Second year update

By: Paul Ip
September 29, 2007

It's been a while. I suppose you can say that I've been busy. You can also say that I've been chilling out a lot. It's really a bit of both. I've been busy:

  • Taking 5 classes right now
  • Doing my bit as the leader for the Technology Club
  • Doing my bit as the head of the Academic Committee for Student Government
  • Did my bit as the coordinator for the SOM blog
  • Spending a bit of time talking to people about careers at Microsoft
  • Being an SYA (second year advisor) for the Leadership Development Program
  • Spending a bit of time helping people with resumes and cover letters
  • Actually getting around to working out a few times a week

I've been chillin:

  • Actually getting around to working out a few times a week
  • Spending lots of quality time with the study group
  • Lots of hanging out

So details... classes are going well. It's surprising because the classes that I thought would be the worst are the classes that I feel like I'm getting the most out of while the classes that are supposed to be great I'm finding mediocre. You could interpret this however you want. I'll say that there's something for everyone and maybe in the future I should just pick classes that people don't like. I know I like my stuff much much much more abstract than most people and much much much faster paced than most. Overall, my month back at business school has been fun. Lots of socializing with both the first year class and the second year class. It's also nice because everything I'm doing now is stuff that I want to do. I'm still busy, but I like how it at least *feels* like I have command of what really needs to be done. And yes, having a job certain helps. I finally accepted my offer to return to Microsoft, so expect to see many more hiking photos in the future! My plans for today? Maybe go over to the soccer fields to see the Yale SOM soccer tournament, head over to East Rock Park to play some Ultimate frisbee, have some dinner with friends (time, location, and friends TBD), then head over to Playwright's for the post-soccer-tournament get-together. Hopefully I'll see some of the people that I met over the summer from CMU and HBS there. We shall see...

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