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April 30, 2009

Who knew Connecticut had so many trails? Surely not myself, a California transplant who only bought a road bike for the first time 10 months prior. Had you asked me two years ago I would have made a twelfth grader blush with my knowledge of New England geography, oblivious to the forested countryside that lay within minutes of the post-industrial potholes of New Haven. Sleeping Giant? Tyler Mill Run? Regicide Trail?

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April 26, 2009

Business school is transition. No sooner have you unpacked your bags in your East Rock apartment and dived into orientation, then you are repacking for your summer sublettor (with a wish and a prayer that they won't flambe the coffee table), unpacking in a tiny summer sublet, repacking, unpacking for Fall Yr 2, finding a full time job, coasting and peddling in a haze through second year, then finding yourself gazing around your East Rock apartment with the daunting task of moving, storing, moving for graduation, summer, new job in fall. (p.s.

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April 24, 2009

There have been a lot of memorable moments in the first year of business school here at SOM. It’s really incredible to stop and think about how much we’ve experienced since arriving in New Haven in August (the International Experience, the Internship Fund, Harvard-Yale, Cohort Olympics, Econ with Oster). Last night, however, was one of the more memorable and humorous moments of all.

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April 23, 2009

I don’t really play video games. Not out of any lack of desire to play them. In fact, quite to the contrary, I feel a persistent desire to play. In playing games, I appreciate the value of problem solving, of having the opportunity to attempt to solve the same problem multiple times, to push at the boundaries of the program and learn the rules by which the game must be played. Gaming is, in many ways, the act of learning. Moving forward in a game is a signal of learning; the player has mastered a particular element, and is rewarded with the next puzzle.

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April 22, 2009

The weather is supposed to be gorgeous for Welcome Weekend. (See the forecast here) We are all so excited to welcome the Class of 2011 to campus!

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April 12, 2009

The Internship Fund has got to be one of the hardest working collection of students you can imagine. One of the few completely first year-run organizations (FFT is another one), the Internship Fund, as I have mentioned before, is responsible for raising all of the money to subsidize non-profit and public sector internships. The Auction, which is charged with raising a large percentage of these funds, is happening this Thursday, April 16. This year's theme, SOMonopoly, is providing some pretty amazing decoration opportunities throughout the school.

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April 9, 2009

With the rise of wordpress and similar blogging software, SOM is enabling student clubs to run and manage interactive Web 2.0 domains. One of the first to appear is the portal to the School of Management's volunteer, student-run café, better known as Food For Thought - or FFT in the acronym-loving world of business short-cuts (ALWBSC).The new site offers students an easy way to sign up for volunteer shifts, comment and upload photos of musical events and other activities.

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April 3, 2009

Coming from the comfortable anonymity offered by some thirty thousand students during my undergrad, I knew the tight community of SOM would present a radically different class bonding experience. And one of the most rewarding features of a small school is not only do you get to meet the dean personally, but the dean knows you. I say this in all seriousness, because Sharon Oster is renowned for her near perfect memory of names and faces, never lacking a lively personal story about any student, faculty member or alumni.

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April 1, 2009

From March 16th through the 20th, ten of my classmates and I had the opportunity to participate in the Washington, DC Spring Break Leadership Forum. This annual trip allows students to meet with top politicians, policy makers, and opinion leaders from both the public and non-profit sectors. The trip was truly inspirational not simply because of the unparalleled access to high-level decision makers; but more importantly, because of the ability we had to engage in candid discussions about the major social, economic, and political challenges facing our country.

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March 16, 2009

So I spent part of last week in Mexico City participating in Yale Week in Mexico. Yale Week is a great program whereby various faculty from across the University -- SOM, the Law School, School of Medicine, Yale College, etc. -- as well as Yale administrators travel down to Mexico for lectures, meetings, and other activities (such as a community service project in Monterrey with Yale students and alumni and members of the Tec de Monterrey community).

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