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October 12, 2011

Besides encouraging an interesting and diverse cross-section of the SOM community to contribute to the blog, the blog coordinator's powers are pretty mundane, e.g. being able to filter spam or allowed to be as cheesy as I want. But I uncovered a potentially useful power yesterday: accessing drafted-but-unpublished posts. Bloggers from years past wrote but refrained from publishing to the public a few posts. What vile observations about Yale SOM did these former students want to keep from the light of day?

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October 9, 2011

This past Friday, I attended the Social Enterprise conference at Columbia along with roughly two dozen classmates from Yale SOM. We heard from entrepreneurs building mobile platforms and low cost health products, leaders in impact investing, venture capitalists, and others. But the highlight was hearing from Leymah Gbowee, a leader from Liberia who had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize earlier Friday morning. Forgive me if I sound like I'm bragging, but it was pretty cool. The conference had scheduled Ms.

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October 9, 2011

Another friend came to visit this weekend (right before finals, note to self: not conducive!) and as I brought her around, I explained the difference in transportation options between New Haven and New York. I thought this would be a good topic to touch on so the following is a quick introduction to some transportation methods Yalies commonly use:

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October 7, 2011

So here is the Yale SOM version of "That's why I chose Yale". The reasons I chose Yale can be essentially found in my trading mindset - favorable odds! SOM has a small class size compared to any other school. And we do not step on the next person throat to get ahead. We practice what John Nash once said “The Best for the Group comes when everyone in the group does what's best for himself AND the group.” Both these reasons can improve your odds in achieving anything you want during and post your MBA.

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October 6, 2011

At the risk of sounding hopelessly in love, I can't believe how much I missed New Haven when I was away for the summer! I was in one of the country's most beautiful cities (San Francisco), working for the awesomest employer (Sephora), and gorging on the most delicious food (check: dosasf.com). And yet, all I did was pine to be back! Why, one might ask? Well, after a bit of introspection, here are my initial 5 hypotheses: 1. What else: GPSCY! 2. There are 235 (and counting) people one knows, even if only by face, so nothing ever feels unfamiliar or lonesome! 3.

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October 6, 2011

When I first arrived on campus, I had a lot of items on my to-do list: refine my resume, network with students at SOM and in the larger Yale community, and try the best pizza slices from around New Haven. One thing I couldn’t wait for was to be sliding completely out of control.I signed up for the Yale Hockey Club and it has been one of the best decisions so far in my SOM career (including the part where I slide across the ice).

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October 5, 2011

One of the enduring myths at SOM is that the second year of business school is much easier than first year. The legend goes: Year 1, Fall 1 is impossibly tough, Year 1, Fall 2 is even harder still, then Spring 1 & Spring 2 are much easier. By the time you get to second year, you're finally ready to experience b-school to the fullest! But is it the myth really true? So far, for me at least, it's been a mixed bag. Now that I'm in my second year, I can see a huge difference in my stress level from Year 1 to Year 2. But easier? Less busy? Not even close.

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October 4, 2011

Just a quick update. I attended a Capital IQ session today held by a fellow SOM'13 student, Chris Magalhaes. The class was really informative, especially for someone who has no previous experience like me. Even for seasoned finance professionals (the guy next to me worked in PE before), the introductory session was very helpful in future careers. At the risk of sounding overly congratulatory, I am most impressed and heartened by the fact that the class was self-initiated. I think it is a testament to the community we have at SOM that is always willing to help each other out.

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October 3, 2011

Before orientation last August, a then first-year sent out an email to the Class of 2012 listserv announcing the Yale SOM Fantasy Football league. The challenge was issued and with only 12 teams, the league was filled within an hour. We kicked off with an in-person draft during orientation and proceeded into the season, complete with trash talk, trading and apathy (one team in particular was guilty of this).

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October 2, 2011

My friend visited from New York this weekend and having a shared love of food, we planned for a weekend of gluttony and exploring New Haven’s food scene.

So, gluttony it is! We started off at Sab’s Place, a really quaint diner in East Rock. Sab’s Place is where you want to meet your friends on a lazy Saturday morning and catch up over a hearty plate of eggs and bacon. Everything is really affordable and best thing is Yale students get a 10% discount.

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