Exciting times at SOM! It is the start of the third week of spring semester. Everyone seems to have settled really well into the new environment by embracing the transparency theme of Evans Hall. Transparency is important in today's business and society and thus it has been given special emphasis at Yale SOM. Not only is the building a majestic piece of art, its architecture certainly adds diversity to the beautiful gothic architecture you will find across Yale University.
I love new year’s eve. That time of the year when you start thinking about everything you’ve achieved, how many new places you visited, how much time did you get to spend with your loved ones and even sometimes how much you didn’t. If it wasn’t that much of a good year, it then becomes the perfect opportunity for a brand new start. If it was, we can only make the new one be even better, because at the end it always comes down to us and how we want this new year to be.
Looking back at the first semester at Yale, I see the different paths that each of us have treaded. When we first came in August, there were so many different things to choose from. An Ivy League education, networking with great student peers and accomplished Alumni, potential jobs in the US and abroad and many more opportunities were in the offing to everyone.
Through the lectures by professors and group discussions, students from the global network league got together to understand the hottest topic in Europe and find solutions. Mr. Erik Schlie, Associate Dean of the International MBA Program and his team organized the whole week with great attention to every detail: welcome cocktail party, elaborately selected lectures, city tours and company visits…all of which made our trip enriched and meaningful. We benefited a lot through interaction with professors, discussion with our own team members or even debating on the hot issues within Eurozone.
A Ghanaian scholar, Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir - Aggrey once said “if you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate an entire nation." Women are the ones who are most in contact with children during their formative years. Children who are physically or psychologically abused are likely to vent their anger on society later in life.
I had a great trip to Asia last week where I had the chance to visit five Global Network schools in five days to give presentations on the MAM program. My travels took me to HKUST in Hong Kong, AIM in the Philippines, UI in Jakarta and INSEAD and NUS in Singapore. As much as I enjoyed meeting with prospective MAM candidates, the highlight of the week was seeing two alumni from the MAM Class of 2013.
One week seems like a really limited time when you need to prepare a group presentation for a finance class, a colloquium with an important speaker for the club you are leading, an exam worth 25% of your final grade, a coffee chat with the recruiter of the company you dream to work with and to clean your apartment. But it is not, when you think about visiting four different countries in three different continents. Then, your time optimization ability improves.
My quest to explore the Yale Campus continues. Whenever I get time I like to explore different buildings and libraries. So I decided to utilize a recent Friday, a day without classes, to visit the Old Campus. My journey started at the Yale Law School where I was mesmerized by the beauty of the building. It felt like as if I had entered Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
My conversation with a Pickering Fellow was last highlight of the week. Our 5 minute conversation stretched to a full hour long debate. We discussed US Foreign Policy, and how developing economies benefit through the numerous programs included in US foreign policy, such as the USAID program.