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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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July 8, 2008

Interning with an HR consultancy this summer, I have been inundated with articles, white papers and presentations trumpeting the rise of the “Millenial" in today’s workforce. No, we (yes, I’m a Millenial) are not some offshoot of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. In the U.S., Millenials are teens and twenty-somes who have been shaped by the dynamic forces of reality over the past two to three decades: the digital revolution, the rise of India and China, 9/11, global warming, AIDS, Enron, Iraq, globalization and an overall decline of the U.S. stature in the worldview.

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July 4, 2008

It has been almost two months since I left SOM for the summer. I spent the first month+ being lazy in Bulgaria – sleeping late, traveling, partying, good stuff. I was probably one of the last few of my class to start an internship – just last week. I will spend the summer in London and since I came here it has been 90% sunny days, contrary to expectations.

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June 5, 2008

Please describe your short and long term goals and how your previous experience and an MBA will help you to achieve these goals. (500 words maximum.) In 2004, sixty-five percent of Yale MBA graduates accepted full-time offers in finance, manufacturing, or consulting. Seven percent accepted jobs in a category labeled "non-profit/public".

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By: Paul Ip
May 27, 2008

I'm here in my apartment sorting through all the stuff that has accumulated over the two years I've been here. The worst part of this exercise is going through the "pile" of random things that invariably grows. Right now I'm sorting through that pile, and I'm finding some interesting things. The most interesting curiousities are in the Welcome Weekend stuff that I still have for some reason. Yup... Welcome Weekend 2006, where this journey began.

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May 25, 2008

Tomorrow I officially graduate from the Yale School of Management, armed with an MBA and about to be re-launched into the real world. I'm sad, in denial, anxious, and in utter disbelief that this occasion has come so quickly. Today was Yale College's "Class Day", continuing a Yale tradition where a major speaker addresses the graduating class the day before commencement.

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May 14, 2008

I think I've learned something after all the pain and sweat of this first year. Well, I was pretty sure that was the case. But of all things, my airport shuttle ride right after finals made it official.

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May 12, 2008

Final Strategic Across Sectors Exam (Felt like an HR case, 9 pages, 2.5 hours... DONE)

Final Behavioral Perspectives on Management Paper (8 pages, wrote about the H1-B immigration policy and how flawed it is... DONE)

Final Managing Organizational Politics paper (10 pages, wrote about the American Red Cross, tried to give recommendations to the new CEO, feel like the situation is pretty hopeless though... DONE)

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By: Paul Ip
May 5, 2008

I just realized this morning that things are about over. After turning in two papers today, I'll only have one paper, one exam, and one class left. Not only that, but thinking about groceries, I counted the days that I'll be in New Haven before graduation weekend: five.

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