If you ask one of our Yale SOM students which month of their MBA program has been busiest, you will likely hear a range of answers. Your two years here are packed with classes, conferences, recruiting and networking events, and of course, fun times. However, in looking at the April calendar, which also marks the last full month of classes, there is a lot that is packed into 30 days. To keep things light-hearted, the Student Life Committee on our Student Government has dubbed the month “April Foolery” and has packed tons of fun events throughout the month to celebrate the end of the year. Some highlights include a month-long Ping Pong tournament, Business & Society: The Musical, a roller-skating night, a Spikeball and Burritos event, and a sunset hike through East Rock Summit with student-run Wilderness Leadership Development (WiLD) club.
Here are some April Foolery snapshots.
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to volunteer at a local New Haven school with my SOM peers. It is an eye-opening and a humbling experience, [right after] coming back from Spring Break”
—Joandy Pratam ’24 on the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England-sponsored Volunteer Day at local Robert Clemente Leadership Academy
One Saturday during April Foolery, the Net Impact Club at SOM organized the Impact New Haven Crawl! We visited local, impact-oriented organizations around New Haven and spoke directly to leaders about their work. One of the stops in the crawl was at Havenly, a café that not only offers delicious Middle Eastern food but also provides job training and education to refugee and immigrant women. We spoke with Dana, Havenly’s sales director and the daughter of the founder, about the program’s growth and the impact to the community while enjoying their delicious baklava!
—Joao Rocha ’24
Although Holi fell on March 8—in the middle of exams and International Experience preparations—the Student Life Committee made sure we celebrated it. After all, the festival marks the end of winter in a way. So we welcomed spring with colors and joy in April!
—Joysha Aggarwal ’24