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October 12, 2011

Besides encouraging an interesting and diverse cross-section of the SOM community to contribute to the blog, the blog coordinator's powers are pretty mundane, e.g. being able to filter spam or allowed to be as cheesy as I want. But I uncovered a potentially useful power yesterday: accessing drafted-but-unpublished posts. Bloggers from years past wrote but refrained from publishing to the public a few posts. What vile observations about Yale SOM did these former students want to keep from the light of day?

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October 5, 2011

One of the enduring myths at SOM is that the second year of business school is much easier than first year. The legend goes: Year 1, Fall 1 is impossibly tough, Year 1, Fall 2 is even harder still, then Spring 1 & Spring 2 are much easier. By the time you get to second year, you're finally ready to experience b-school to the fullest! But is it the myth really true? So far, for me at least, it's been a mixed bag. Now that I'm in my second year, I can see a huge difference in my stress level from Year 1 to Year 2. But easier? Less busy? Not even close.

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October 4, 2011

Just a quick update. I attended a Capital IQ session today held by a fellow SOM'13 student, Chris Magalhaes. The class was really informative, especially for someone who has no previous experience like me. Even for seasoned finance professionals (the guy next to me worked in PE before), the introductory session was very helpful in future careers. At the risk of sounding overly congratulatory, I am most impressed and heartened by the fact that the class was self-initiated. I think it is a testament to the community we have at SOM that is always willing to help each other out.

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September 22, 2011

In most courses, both those in the core curriculum and electives, there is a tension between how lessons play out in theory and how it truly works in "the real world." Case studies, current events, and students' own work experience can contribute to the discussion, but experts from the industry can be one of the best ways, in my opinion, to see how the ideas actually play out in practice. Here are three examples from this week of guests coming to campus...

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September 1, 2011

I interned this summer at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the company's healthcare strategy and operations advisory group. There, I had the fortunate opportunity to work on interesting projects alongside extraordinary people in a firm that places particular value on work-life balance and the professional development of its employees.

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April 17, 2011

Things are constantly in motion at Yale SOM, but the past few weeks have been exceptionally marked by change. (See three sets of changes highlighted below the jump.)

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March 12, 2011

Today ends the Delhi portion of our trip, and I must say it exceeded my expectations. While we could have been subjected to one-directional hand-waving and platitudes, we were instead engaged in several candid, fact-based conversations with top Indian leaders about the broad prospects and challenges of India’s growth and the complex dynamics of their specific spheres.

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March 8, 2011

Thanks to Erin for kicking off our International Experience blog posts. The life of an SOM student sure is hard -- we had to choose from 9 exciting and complex trips. The natural pick for me was India, with its storied past, blistering economic growth, rich culture, and delicious food.

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February 25, 2011

There's a lot going on as February winds down: today is officially the end of Spring 1; students are finishing up exams and papers as I write this; there's a marketing conference happening here on campus; and all of my classmates are packing up for a few weeks away from campus. Together with Yale's Center on Consumer Insights, the Marketings Club is hosting its annual conference.

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February 17, 2011

One of the many impressive electives we have at SOM is a class taught by Prof. Jeffrey Garten and Prof. Stephen Roach titled, Washington and Wall Street: Markets, Policy, and Politics. Over the course of the semester we have discussed the interaction of the financial industry and the policies that govern it, both in the US and around the world.

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