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August 31, 2008

So amidst the organized chaos that is Orientation, I found myself sitting in the Hall of Mirrors the afternoon of Wednesday, August 20th, making the best use of some free time by uploading Microsoft Office onto my laptop and organizing my habitually cluttered desktop icons. A few friends walked by at one point and stopped to talk. It went like this. Shapiro: Guillermo, aren't you supposed to be somewhere right now? G-Mo: No, I've got a free afternoon, I went to the IT session earlier so I'm just hanging out until I meet with my learning group.

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August 31, 2008

Hello! This is my first blog post EVER. I am pretty excited about it. Anyways, I woke up this morning thinking about how incredibly supportive my classmates are. We met a couple of weeks ago but it already feels like we are old friends. Coming from a non-profit arts background, I was nervous about the competitive business school environment. Obviously, visiting Yale I was struck with how different the culture is, which is why I applied. I promise it's not just a marketing ploy! It's truly a unique place. Everyone is extremely driven and accomplished, but very low key.

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August 30, 2008

(Mark Lombardi: chicago outfit and satellite regimes, c.1981-83, 1998)

Amazingly, we’ve made it through a full week of classes. Somehow. There are a number of things that stand out in my mind as exceptional. However, there is one particular event that has been on my mind quite a bit in the last few days: the petrodollar recycling exercise in Professor Bracken’s Problem Framing class.

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August 30, 2008

...and away we go! It's hard to believe the first week has come and gone but there is no question that life both at SOM and here in the 'Have in general is in full swing! Our first week was definitely packed. We started with some basics of elasticity, fundamentals of debits and credits, and the probability of Mr.

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August 29, 2008

In my most recent post last week, I announced that the 2008-2009 SOM online application was now live. After the application went live, an unexpected server issue resulted in some people having difficulty accessing the application over the past few days. Our IT department has worked to address this issue, and I am pleased to say that the application is back to performing as expected. To anyone who encountered difficulty accessing the application these past few days, I want to offer my apologies.

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August 26, 2008

I just finished a 12 week stint as an intern at a credit card company, in the midst of a never-ending credit crisis. The only things I was above in the food chain this summer were used car salesmen, and probably your mortgage broker. Despite what sounds like pretty glum circumstances – I have to say, this summer has been quite a learning experience.

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August 25, 2008

Every once in a while, no matter how far away something seems, it eventually shows up at your doorstep, rings the bell, and invites itself in for a drink and some leftovers. In an odd way, this has been my experience thus far in the first few weeks here at SOM. No matter how distant an idea business school has seemed, it has made a rapid transition through sudden inevitability into even more sudden reality.

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August 19, 2008

Greetings from Cape Cod! After what has been an unusually busy summer here in the admissions office, my family and I are taking a week to relax in Chatham on the Cape before the fall admissions season kicks off in earnest. In between the sun and surf, however, I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that the 2008-2009 SOM online application went live last Friday. Those of you who read my previous post have already seen and had a chance to start working on this year's essay questions, but you can now access and fill out the entire application online.

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July 18, 2008

Hi from the admissions office! It's been quite a while since I last posted -- I'm hoping to correct that this year by posting much more frequently. This summer has been very busy so far -- I've been on the road at conferences much of the time, including down in Dallas for the Consortium Orientation Program representing SOM as the newest member of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management; in Chicago

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July 15, 2008

One of the joys about being back in grad school is the two-year respite, minus the summer internship, we MBAs get from the rat race. Granted, the rigor of the SOM program isn’t always a picnic in the park with Podolny, but the constant intellectual stimulation and flood of extracurricular activities make life a little bit more engaging. No day feels like the one before—there’s something new to learn or do or drink each day.

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