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By: Paul Ip
February 23, 2008

A good friend of mine from college has recently moved to the greater New Haven area, so we've been able to hang out regularly for the first time since undergrad. In doing so, I've become a bit more conscious of how easy it is to run into fellow SOM students while hanging out at the usual haunts in New Haven. For example, tonight when all we did was go and grab a bite to eat, we ran into Luis (who lives in my building) while walking to the car, then ran into a couple other SOMers at the restaurant.

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February 20, 2008

Well, I'm dreaming, suggestively. Really, this is the bitter nub of the year. I have decided to walk to school every day this week, to save the earth one step at a time (and also because my car needs an oil change). Blustering along the 25 minute walk, I keep reminding myself that when I return from Spring Break, it will be spring in New Haven. Then I notice the small green-yellow shoots pushing through the hard soil. It's official, my favorite core class this term is, unexpectedly--State and Society.

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By: Paul Ip
February 15, 2008

My schedule has been a bit busy, and it looks like next week will be equally challenging. This is my reward for taking about two more courses than I need to be taking. Technically, I'm only in four courses (the minimum), but I'm also auditing a fifth and informally taking a sixth. You're probably wondering what I mean when I say "informally taking" a course, so I'll tell you.

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February 4, 2008

We are into week 3 of the semester and things are rolling smoothly. The beginning of February is marked by the annual ski trip to Smuggler's Notch in Vermont - great skiing again this year but that's not what I want to talk about in this blog entry. Instead, I'm going to discuss my classes at SOM, a rare undertaking for me on the community blog (I've noticed all my entries seem to be labeled "Career" or "Student Life"... never "Academics"). However given the caliber of the classes in my final semester, I feel compelled to blog about class - So here goes.

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January 25, 2008

We are back in school for Spring Semester, and I have had four days of classes. Day 1 was exciting - I could hardly sleep the night before. It was so great to see everyone and ask "how was your trip? where did you go?" and hear about who threw up on the bus (always the most fascinating gossip). Day 2 I had done some homework, and was starting to feel busy. Day 3 I realized that I had already whiffed on several obligations and was beginning to feel the crunch: I woke up early to do my homework for Operations Engine, and ended my day at 3am doing recruiting work.

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January 25, 2008

Well, the final semester of SOM is here and the class of 2008 begins its march to graduation. It's come too quickly in my opinion, but what can you do but enjoy, have fun with friends, and soak it all in? For me, "having fun and soaking it all in" has been the motto to which I have aspired to during my time at SOM.

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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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