us all very busy. Things like planning a job trek for the Economic Development Club. Or trying to get speakers to come to a Philanthropy conference happening later in November. Or responding to prospective students over email.

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September 30, 2007

Oh hello readers. So after a faux press release sent to many of my fellow Yale SOM classmates from fellow blogger Paul that I had retired from the blog scene I decided it was time to dust off my blogging accounts and get busy updating. So what have I been up to this past month? The usual. Fun and games with the study group.

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By: Paul Ip
September 29, 2007

It's been a while. I suppose you can say that I've been busy. You can also say that I've been chilling out a lot. It's really a bit of both. I've been busy:

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September 28, 2007

The heat is really on, folks! Seat belt fastened or not, you are going to be tossed about in the centrifuge. The long weeks before seem like a joke now. Sample this:

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September 19, 2007

I never thought when I started business school that I would be spending my summer representing the United Nations in the Middle East. I initially pursued the investment banking route, thinking I'd spend my summer days (and nights) crunching numbers on Wall Street. Instead, I found myself sitting at a Yale SOM luncheon with Georg Kell, Executive Head of the United Nations Global Compact. His lecture focused on Corporate Social Responsibility, and the UN's role of acting as a facilitator for CSR initiatives around the world. After a fascinating chat with Mr.

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September 18, 2007

It was just a few weeks ago when I was thinking, wow!! no office for 5 weeks and a healthy dose of relaxation, broken occassionally by a couple of leisurely readings on how Buffett made all his billions and how Katherine Graham eased into the hot seat of Washington Post. Of course, there was also the "Company" - a tougher read than any book I had ever ventured to read. Even when the reflections on best self came up, it seemed easy enough between the scores of movies, outings and what-have-yous.

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September 13, 2007

I had prepared this write-up for the finance club. Thought of posting it here as well. Day in the life of S&P Summer Associate, Global CDO and Derivatives Group. 8:30 AM - Read WSJ on the way to office. For summer of 2007, might help to be selective in reading stories about CDOs and RMBS. Sometimes you happen to know a little bit more than what is reported in the newspapers. 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM - Fill in the remaining portions of the RAMP (Document summarizing the deal you are working on, typically it’s about 15 pages).

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September 4, 2007

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.

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September 3, 2007

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.

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September 2, 2007

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.

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