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By: Paul Ip
June 21, 2007

To talk about some of the things that Patrick brought up, Microsoft is bureaucratic as well. Not a surprise considering they have about 70,000 employees. Lots of acronyms, terminology, history, and dealing with people - much like my previous life at Progressive. What is nice is that unlike what I was doing before, I'm playing a much more strategic role. Yes, that's what they all say. So how about I say it this way - I'm way less involved in the tactical execution and more involved in researching and developing broader product strategies.

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June 21, 2007

Hello SOM Blog readers! I'm on week 3 of my internship at the United Way, loving the DC area, and enjoying my transition from ibanking (pre MBA work experience) to the nonprofit sector. Indeed, I couldn't ask for a better summer experience so far. The United Way is a little more corporate than I expected, though I suppose it isn't terribly surprising given how large the United Way is relative to other nonprofit organizations. The degree of "corporate-ness" has also made my transition pretty easy, and I'm very comfortable with my group and the way things are done around here.

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By: Paul Ip
June 17, 2007

I'm just about to start my fourth week of my internship here at Microsoft as a Product Planner Intern. It hardly seems like I've been here that long, but it's been great so far. They have me and most of the other 59 MBA interns in these swank apartments downtown. It's a fun group of people and I love living downtown. So my agenda for tomorrow... I begin my day at 9:00am for a full day "offsite" meeting. (It's actually in a neighboring Microsoft building) I work on the Windows Live team of product planners and one of the pieces is my responsibility.

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May 31, 2007

What a crazy week. Not only did I move to New York and start my summer internship a great deal earlier than most of my classmates I also watched several of my good friends graduate over the weekend. Moving my belongings into a friend’s 5th floor walkup proved to be a more challenging task than I anticipated. Phew! I was tired for my first day. [Mental note to self: move more than 1 day prior to starting my full time position!] A 10 or 11 week internship leaves little time to get up to speed on an organization.

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May 22, 2007

So yesterday I returned from a five-day, four-night Carnival cruise to Mexico with 75 of my classmates. It was a blast, and our end-of-the-year activities seem to be getting better and better. Something else that has been great is that I've landed a job! I'm going to be working for a local management consulting firm that mostly has contracts with cities and developers for economic development and neighborhood revitalization projects. It's a fantastic opportunity, and I'm excited to be staying around New Haven for at least a couple more years.

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April 26, 2007

That is the question of the day/week/month. Not so coincidentally, I think that this question is usually asked by those who already have internships, and are more thrilled with each opportunity to share their joy about that being the case. I, on the other hand, have spoken with some other jobless, listless, lost souls who are also less than thrilled to receive this question, or I guess more accurately, are less than thrilled to answer this question. They, too, have found themselves subjected to this new method of torture.

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April 23, 2007

Though it's the last month of school and summer is rapidly approaching, life at SOM remains busy. Like many other bloggers, my experience of the weeks of April have seen lots of headline events coming and going - from the successful internship fund auction a few weeks ago (more to come on that in this entry), to SOM Star Search (a very cool show that really showcased the hidden talents amongst the SOM community), to a fantastic welcome weekend for the class of 2009, to the Garstka cup (annual first year versus second year hockey game), to random pub crawls and other such parties.

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April 13, 2007

This is the first official blog post of my life, so if I break any unwritten blogger rules please forgive me. As one of five leaders of the Marketing Club here at Yale SOM, I have been asked to contribute to this blog in order to give prospective students insight into what the Marketing Club brings to SOM.

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April 1, 2007

Next to the first weekend of the NCAA tournament, Masters’ week has to be my favorite week of the year. The tournament signals the unofficial beginning of spring and I can start to hear my golf clubs calling me. I’m not really big on the splendor of sights and things like that, but watching The Masters on TV (especially HDTV) is such an experience. I haven’t had the privilege of attending the event live, but my father has gone a couple of times and he says that TV doesn’t do the course justice. I can’t wait for Thursday!!

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March 26, 2007

Greetings, everyone. My name is Amy, I'm a first-year student (Class of 2008) here at SOM and this is my first official post on the community blog! Today, classes began for the final quarter--I'm still not sure how this year has flown by so quickly, but I can vouch for the fact that it has been an incredible experience. It's somewhat difficult to describe all that I've learned--academically and personally--in my first year as an MBA student.

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