MBA Blog

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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February 26, 2007

Hi everyone! My name is Gloria. I'm a second year here at SOM and I'm a student administrator for this site. For more about me, check out the little bio that's linked to this page. So I'm going to run with other people's thoughts on classes and career. I've only got eight weeks of school left, so things are a little different for me than they are for Patrick and Paul. Because I'm a second year, all my classes are electives, and it's been sort of hit-and-miss this school year.

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February 26, 2007

One of the things I realized over my internship on Wall Street was the importance of successful networking and exposure to C-level folks. During my 10-week tenure, I had the chance to interact with two CEOs of Fortune 100 companies and was amazed with their superb ability to interact with a broad group of people in a very inspiring and engaging manner.

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By: Paul Ip
February 24, 2007

It's been a great trip to Seattle, and tonight I'll be taking the red-eye flight back to the world of Yale SOM. It's been a productive trip. I spent almost 12 hours interviewing with nine people over two days here, but I'm leaving with a verbal offer that should become a formal offer early next week. With that in hand, I need to shift my focus back to school.

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February 24, 2007

Greetings SOM Blog readers! I'm Patrick, a first year MBA student here at Yale SOM. I hail from Toronto, Canada and prior to coming here to pursue an MBA I was an investment banking analyst with a Canadian investment bank. I came to SOM for its strength in the nonprofit sector, small class size, and most of all its unique culture among leading MBA programs. As for the internship hunt (a big topic that is on the minds of probably 99.99% of first-year students at this time), the application process has really only just begun for me.

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By: Paul Ip
February 22, 2007

Hello there. Let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Paul and I am currently a first-year student at SOM focusing in Marketing and Strategy. I'm originally from Rockland County, NY, but I grew up in Cleveland, OH where I have spent the last 4+ years working at Progressive Insurance as a project lead for their website. After SOM, I intend to start a career in product development where I can use my technical background and my business knowledge to align product lines to changing consumer demands.

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