Imaginary Engineer - Yale SOM '08

Industrial Engineer dreaming of an MBA

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Orientation

Wow, business school is so much fun! I've been in New Haven for about a week and a half and I absolutely love it here. My class is extremely diverse (not many bankers/consultants) as I've met people from all industries from all over the world. I think it's impressive that there are 22 countries represented in such a small class size (~ 200). The statistic I remember most is that we have 38% women in our class, which is probably one of the highest of any MBA program in the US. I think it's also pretty cool that not many of my peers took the deferral opportunity. Everyone in the class of 2008 is eager to be here and despite the short term benefit of saving $20,000, people realize the long term rewards for earning the MBA one year earlier.

In case you're wondering, I'm a member of the awesome silver cohort. We're probably the most social cohort because I tend to see more silvers at the bars every night. My favorite bar so far is "Bar" because they brew their own beer and on Thursdays, it's only $1! The atmosphere reminds me of Raleigh's in Berkeley and it's always crowded.

Last week's orientation was fun but also exhausting because I met so many people at once. I've gotten better at introducing myself and giving a quick history of my life in less than 30 seconds. Sometimes, I have to study the facebook at night to remember all the names of people I met earlier.

A few highlights from Orientation:
-barbeque at Lighthouse Point, free beer and beautiful sunset
-Taste of New Haven, eating samples of food from all the local restaurants
-Lunch at the Yale Club, NYC
-Company Visit in NYC
-NYSE Reception on the trading floor
-Alumni panels
-Dean describing the new curriculum in detail and feeling the excitement and energy from faculty

I can tell this will be an amazing 2 years, I want to take advantage of every opportunity available. By the way, after buying nearly all my furniture from Ikea, I've become a pro at building anything. If anyone still needs help building that desk or drawer, I'm your man.

4 Comments:

  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger Marina said…

    We'll have to visit each other soon! Wow @ the % of women. I think we only have 34%

     
  • At 9:18 AM, Blogger i_will_make_it said…

    Wow. Go women! ;-)

    Glad to hear you're having a blast. Enjoy b-school!!!

     
  • At 10:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    sounds like you're having fun. :) maybe i'll make my way out to new haven sometime.
    -cat

     
  • At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey there Brownowski,

    Hope you don't mind asking. Did you Dad go to Cal in the '60's? I knew a guy with your surname in Hastings dorm (I think) at Cal. If my memory serves me correct, he was an engineering major. If this was your Dad, ask him about Dane and Charley Brown - (good memory test).

    mallet123@sbcglobal.net

     

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