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May 25, 2010

I’m excited to move back to Brooklyn, really. I am glad to return to the same city as my boyfriend, and look forward to starting my new career at BCG. Before I start, BCG is giving me time to travel (to East Africa, including a visit to a classmate and his family in Kenya), and they’re funding me to do a social impact fellowship with Sanctuary for Families. So I am eager to move forward to new adventures and challenges. As I look forward to life as an SOM alumna, it has been a treasure to witness my brother’s excitement at joining the SOM Class of 2012.

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May 5, 2010

The Oath Project (www.oathproject.org) has strong ties to SOM. The Aspen Institute, whose Business and Society initiative is run by an SOM alumna, is an Oath Project partner. SOM annually has the largest contingent of students at the Net Impact conference, and Net Impact is another partner. So both organizations have looked to SOM to become an affiliate of the Oath Project, and to promote the Business Oath. But at least for now, we won’t.The Business Oath is an effort to professionalize business.

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April 23, 2010

I didn’t even know what corporate finance was when I started at SOM last fall. I certainly did not think I would take any course with “finance” in its title, much less actually enjoy it. So I was surprised to be cheering aloud when my Corporate Finance professor, Heather Tookes, won this year's Alumni Elective Teaching Award. Yes…this fall, I actually did learn how to calculate WACC, what a beta is—and the difference between an asset and equity beta—and the difference between NPV and APV.

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March 22, 2010

I had the good fortune to get to tag along for a 2nd International Experience trip, as a teaching assistant this time. It’s hard to put my finger on the best parts: clearly meeting with Malaysian Members of Parliament and the founder of BRAC, a major Bangladeshi micro-finance and poverty alleviation program, were highlights. Seeing classmates cut down palm fruits at the palm oil plantation and touring a garment factory were insights into important industries in Malaysia and Bangladesh, respectively.

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February 26, 2010

Speakers I’ve gotten to hear at Yale in the past two weeks:

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
George David, former CEO and Chairman of United Technologies Corporation
Jeff Bewkes, CEO of TimeWarner
Jerry Speyer, Chairman of Tishman Speyer Properties
Arianna Huffington, Founder of the HuffingtonPost
Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
Roger Farah, President and COO of Ralph Lauren
James McNerney, CEO of Boeing

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February 8, 2010

When we arrived at SOM, we were assigned groups of 4 with whom we would complete many of our core assignments. I think it's telling that we call those groups of 4 "small groups" rather than "study groups," as they do at many other business schools. At SOM, they become much more like family than a reading group. This time last year, I encouraged my small group mate, Joseph, to perform in Star Search, the annual talent show to raise money for the Internship Fund. He'd gotten a ukulele for Christmas, and had just begun to play.

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