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January 14, 2008

I can't believe that my time at SOM is almost up. I knew that the time would pass quickly, but it flew even faster than I imagined. My last semester is about to begin, and I am really excited about my classes. Here is a list of the courses that I'm taking:

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January 3, 2008

The best part of a trip begins as soon as the first unexpected thing happens. For me, the fun began when the SkyEurope airline pilot came over the speakerphone and said he was diverting our flight into Bucharest's airport because of “weather reasons.” I was stunnned at the pilot’s ability (gall!) to land in the massive snowstorm. Visibility was less than 100 feet. The runway lights were covered under a foot-high blanket of snow. It took an hour to find a parking spot for our 737 and to get ladder trucks and buses to our location.

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December 30, 2007

It's morning in Brooklyn, and I am keeping my boyfriend's cocker spaniel company while working on my second cup of coffee. Only a few days left in the old year. It amazes me how removed I feel from the lady who started SOM only four months ago. It feels like two years have passed.

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December 21, 2007

I am feeling groovy.

It shouldn't be a surprise. We finished our last exam yesterday and today I find myself in my adopted hometown of New Orleans. Tonight, I will be celebrating the holiday season with old college buddies.

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By: Paul Ip
December 10, 2007

It's 1:17am and I'm in the dungeon. Why am I here? I got here at 7:30pm, had dinner with friends shortly thereafter, killed about three hours talking, played Scrabulous on facebook, and had a deep philosophical discussion about racism and religion (as separate topics). And no... none of that had ANYTHING to do with class. But now that I've gotten that out of my system, I think I'll go ahead and redo my chunk of this Pricing Strategy assignment.

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December 5, 2007

I meant to write sooner, but next year you will understand why I did not. :))) In the meantime, I attended 20+ investment banking presentations, survived one set of exams, played in a football MBA tournament that Yale hosts each year, made a healthy return (16%) in a simulated stock market game for all first-year students, visited London and went to parties from time to time. Banks have been coming to campus and we have been going to New York to meet them.

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December 5, 2007

In less than a month I am traveling to India. It is very exciting. Many of us going have never been to India (including me).

Last Sunday, our India trip met for a marathon meeting, and as reward, our professor invited us to his home for an Indian dinner. In our meeting, we each presented a topic on India to educate each other (such as private equity, infrastructure, India-US relations, and retail). The meeting was long. But, a picture of India has begun to take shape in my mind.

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By: Paul Ip
December 4, 2007

Congratulations and thank you to Deep, who was gracious enough to bring in two sheet cakes to share with us in celebration of his McKinsey offer. That makes 5 McKinsey offers so far. Not bad for a class of 207! I'm a fan of job offer celebrations. Keep them coming!

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November 5, 2007

Alas, soon I shall be re-entering the “real” world. While it will be nice to move toward becoming solvent again, but I will definitely miss this rarified atmosphere. I have been enjoying my courses even more this year. I decided to immerse myself in finance, and I have been loving it. Now if only I can find some means by which to turn that love into a series of bullet points on my resume...

It is hard to believe that my time here is almost ¾’s over.

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By: Paul Ip
November 1, 2007

It's been a while since my last post. You could say that even if you do have your job situation figured out there are still plenty of ways to keep yourself busy here at SOM. Surprisingly, most of my time is probably spent working on things that aren't directly related to class - a sharp contrast to last year when we spent almost all our time on coursework and attending corporate presentations. So what's been keeping me busy? Everything else.

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