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  • It’s not often a small business school newspaper gets to interview a key New York figure like Brandon Stanton. Brandon created Humans of New York in 2010, when he moved to New York City with not much more than a camera and an innovative mind. I’ll let him tell you his story.

    DK: Hi Brandon! Thank you so much for talking to me today. This is a massive honor for The Stern Opportunity because, whether you like it or not, you are a New York legend, and NYU prides itself on being New York, through and through. We all know you as the creator and nurturer of Humans of New York (HONY), but of course you’re so much more than that.

    Deirdre Keane September 25, 2021
  • This month marked a significant milestone for the Stern community as it navigates (hopefully) the final stages of the Covid-19 Pandemic in New York City. While some in-person classes were taught over the course of the summer, with others still remote, the Fall 2021 Semester has seen in-person classes and on-campus learning return full throttle.

    Walking through a bustling Washington Square Park filled with street performers and undergrads eating their lunch or sitting in a full KMC classroom, masked though we all may be, are significant milestones that also require a very real mental shift. For some of us, our Stern educations have been exclusively online or close to it.…

    David Kalan September 25, 2021
  • At Stern, we love nothing more than to celebrate the success stories of our peers and friends. But more often than not, our struggles proved to be more pertinent and more powerful than our achievements. For most of us, recruiting for summer internships was a less than pleasant experience, especially for those who aren’t pursuing traditional MBA jobs. Every rejection felt like failure. And what’s worse– many of us felt alone. For the first issue of the new school year, we reached out to MBA2s to anonymously share their recruiting journeys, both the good and the very awful, and the valuable lessons they learned along the way.

    Oppy Staff September 26, 2021
  • Matt Malenky is an MBA 2 specializing in entertainment media and strategy and is now recruiting for consulting and media. He spent his summer interning through the NYU SternWorks program, which allows Stern graduate students to receive compensation in internships that do not traditionally pay. In today’s feature, Matt shares his experience at PEN America.

    By Matthew Malenky

    I wanted to do a SternWorks internship for three reasons: it was new to me, it was impactful for me, and it was a lot of fun. I came to Stern to try new things, and I’d never worked in the non-profit sector before.…

    Oppy Staff September 25, 2021
  • I have a confession to make. As The Oppy was taking its summer vacation, I wasn’t really experiencing much of a vacation. You see, my wife and I bought a house. At long last, a place to display all of my bobblehead dolls without the love of my life having to actually see them! It’s the dream. But the interesting revelation is that we’re finding houses, be they literal or governmental, are full of $urpri$e$. It’s almost as if, to get things functioning normally rather than just slapping a band-aid on structural issues, you have to spend more money than you want to.…

    David Kalan September 26, 2021
  • We are proud to continue our agony advice column, Dear Oppy: B-School Advice for the Everyday Sternie – “real questions, terrible advice.”

    Oppy can be quite Stern at times but is here to answer the queries and qualms of all MBA students so send them his/her/their way at oppy@stern.nyu.edu or fill this out, anonymously.

    Dear Oppy, 

    I have gotten myself into a tale as old as time. I was living life to my fullest value proposition this summer – interning and swiping. My click-through rate on Bumble was exceeding all forecasted impressions. My demand was outweighing supply, if you will. I was an entrepreneur in heat (I’m not entirely sure what that means just yet.

    Oppy Staff September 26, 2021
  • I received a text from one of my friends in July, asking how I would feel if I were to have been nominated for Humans of New York and if the creator, Brandon Stanton, wanted to interview me. As with any true friendship, I thought I was being pranked and ignored it. Only after documented proof (thank goodness for screenshots) did I come around to realizing this was not a joke. A group of my friends had gotten together and emailed Brandon a bio about me and why they felt I was a New Yorker whose story should be shared. That email was one of the kindest things ever written about me.…

    Deirdre Keane September 25, 2021
  • Even in the era of Covid, business school can be such an insular or intimate experience that we sometimes forget our classmates lived whole lives before we met them. Of course, that’s no major revelation, and most of us are the logical sum of our experiences. 

