I probably wouldn’t have noticed him otherwise.
My first night in San Francisco for the job trek, I reunited with an old friend over dinner to celebrate her 27th birthday. At a little past 10 p.m., we finally gave up the herculean quest to finish the ambitiously sized birthday crepes we had ordered—and asked the waitress sheepishly for to-go boxes. Then, armed with what was probably the world’s largest dessert crepe, I headed back to the Airbnb where a few other first-year’s and I were staying in Fisherman’s Wharf.
Student photographer Alina Vorobeitchik '14 took her camera to the ice to capture Yale SOM students getting ready for the annual Garstka Cup hockey game scheduled for February 8. This hockey competition pits the first-year students against the second-year students.
A major highlight for me during my first term in the MAM program was getting to meet Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan who visited Yale in September. I never would have imagined that my first opportunity to meet such a high ranking official from my home country would come in New Haven, CT. After seeing the number of prominent guest speakers from around the world who come to Yale my guess is I am not the first international student to have had such an experience. During his talk Minister Wirjawan highlighted Indonesia’s growth and projections that it will become an even more important economy for Asia and the world.
Greetings from San Francisco, where over 100 Yale SOM students just completed visiting more than 40 companies for our annual San Francisco Job Trek! During this year’s record-breaking trek, the leaders of eight SOM clubs, such as Net Impact and the Technology Club, have coordinated visits with diverse companies and organizations in the Bay area. Popular destinations included Google, IDEO, Visa and the Omidyar Network, the philanthropic investment firm established by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, and his wife.
While most students were relishing the last week of winter break, some were already back on campus, interviewing for coveted summer finance internships. At the height of SuperWeek, January 2-11, the CDO reception area was filled with first-year MBA students sporting business suits and waiting for their chance to talk with interviewers from major investment banks.
Last month, I attended the third annual Yale Student Leadership Forum organized by the Association of Yale Alumni. This one-and-a-half-day forum enables students from across Yale University to develop leadership skills, meet successful leaders and bring student leadership to life with compelling speakers, panels, and workshops.
Twitter is my breaking news source, my "I need a joke now" supply, and my place to feed my inner nerd. Social media plays an interesting role in all of our lives in New Haven-- most class events are posted on our Yale SOM Class of 2014 Facebook page, and many 15-minute blocks of time result in inspiration from the abyss of social media. Thankfully, here at Yale SOM I can harness my love of Twitter for good!
Remember when I wrote about the cohort system at SOM? Well, this year we’ve inaugurated the Cohort Cup competition, where the four cohorts in both years compete for glory and EPP’s (Eminent and Purposeful Points). This is a video of the dizzybat race held in Caulkins Courtyard last week, and my friend Brendan (SOM/FES '15) was forward-thinking enough to document this for posterity. Naturally, Gold took home the prize, (we’re on the far end, led by flamenco god Pedro, in the helmet), though it was a very close race! GO GOLD.
Libraries are one of the most important parts of a university, and for me they are absolutely the soul of a university. There are more than 30 libraries at Yale, and each library tells its own unique story. One of my favorite parts of being in the MAM program is that as a member of the SOM community you are also a member of the Yale University community. As someone who loves libraries having all of Yale's libraries to explore has been wonderful aspect of my experience. As this semester has come to an end I think this is the time to introduce three of my favorite libraries: Sterling Memorial Library, Center for Science and Social Science Information and Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
As recently as even three years ago, if you had asked me whether I was considering business school, I would have (at best) shuddered or (at worst) simply laughed in your face. The idea—at least, as conceived in my mind—of politicking my way up the corporate ladder while trussed up in a bland-colored suit with a serious air of inflated self-importance appealed to me about as much as, say, eating cardboard for the rest of my life.