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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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September 10, 2010

Beginning with the larger picture, each semester of the first year is divided up into two parts (Fall 1, Fall 2 -- Spring 1 Spring 2). Right now, we are in 6-7 weeks of Fall 1, which will be followed by a week-long team-building exercise before beginning Fall 2 -- ending in December. The first quarter is a quantitative boot camp, but everything is new and exciting and we all seem to be able to handle the six or seven classes that are thrown our way.

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September 4, 2010

New York --> New Haven; New address #16 --> New address #17; New school year; New classes at New schools and 234 New classmates to get to know. Lots of ‘New’. My summer was excellent - after 27 years of looking at New York City with wide eyes from afar and wondering what life would be like living there (trust me, it’s a long way from the little British Army base that I called home for 18 years), my internship gave me the opportunity to experience it first-hand.

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August 24, 2010

Yesterday marked the first day of classes for the class of 2012 with students, eager and reticent alike, embarking on their respective academic journeys at SOM. It was a bittersweet time for most of us as we officially bid adieu to our seemingly routine (and altogether comfortable) professional lives of the past to start our new lives of relative chaos that will undoubtedly prevail over the next two-plus years.

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June 13, 2010

A recent note from Didi, one of my SOM classmates who is living and interning in South Africa this summer (published with her permission): Johannesburg is bursting with World Cup Fever! For the whole year, the country has been celebrating ‘football Friday’ – which essentially means you wear Bafana Bafana (South African team) shirts to work that day. From government officials to factory workers, every Friday the country is literally decked out in yellow football shirts.

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May 24, 2010

Congratulations to Dr. J. Craig Venter and Synthetic Genomics, Inc. for their breakthrough in modifying an existing cell with some synthesized genes. The news reports say that they have applied for a patent on their invention (Read the article in the New York Times). The social goal of our system of patents is to reward innovation in the hope of improving our society.

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April 23, 2010

I was thrilled to see that Professor Schott won the core curriculum teaching award. This was the first year that the Global Macroeconomy was offered, so I'm one of the twenty or so brave second years that opted to re-enter the world of the Core with the Class of 2011 to learn the art of IS-LM curves. So consider that

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March 8, 2010

I attended a Yale School of Management research workshop by a visiting professor this week. Through a carefully designed experiment, the authors of the paper had found that people make systematic errors in deciding which products they want, depending on how the information is presented to them. Such errors can be exploited by companies who can design their advertisements and other messages using the knowledge of the pattern of errors.

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February 16, 2010

Apologies to Jonathan Safran Foer for lifting the title of his book for my post, but its been the theme of my day today. My favorite thing about the academic experience at business school so far has been that the problems and questions we have are real. There are real dates and times. Real people and places. The cases are from a variety of industries and often, written by our professors. I always wondered what it would be like to meet the people that we had spent hours reading/thinking about. That question was answered twice today.

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February 1, 2010

I will start this story where it ends rather than begins and let the proverbial cat out of the bag. As my SOM colleagues and I were filing out of the conference room at the venture capital firm General Catalyst last Friday, we bumped into former GM CEO Rick Wagoner. The Managing Director present graciously asked Rick if he’d like to chat with the MBAs from Yale, and to our surprise and delight, we were treated to five minutes with a man who had presided over one of America’s most iconic companies.

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