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February 26, 2009

One of the things I love about SOM is the constant flow of really interesting people who come to school to speak to students, participate in classes and conferences, and generally contribute to the ongoing discourse here on campus. These past few weeks especially, it seems as though there has been a lot of activity at SOM in terms of visitors and speakers.Starting with the Education Leadership Conference, which took place a few Fridays ago and featured Joel Klein, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, we've had a number of great guests here at SOM.

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February 26, 2009

"It's cold... but Spring is not far behind." I overheard a woman say this at the Yale Health Center; it sounded so hopeful compared to my usual drip about the weather. I looked up some pictures from last Spring, to remind myself that the weather will, yes, get warmer. I took these last Spring, on my walk home from school--just as the buds were cracking open the barren branches.

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February 8, 2009

All I have to say is that my class is full of rockstars! For those who don't know, the Internship Fund raises money to help provide salaries for students going into nonprofit/public sector internships. This is one of the central components of the SOM community. SOM was the first school to have a program like this in 1979. This being the 30th anniversary, we had to have a really good time.

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February 8, 2009

We have had a spat of warm days. Breaking 40F, don't get too excited--nevertheless, it has reminded me that, unbelievably, Spring will come eventually.

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January 29, 2009

As I write this post, we are digging out from yet another winter snow storm. There has been an unusually high amount of snow this year here in New England -- which I actually like because it's quite beautiful (despite the difficulty getting around).{C} Along with the snow has come an uptick in activity here on campus -- spring semester classes started back up Tuesday. It's been great to see the students back on campus and to hear the first-years tell stories from their International Experience trips to the UAE, Costa Rica, Turkey, China, and elsewhere.

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January 28, 2009

We have returned to school. Still-tanned faces grimace under hats in the snow (then freezing rain). I returned to my credit card bill from the holidays and Argentina, and had a near panic attack when I reconciled it against my income-less bank account.This is paired with my stock portfolio which--while already embarrassing in its selection--in a bear market makes liquidation fairly useless.So I have resolved to be hyper economical. Here is my list:1. Blog twice in January, which rewards me a $5 gift card good at Food For Thought. Done.2.

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January 6, 2009

It was four months of non-stop classes, TA-ing, gymming, walking to school, cajoling a ride home from school, setting up group meetings, meeting in groups, working in groups (different), managing groups, frittering away 15 precious minutes gossiping in the Hall of Mirrors, last minute projects and, always always, trying to do the reading.And since mid-December, I have been blissfully idle.As a second year, I have nearly five weeks of vacation from the holidays until the end of January. (The first years begin their Internaional Experience next week).

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January 2, 2009

Classes ended on the 19th and students have left for winter break, but things have remained busy here at SOM over the holidays. First, leading up to the break, the school hosted the 58th annual Yale CEO Summit in New York. Organized by Senior Associate Dean Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, the CEO Summit is an opportunity for chief executives of top organizations to have candid, off-the-record conversations about the challenges facing contemporary business.

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December 19, 2008

Like the rest of my classmates I'm amazed at the fact we're a quarter of the way done with our MBA experience...Driving through the rain and snow storms today from New Haven to Pittsburgh, I found myself unintentionally recapping my classes with my boyfriend as we debated the current events and competitive landscape of the “Big Three”…It was as though he’d seen my final exam for competitor.

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December 19, 2008

What a cap to an amazing semester. It was only once we all finished our last exam of fall finals (Sourcing and Managing Funds...oof) and had a cathartic string of holiday parties that beautiful white snow blanketed the city of New Haven. I spent the afternoon today making the best of my decision to wait another day before braving I-95, and went sledding with three other first years at a hill we found at the Divinity School. For the first time since orientation, we were all having fun together without a case to worry about the next Monday.

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