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January 6, 2011

For first-year students, the spring semester is the first opportunity to add elective classes to our schedule. We have six classes left in the core – three (Operations, Employee, Macroeconomics) to be taken in Spring 1 and three (Integrated Leadership Perspective, Innovator, State & Society) to be taken in Spring 2. That means that we can choose up to eight credits of electives this spring. One of the great things about Yale SOM is that, even as a first-year student, there are many options beyond the traditional business school electives (though they are all offered).

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November 21, 2010

Professor Chen plays Rockband. He also bakes a mean loaf of bread. Professor Long lives in the heart of downtown and has an eye for interior decor. Professor Sudhir has a 9-year old daughter who just introduced her classmates to Diwali. Professor Swersey, well I could go on and on about him.During undergrad, I never got to know my professors. I imagined them after class, not going home to families, but teleporting to far off spaceships, or sleeping in a pod. I would not have been surprised to find they came with batteries or required an outlet to recharge.

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November 19, 2010

May I make a suggestion to all first-years (and even reflective second-years) who are seeking yet another practical application of SOM’s famous first-year curriculum: step back for a moment from the pharma companies, car manufacturers, and social enterprises found in the cases and textbooks. To increase the “return on investment” for your SOM education, be sure to apply the lessons of the curriculum to yourself, to ensure that you can successfully navigate your remaining years (or months) at business school and beyond.

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November 16, 2010

It's been quite the week and I've learned an awful lot. Although plenty of learning happens in the classroom, it seems almost as much happens when speakers come to campus and share their thoughts for an hour. This past week has been a true indicator of that.

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October 27, 2010

So, I’m a second year now. I hate to use a cliché but, well, time flies. It has not only flown but its wings are now frantically flapping faster than ever before. I’m already into the second quarter of my second and final year and it’s time to give back a little. I’m originally from Europe where (for reasons I do not fully understand) students simply do not seem to develop the same die-hard loyalty to their alma mater as do American students.

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October 18, 2010

Before I began researching MBA programs last year, Yale SOM was not the first business school that came to my mind in conversations around innovation and entrepreneurship. But it turns out that Yale is a pretty good place for aspiring entrepreneurs. (Lots more info after the jump).

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October 15, 2010

I recently had the opportunity to participate in an admissions event, Fall Friday for Women. If you're not familiar, it's an event that SOM sponsors once a year in the fall to host prospective female students and allow them to meet women faculty, alumni and students from around SOM and learn about our curriculum (which, by now, all of us in 2012 are quite well-versed in). I was one of those prospective female students attending this event last year, so it was interesting to be on the other side.

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October 15, 2010

Today marks the end of Fall 1 here at school, with the first half of the semester coming to a close. For first year students, exams are just now wrapping up for a variety of courses. Time for a quick breather, right? Well, not quite... All of the first years, myself included, are glad to have made it through exams, but things won't slow down for long. Next week we'll jump into a full schedule of workshops and courses on leadership.

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September 26, 2010

Most of us aren't very good at asking for help. In the business world, there is a fear of being perceived as weak or less competent if you are unsure or don't understand something and need a colleague to assist you. In graduate school (especially business/management) I expected to find the same thing. Truth be told, I actually expected it to be a lot worse given the potential for a competitive Type-A student environment. I could not have been more wrong about how SOM works. The CPA brings one set of skills, as does the Teach for America alum and the management consultant.

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September 13, 2010

A recent article from the New York Times asserts that several generally accepted beliefs about good study habits are actually false. For example, you know that tip about finding, clearing and setting aside a quiet workspace, a constant place where you can “get in your groove” for hours while refining your finance and marketing skills? Might want to think again. The article highlights four tips for strong studying that fly in the face of conventional wisdom:

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