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April 26, 2007

That is the question of the day/week/month. Not so coincidentally, I think that this question is usually asked by those who already have internships, and are more thrilled with each opportunity to share their joy about that being the case. I, on the other hand, have spoken with some other jobless, listless, lost souls who are also less than thrilled to receive this question, or I guess more accurately, are less than thrilled to answer this question. They, too, have found themselves subjected to this new method of torture.

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April 23, 2007

Though it's the last month of school and summer is rapidly approaching, life at SOM remains busy. Like many other bloggers, my experience of the weeks of April have seen lots of headline events coming and going - from the successful internship fund auction a few weeks ago (more to come on that in this entry), to SOM Star Search (a very cool show that really showcased the hidden talents amongst the SOM community), to a fantastic welcome weekend for the class of 2009, to the Garstka cup (annual first year versus second year hockey game), to random pub crawls and other such parties.

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April 22, 2007

Well the lack of blog entries on my part has been due to the fact that I managed to blow up not one, but TWO computers that I own last Monday. I think that takes some sort of talent, which I don't think employers would necessarily hire me for. I started with my laptop (which has since been fixed), then I moved onto my desktop, which unfortunately appears to be toast. I was waiting for that to happen so it looks like I'll be in the market for a new Dell. Last week I also found out the results for the Student Government elections that were completed the preceding week.

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April 22, 2007

No two weekends are ever the same at SOM. Here's nine things that come to mind about the past weekend... 1. Weather broke 70 degrees. I believe we even made it to 75. This is truly something to celebrate when you're in the Northeast and it's not even May, yet. 2. Got to read a book for class that has been on my own list of "things to read" (Blink by M. Gladwell). It's not very often that you get to cross things off your personal to-do list simply by completing homework assignments. 3.

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April 21, 2007

Yesterday was one of the most exciting days during my time here at Yale. As part of Professor Jeffrey Garten's "Leading a Global Company" class, we took a field trip to New York City to meet with Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman & CEO of Goldman Sachs, and John Thain, CEO of the New York Stock Exchange. Leading a Global Company is one of the best classes I've taken at Yale and is (to my knowledge) the only class of its kind at a major business school. In addition to Mr. Blankfein and Mr.

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April 15, 2007

For the international experience in January (part of the new curriculum), I went to South Africa and Tanzania with 35 of my classmates, Professor Jim Baron, and Dean Podolny. It was one of the most rewarding trips I have taken, and the fact that we escaped the arctic weather in New England was an added bonus. During our time in Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam, we met with CEOs, nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs, and government officials. Many spoke about the challenges they face in building sustainable organizations.

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April 15, 2007

I'm Ezzard Batiste; I am a member of SOM Class of 2008. My background is in computer science. These days I'm looking to do something finance-oriented. For more information about me, please check out my bio. Yesterday I participated in a mentoring event for some black high school students in New Haven. We discussed some basic financial and investing principles. I was there along with several students from other graduate programs here at Yale, as well as a few undergrads. The high schoolers seemed pretty engaged, which made it a rewarding experience.

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April 13, 2007

This is the first official blog post of my life, so if I break any unwritten blogger rules please forgive me. As one of five leaders of the Marketing Club here at Yale SOM, I have been asked to contribute to this blog in order to give prospective students insight into what the Marketing Club brings to SOM.

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April 4, 2007

The end of April means decision time for many. Where do you send that deposit? Where do you see yourself living for the next two years? What will life really be like at "x" school? So, I thought I'd give a run-down of what could happen on a "typical" day. Of course this is my experience, and it is important to note that all students here have very different and varying experiences, depending on the activities they are involved in! About twice a week, I arrive at school around 7:30 am and set up shop at Food For Thought, which is a student cafe here at SOM.

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April 1, 2007

Next to the first weekend of the NCAA tournament, Masters’ week has to be my favorite week of the year. The tournament signals the unofficial beginning of spring and I can start to hear my golf clubs calling me. I’m not really big on the splendor of sights and things like that, but watching The Masters on TV (especially HDTV) is such an experience. I haven’t had the privilege of attending the event live, but my father has gone a couple of times and he says that TV doesn’t do the course justice. I can’t wait for Thursday!!

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