Yale School of Management

We Asked EMBA Students: What’s in Your Bag?

EMBA students are a busy bunch. Combining work commitments, family, and social obligations with a rigorous academic program is a challenge. How do they manage it all? Some clues can be found in what they choose to pack for class weekends in New Haven. We asked a few current students to show us what's in their luggage every other weekend; their responses gave us insight into how EMBAs prioritize their responsibilities to strike the careful balance that’s critical to their success. Here are some examples.

September 26, 2017

Ellie Campion ’19

Focus: Asset Management

Traveling from: Los Angeles, California
  • TSA pre-check: It’s crucial to get the green light from the TSA. It will save valuable time during each trip to the airport.
  • Tablet: You’ll be issued a brand new laptop to juggle work and homework. Think of your plane or train ride as devoted study time. Your incentive for getting homework out of the way? Quality time with your cohort! I also like to upload e-books on my Surface Pro to minimize the number of gadgets I carry in my bag.
  • Yale SOM water bottle and healthy snack: Staying hydrated will help keep your energy up. I like to carry snacks from home so I have a healthier option that doesn’t cost me an arm and a leg at the airport.
  • Neck pillow and eye mask: You never know when you’ll need a quick snooze on the go.
  • Noise-canceling headphones: My Beats allow me to enjoy the entertainment onboard or drown out a noisy neighbor.
  • Stylish scarf: At Yale SOM, you have so many opportunities to network with classmates, faculty, and maybe even future business partners. A scarf is easy to tote and instantly dresses up an outfit so you can effortlessly shift between a chilly airplane and an impromptu meeting.
  • Essential oils: Lavender oil helps me wind down at night and takes the edge off jet lag.

Anna Williams ’19

Focus: Sustainability

Traveling from: Houston, Texas

  • Scarf/blanket for plane (not pictured)
  • Plane snacks
  • Keys to my sister’s apartment in NYC
  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • Inflatable pillow and eye mask (in case)
  • iPhone with travel apps
  • Wallet with metro card and student ID
  • Lip and hand moisturizers
  • Yale-issued Surface
  • Magazine for planes, trains, and automobiles
  • iPad with textbooks on Kindle app

Jesse Flatt ’19

Focus: Asset Management

Traveling from: Oakland, California

  • PUR Gum: My aspartame-free fix; don’t go anywhere without it!
  • Earbuds: Most airline carriers no longer carry complimentary earbuds for movies.
  • Yale swag: Always representing!
  • Blue Kobe 8s: We try to shoot some hoops at Payne Whitney Gym on Thursdays.
  • Fantasy Football cheat sheet: Essential for our 2019 EMBA ’18 team draft.
  • Emergen-Zzzz: Effervescent Vitamin C with natural melatonin to help me sleep on the plane and not catch a cold.
  • Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman: Always reading something.
  • LaraBar: Healthy snack.
  • Travel sized toothpaste: I got away with it before, but last time TSA confiscated my non-travel sized toothpaste.

Melissa Medina ’18

Focus: SustainabilitY

Traveling from: Washington, D.C.
  • Garment Bag with two sets of clothing and a pair of PJs
  • Yale SOM sweater
  • Microsoft laptop
  • Yale SOM Moleskin
  • Turquoise PurseN undergarment travel case 
  • Eyeglasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and mouthwash
  • Facial lotion
  • Gum

Matt Chmura ’18

Focus: Sustainability

Traveling from: Cohasset, Massachusetts

School Backpack

  • Gym bag
    Yale ID: Can’t eat or print if I don’t have this.
  • iPhone: This is especially important on Friday. During every break I try my best to keep up with work.
  • iPad Mini: I use this to read all of assignments.
  • Yale rapid iPhone charger: Always need back-up juice for the phone.
  • Moleskin notebook and class folder: I keep organized by having a Moleskin and folder for every class. Helps me keep track of everything during the times when we are away from school.
  • Water bottle: Have to stay hydrated.
  • School-issued Microsoft Surface and Surface mouse: Maybe the most important part of the pack. Everything I have done for school happens on
  • this.

Gym Bag

  • Squash racquets: I like to work out after a long day of sitting. During our first in-residence weeks I was introduced to squash by one of my teammates, Brad. Now every Friday right after class a group of us heads to the Payne Whitney Gym and plays squash for a couple of hours.
  • Squash goggles: Given that I am still learning the game, these are a must.
  • Squash balls
Overnight bag

Overnight Bag

  • Saturday clothes: I try to pack light—one set of clothes for Saturday. Can’t imagine how hard this must be on my international classmates!
  • Yale Nerf football: I bought this from the bookstore during our first in-residence weeks. It’s great for late-night study sessions. Sometimes you just need to toss the ball around as a team to get the blood flowing to the brain.
  • Hats: If Friday ends up being a late night of studying or socializing, might I need a hat for Saturday. Always nice to pick the Red Sox hat to remind my classmates from New York of who is currently in first place in the American League East.
  • Toiletry case: Don’t need to explain this.
  • Water: Sometimes at the end of a Friday night, you just need an extra water.

Marcel Yang ’19

Focus: Healthcare

Traveling from: Scarsdale, New York

  • Computer and folio for notes and organization, and chargers for all the 21st-century essentials.
  • Water bottle to stay hydrated through the class discussions.
  • Travel mug for caffeine throughout the weekend.
  • Bike: Weather permitting, I always look forward to the early morning rides up East Rock before class.

Timothee Memi ’18

Focus: Sustainability

Traveling from: New York, New York
  • Bag: One of the fun things about joining the MBA for Executives was to have a school bag again. I got mine from Malle London, a men’s accessories brand started by a friend of mine in the UK.
  • Snacks: For the train ride from NYC.
  • Magazines
  • Notebook
  • Yale hat: For when I go out on Fridays after class.
  • iPhone and Surface: Because most of the readings and class notes are in the Cloud, everything else I need is in these two devices.

John Linares ’18

Focus: Asset Management

Traveling from: Kingston, Massachusetts

  • Phone charger: Absolutely essential.
  • Yale ID: Because getting stuck in the garage is a horrible experience.
  • Gym clothes: There is less than a 1% chance that you will use them in the 22 months that you are part of the program, but it feels good to tell yourself that you’re going to work out before class.
  • Snacks: These come in handy during late-night study sessions.
  • Bose headphones: I absolutely would not survive without my music.
  • Advil/aspirin: One way or another you are going to need some. Trust me.

Emma Eigenberg ’18

Focus: Healthcare

Traveling from: Malden, Massachusetts

  • Yale-issued Surface Pro and work-issued Thinkpad, chargers, and iPhone charger: Because I can never truly escape work.
  • Stress Test: For the Global Financial Crisis elective. One of the upcoming class sessions will include guest speak Tim Geithner, the author of the book and former U.S. Treasury Secretary.
  • Basics: Water, lip gloss, hairbrush, and sunglasses for the 2.5- (sometimes 3-) hour drive from Boston, car keys, and phone
  • Yale jacket: Swag
  • Student ID: Essential for getting in the building from the SOM garage, for eating Friday lunch at Charley’s Place, and of course for karaoke nights at GPSCY.

Brian Goodman ’18 

Focus: Healthcare

Traveling from: Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania

  • The basics: A printout of the “What You Need to Know for this Weekend” email, a train ticket, hotel reservation prinout, a class calendar, and an upcoming course schedule. Also, active class work folders, syllabi, notebooks, pens and pencils, laptop, cell phone charger, and school ID.
  • To wear: Business casual attire for class, clothes to wear after class around New Haven, clothes for nighttime, and personal care items. 


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