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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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April 12, 2011

This past Sunday, over 20 SOM students drove down to Allentown, PA to compete in the ToughMudder competition. What this race all about? It's about pushing yourself mentally and physically; it's about challenging yourself to do something you probably couldn't (and maybe shouldn't) do on your own. It's about having the time of your life with your fellow classmates.The first part of the course was straight up a tall double black-diamond ski slope, and that was just the beginning of the 11 mile journey.

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November 14, 2010

Just down the street from SOM there is a long blue tarp obscuring scores of construction workers "playing" in the dirt. Yellow Tonka trucks from childhood have been replaced by substantially larger Caterpillar trucks and cranes. Together, workers and architects strive to ensure a firm foundation for the new SOM campus. Earlier that afternoon, I had the joy of touring the construction site with someone equally important to the foundation of SOM, Bill Beinecke (YC'36), a longtime and loyal supporter of Yale -- and especially the School of Management.

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September 26, 2010

Most of us aren't very good at asking for help. In the business world, there is a fear of being perceived as weak or less competent if you are unsure or don't understand something and need a colleague to assist you. In graduate school (especially business/management) I expected to find the same thing. Truth be told, I actually expected it to be a lot worse given the potential for a competitive Type-A student environment. I could not have been more wrong about how SOM works. The CPA brings one set of skills, as does the Teach for America alum and the management consultant.

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September 10, 2010

Beginning with the larger picture, each semester of the first year is divided up into two parts (Fall 1, Fall 2 -- Spring 1 Spring 2). Right now, we are in 6-7 weeks of Fall 1, which will be followed by a week-long team-building exercise before beginning Fall 2 -- ending in December. The first quarter is a quantitative boot camp, but everything is new and exciting and we all seem to be able to handle the six or seven classes that are thrown our way.

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