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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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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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