    Some of us, however, have lived a life wholly different from the one we inhabit now. Langone student Ryan Bedell is one such person, having grown up a deeply devout Catholic before choosing to leave the Church as an adult. It is hardly rare for people to become less religious as they grow up, but Bedell experienced a profound transformation as he gradually realized the tenets and principles of his faith no longer resonated with him.…

    David Kalan September 26, 2021
  • The Oppy staff is proud to continue a feature called “Stern Somebody,” telling the stories of remarkable classmates and how they became the exceptional people they are today.

    Henry Mumford is an MBA2 at NYU Stern. He graduated from Harvard in 2013 with a degree in economics and a solid education in lacrosse and a cappella. Prior to coming to Stern, he worked in finance and media. He now lives on Long Island with his wife and dog. He interned at BCG over the summer and will be going back full time after graduation.

     I knew the name “Henry Mumford” long before I ever met him.

    Deirdre Keane September 26, 2021
  • “To me, balancing flavors is like if there’s a lot of spice, a little sugar is going to allow you to create more depth. If something is very fatty, or buttery, you need to round it out with acid. So I always think about debit and credit–now I have four different things I’m trying to balance.”

    This month’s Stern Faculty Spotlight features Professor Julian Yeo, Clinical Associate Professor of Accounting at Stern. His research focuses on how accounting numbers are mapped into equity valuation.

    Prior to Stern, Professor Yeo was a full-time faculty member at Columbia Business School and the University of Melbourne, and was a recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Stern Distinguished Teaching Award.…

    Stacy Chen September 26, 2021
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THE STERN OPPORTUNITY

Meet Brandon Stanton, creator of Humans of New York

It’s not often a small business school newspaper gets to interview a key New York figure like Brandon Stanton. Brandon created Humans of New York in 2010, when he moved to New York City with not much more than a camera and an innovative mind. I’ll let him tell you his story.

DK: Hi Brandon! Thank you so much for talking to me today. This is a massive honor for The Stern Opportunity because, whether you like it or not, you are a New York legend, and NYU prides itself on being New York, through and through. We all know you as the creator and nurturer of Humans of New York (HONY), but of course you’re so much more than that.

Covid Journals: We’re Back!

This month marked a significant milestone for the Stern community as it navigates (hopefully) the final stages of the Covid-19 Pandemic in New York City. While some in-person classes were taught over the course of the summer, with others still remote, the Fall 2021 Semester has seen in-person classes and on-campus learning return full throttle.

Walking through a bustling Washington Square Park filled with street performers and undergrads eating their lunch or sitting in a full KMC classroom, masked though we all may be, are significant milestones that also require a very real mental shift. For some of us, our Stern educations have been exclusively online or close to it.…

Recruiting Hell

At Stern, we love nothing more than to celebrate the success stories of our peers and friends. But more often than not, our struggles proved to be more pertinent and more powerful than our achievements. For most of us, recruiting for summer internships was a less than pleasant experience, especially for those who aren’t pursuing traditional MBA jobs. Every rejection felt like failure. And what’s worse– many of us felt alone. For the first issue of the new school year, we reached out to MBA2s to anonymously share their recruiting journeys, both the good and the very awful, and the valuable lessons they learned along the way.

SternWorks Internship

Matt Malenky is an MBA 2 specializing in entertainment media and strategy and is now recruiting for consulting and media. He spent his summer interning through the NYU SternWorks program, which allows Stern graduate students to receive compensation in internships that do not traditionally pay. In today’s feature, Matt shares his experience at PEN America.

By Matthew Malenky

I wanted to do a SternWorks internship for three reasons: it was new to me, it was impactful for me, and it was a lot of fun. I came to Stern to try new things, and I’d never worked in the non-profit sector before.…

When the Manchin comes around

I have a confession to make. As The Oppy was taking its summer vacation, I wasn’t really experiencing much of a vacation. You see, my wife and I bought a house. At long last, a place to display all of my bobblehead dolls without the love of my life having to actually see them! It’s the dream. But the interesting revelation is that we’re finding houses, be they literal or governmental, are full of $urpri$e$. It’s almost as if, to get things functioning normally rather than just slapping a band-aid on structural issues, you have to spend more money than you want to.…

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