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January 26, 2010

Just shy of two months ago, I sat cross-legged on the floor of A-74 (the largest lecture hall at SOM) and watched The Wizard of Oz for the first time in more than a decade.

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January 11, 2010

Ahh...the New Year--a new beginning positively brimming with promise and possibility. Always a sucker for tradition--but even more so during this season, I've given into the ritual as timeless as the ball-drop or a champagne-soaked rendition of Auld Lang Syne. I've made a few resolutions to keep and track over the next few months: Resolution #1: After a lengthy hiatus when Fall 2 got the better of me, resume a more regular blogging routine (and a more regular diet routine, while I'm at it).

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October 21, 2009

In one of my favorite episodes of 30 Rock, Jack Donaghy drags Liz Lemon along to a corporate retreat. There, among fellow managers and industry gurus (Jack is the CEO of General Electric), he participates in team building exercises designed to hone soft leadership skills. As Jack reconnects with his fellow business bigwigs (each of whom "embodies a pillar of the Six Sigma Business Philosophy: teamwork, insight, brutality, male enhancement, handshakefulness and play hard"), Liz is left alone first to observe and eventually participate in the strange docket of workshops.

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October 4, 2009

Mary Oliver's poem "Summer Day" begins and ends with a series of open-ended questions. As the chill in the air and the falling leaves remind us that summer is decidedly past, I can't help but return to the last of these questions, which resonates particularly with me. "Tell me," Oliver says in the closing lines of her poem.

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September 18, 2009

In my opinion, there are numbers people and there are words people. Numbers people do Sudoku puzzles in their spare time; they play with the different functions on their calculators; they've memorized the calculation of Pi up to 10 decimal places and they compute 18% of their dinner check divided by the number of heads at the table without missing a step. These are the people that can add, divide and multiply numbers in the 5 second window after a cold call before the silence gets awkward.

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August 26, 2009

It's always tough to say goodbye--and even tougher when the object of farewell is a fancy-free, mostly-inclusive orientation. But alas, the days of midweek bowling, free meals, and Yale-subsidized happy hours have come to a end, displaced by a long-anticipated but none-the-less surreal first week of classes. For me, at least the effect has been jarring. Who would have thought that the end of Orientation could be so disorienting?

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August 16, 2009

Well, kids it's official. After two scintillating days of Math Camp (seriously though, for non-quants like me, it was an essential refresher and confidence-boost) and three-days of free lunches, fumbling name tags, and ice-breaker bonding exercises, we are smack in the middle of the whirlwind that is SOM Orientation.

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