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September 30, 2011

Just wanted to post a quick one from one of my favorite spots at SOM: the miniature hedge maze behind Yale SOM's International Center for Finance. You can see from the picture that it's a bit bare right now but in the spring it's fantastically verdant.

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September 29, 2011

The forms currently rising on the 4.25-acre site of the new Yale SOM campus are known as sheer walls. Designed to provide structural support to the building, they’ll hold stairways, elevators, and vents. They don’t yet present a picture of what the finished building will look like. But that will soon change.

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September 27, 2011

Technology abounds here in New Haven! Although perhaps not the first place people think of when they think of tech hot spots, with the wealth of pharma and biotech firms in the region (drawn in large part by Yale and its strength in the bio-sciences), the Science Park incubator a few blocks from Yale SOM, and the many technology-related ventures connected to Yale (such as Yale's Office of Cooperative Research, the tech transfer arm of the University that patents and commercializes Yale research, and with which Yale SOM students are frequently involved), there's quite a lot happening in the tech space in and around New Haven.

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September 26, 2011

This weekend was alumni weekend, where Yale SOM alumni were invited back to campus to catch up with each other and also current students. I attended an alumni mingle and panel discussion at the Omni Hotel, during which we discussed the importance of relationship management. The members of the distinguished panel included alumni like Edward J. De La Rosa, Martha Finn Brooks and current students.

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September 24, 2011

It’s been a month since the class of 2013 started classes and it has been a very exciting and intense month! We have gotten to know each other, felt the camaraderie in our cohorts, studied hard, joined clubs and partied even harder. But the most important thing, we discovered the traditions of Yale and the school of Management.

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September 24, 2011

For second-year students returning from summer internships, this fall marks the time where we begin to lock in full-time jobs for next summer/fall. Many of my peers in banking and consulting already know if they are returning to their summer employers, as those two industries typically extend offers in late August and early September. Other industries usually respond later into September and early October. Many students also choose to build on their summer internship experiences and apply to entirely different fields.

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September 22, 2011

In most courses, both those in the core curriculum and electives, there is a tension between how lessons play out in theory and how it truly works in "the real world." Case studies, current events, and students' own work experience can contribute to the discussion, but experts from the industry can be one of the best ways, in my opinion, to see how the ideas actually play out in practice. Here are three examples from this week of guests coming to campus...

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September 20, 2011

I think one of the best things about going to Yale SOM is the opportunity to take classes at the other schools. For the first semester, we take mandatory core classes such as accounting, economics and management, but I am really excited at being able to choose electives from the next semester onwards. Apart from classes at school, there are a variety of clubs that cater to more niche interests.

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September 15, 2011

After a hot summer in tropical Vietnam, I’ve really enjoyed the weather in New Haven the last few weeks.

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September 1, 2011

I interned this summer at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the company's healthcare strategy and operations advisory group. There, I had the fortunate opportunity to work on interesting projects alongside extraordinary people in a firm that places particular value on work-life balance and the professional development of its employees.

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