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March 26, 2007

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March 26, 2007

Greetings, everyone. My name is Amy, I'm a first-year student (Class of 2008) here at SOM and this is my first official post on the community blog! Today, classes began for the final quarter--I'm still not sure how this year has flown by so quickly, but I can vouch for the fact that it has been an incredible experience. It's somewhat difficult to describe all that I've learned--academically and personally--in my first year as an MBA student.

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March 26, 2007

Well today was the first day of the new Integrated Leadership Perspective, a three-hour class that seeks to bring together all that we have learned in our perspectives classes. I was kinda skeptical going into the class on how it would run, but if the first class is any indication, I think it's gonna be a great 7 weeks. The class is lead by Dr. Sharon Oster, who in my opinion is one of the best professors at SOM. She keeps the class engaged throughout, whether it is an 80- or 180-minute class.

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March 25, 2007

My name is Brian and I am a first year here at Yale. A little about me: I grew up right down the road from Yale, in Trumbull, CT, but spent the last 10 years in the greater Philadelphia area. I am a proud alum of Villanova (GO CATS!!) and worked at Merck for 6 years before coming to Yale. I was an analytical chemist working in the pre-clinical development area. It was a good learning experience and it definitely allows me to bring something different to class discussions since I am the only practicing scientist in my cohort.

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March 23, 2007

Spring break has passed by so quickly. A group of SOMers rented an amazing house in Outer Banks, NC, where we had some excellent R and R, which included a makeshift "Iron Chef" competition (secret ingredients: tuna and shrimp), "Pride and Prejudice" viewings for multiple hours, basketball game viewings for multiple hours, hot tub, Guitar Hero, and a celebratory cheer for the "PR" for Proficient that we found as we passed a laptop around to check our grades. For me, I headed to Orlando after that: We are lucky to enjoy TWO full weeks of spring break.

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March 11, 2007

A few minutes ago, I ordered my cap and gown for our May 28 commencement. It was surreal. SOM has been this nice, warm cocoon for the past few years, and while I was in the "real world" for five years before coming here, I have a hard time remembering what that was like. There are going to be lots of good times in the next two months, but graduation will be hard, I think, for many of us.

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By: Paul Ip
March 10, 2007

I'm here sitting in classroom A53, ready to take my last final exam for Spring-1. It's hard to believe that after this, I'll be 3/8 done with my MBA experience. The last half semester has flown by very quickly, as it seems like only a few weeks ago we came back from winter break. It's been a crazy, but good semester that included the final set of core "perspectives," the crazy job search, and also more of the usual antics that make up life at business school. Although it's been a great semester with a lot of positive developments, it's good to see it come to a close.

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March 6, 2007

When I got into SOM as a first year in 2005, I was looking forward to my second year when I would be taking elective classes with a particular focus on my core area of interest. So being at the threshold of graduation, I would like to let you guys know which classes you should take when you are second year SOM students: 1) Private Equity Investing - the class is all about private equity business and is taught by Michael Schmertzler, CEO of Credit Suisse Private Equity in the Americas.

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By: Paul Ip
March 1, 2007

It's been a crazy few weeks... Quick summary: Feb 15 - Feb 16: Setting up interviews with Microsoft Feb 17 - Feb 19: Getting "ahead" with schoolwork, prepping as much as I can Feb 20 - Feb 23: Travel/Interviews with the Office team and Windows Live team Feb 24 - Feb 25: Attempting to return to New Haven Feb 26: Return to New Haven Feb 27: Attempt to keep up/catch up/work ahead (still not sure where I am) Feb 27 - today: Get sick, stay sick, rest, drink lots of fluids But anyway... about the job... I'll be interning with Microsoft as a Product Planner. What does that mean?

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February 27, 2007

They say time flies when you're having fun, but I still can't believe its almost March! My name is Kendra and I am a first year MBA student. I grew up in Rhode Island and then lived in Boston for 7-8 years before coming to New Haven, so I guess that makes me a true New Englander! My background is in education, so business school has definitely been a new and exciting experience for me. Aside from learning all about balance sheets and cash flow statements, its been a great year for so many other reasons.

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