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March 24, 2008

No, it is not New Haven. :) I spent my spring break in Chicago and only now that I am back to New Haven I have the time to think about it. Beautiful weather - freezing temperatures, windy all the time and a snow storm to send me on my way last Saturday! So far so good - I remembered my college days, when after class I would wait for the Brown Line at the Jackson and Wabash station and the wind would go right through me in my windproof jacket.

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By: Paul Ip
March 13, 2008

Hello there. Like many of the second years, I am enjoying my last spring break. I would have posted earlier, but I just figured how to post using my iPhone. For us second years, most of us had either papers, projects, or full semester classes, leaving us a full two weeks for travel. Consequently, as Lydia and Georgi were going through exams, Patrick and I were probably already in Egypt. It's hard to believe that after the end of this break we'll only have six weeks left together.

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March 8, 2008

Having a class during your entire spring break sucks. Or maybe not. As I got into the 2nd year of my MBA, I discovered that it wasn’t just the core curriculum that had changed. There were many new electives, some of them innovatively structured. Understanding global financial centers is a great example of the new innovative elective curriculum. So, if you’d want to study how London or New York became global financial centers, or what does Singapore, Dubai or Mumbai need to do to become the next financial hub, how would you do it?

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March 7, 2008

Many of my classmates are jetting off to warmer climes as I type this: Miami, Puerto Vallarta, Antigua, Colombia and Venezuela (where tensions seem to be easing, luckily). Me, I'm off in a few days to not-quite-tropical Washington, DC before coming back to spend the final week of spring break in good ol' New Haven. But I did so much flying before, during, and after the international experience that I can't imagine a better plan for the next two weeks. I'm also dying to try Caseus, the new bistro/cheese shop that moved in just down the street. But I'm not on spring break quite yet.

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March 5, 2008

It is the week of finals and it is the week after which 3/4 of my first year will have passed. Time goes by pretty quickly here. February was the International Month at Yale SOM. I had the opportunity to present my country's history and typical food to the SOM community. Monday through Wednesday the International Club organised country presentations in the evening, where people like me talked about where we come from and answered questions from the audience.

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March 5, 2008

Its study day: that short break between the end of classes and a round of finals. Thankfully, this quarter 1/2 of the finals are take home -- even if that means doing some work into the beginning of our two week spring break. Today's unseasonably warm Connecticut weather is not helping with my motivation to tackle Competitive Strategy cases and Operations practice problems. Last night the Internship Fund Pledge Drive came to a photo finish - with one of our male classmates from the winning cohort dressing in drag at happy hour!

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March 2, 2008

Quite often many of my friends tell me "I forgot you're not a US citizen". Admittedly when I get all wrapped up in the excitement of the US election and the race between my man Barack and Hillary, sometimes even I forget that I'm Canadian. But the fact is like many students from abroad, I'm here at Yale on an F1 Student Visa. Even though Canada is right next door, I'm not an American citizen and consequently, need to think about things like immigration and work authorization after I graduate from Yale SOM.

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By: Paul Ip
March 2, 2008

I wake up this morning with an unsettled stomach from last night. (Happy Birthday, Patrick!) Yesterday was a great day and we got a lot of stuff done. I still have an 8-10 page paper to write that I haven't yet started, but we made a lot of progress in planning out things that need to be done between now and graduation.

Watching a New York Knicks game (NYC) This will be done Wednesday by leaving immediately after a meeting to catch the 4:24 Metro-North train to New York. Go Cavs!

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February 24, 2008

Tonight was the Academy Awards. And tonight, eight handsome gentlemen cooked dinner for me for $25. At the GSE Date Auction a couple weeks ago, a number of us girls pooled our money together to bid on these gents, who had put themselves up for auction. Nakedness and gourmet meals were promised. In the end, Chris baked us his mother's famous lasagna with Jose as active sous-chef, and Craig did the dishes. The other guys kept us company. There was no nakedness. But there was chocolate fondue from a fountain. Thanks again everybody for a fun evening!

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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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