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September 12, 2010

I’ve just returned home from our first Student Government meeting of the new school year and am excited about all of the initiatives we have boiling. Though a lot of work was done over the summer by this hard-working group of officers to set the groundwork for a great 2010-2011, as of tonight we’re all back in action and ramping up our plans once again.

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February 28, 2010

I should probably be packing, seeing as I leave for Japan in about 12 hours. But packing procrastination is kind of my thing. So instead I’d much rather be reflecting on another whirlwind just-finished half-quarter, and the International Experience we are all about to embark on. The recently departed Spring-1 was when, for me at least, SOM took on a decidedly international attitude and vibe. February was actually deemed “International Month” and classmates from outside the U.S.

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October 7, 2009

It’s interesting timing that this Thursday, October 8, is both the Round 1 deadline for Yale SOM Class of 2012 applications and the last day of “Fall 1” courses for the Class of 2011. What a difference a year makes! Around this time last fall many of us were anxiously putting the finishing touches on our application essays; prodding our recommenders to hit “submit” already; and settling in for a long, arduous, wintery wait.

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September 11, 2009

Though it was strongly implied last week in our Spreadsheet Modeling class that all that happens at a SOM Faculty Meeting is a rousing session of “Rock Band,” turns out it’s a bit more productive. In fact, it’s all about integration. Let me explain. When I first heard that SOM had developed an “integrated curriculum,” I admit I suspected a marketing infraction of the highest order. After all, in my former career “integrated” was right up there with “holistic,” “cross-channel,” and “interwoven” as a business cliche that would win any game of Buzzword Bingo.

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August 23, 2009

A whirlwind week of Orientation has come to a close and it defies exposition. A true immersion in the SOM culture and community, we’ve emerged on the other side with new friends, new knowledge, and new experiences—and perhaps shed some of the inhibitions, anxiety, and preconceptions that we brought to New Haven.

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August 14, 2009

The entire class of 2011 just finished the Audubon Street Project and if everyone’s like me, we need a nap. Imagine “The Apprentice” (Season 1, when it was still good and Donald Trump hadn’t completely morphed into a caricature of himself) meets “Location, Location, Location” with a cast of eager type-A first-year MBA students.

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August 12, 2009

The official portion of Orientation Day 1 is over and I’m writing my first post to the Yale SOM Community Blog (as a first-time blogger I suspect I am going to write a lot of things like “I’m writing a post” even when it’s obvious I’m writing a post—sorry—hopefully this will become less self-indulgent over time). I’m struck by the fact that this is called the “Community Blog” as community is a word I heard a lot before arriving at SOM and over the past few days. It’s both true, and something that has to be experienced to be fully understood.

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