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Wellness & Busyness Part 2: Interview with Allyson Dhindsa, Career Coach at Stern

This interview is a follow-up to our Wellness & Busyness article from November, in which we received an overwhelming response from students regarding their tactics to balance life, work, and attaining MBAs in a society that tends to glorify “busyness.” Allyson Dhindsa is an associate director in the Office of Career Development at Stern. She coaches full-time MBA students 1:1 as well as in groups, on attaining internships and full-time roles, particularly those with non-traditional backgrounds. She looked over our raw data (anonymous still) from the survey and sat down with me to give her thoughts on busyness in business school, from the perspective of a career coach.…

Maybe We Should Boycott Olympic Boycotts

This weekend, upon hearing the Biden administration’s bold move to announce a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics, I was thinking about the halcyon days of late 1979, when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, only to be met by the fierce international response of a U.S. boycott of the next year’s Summer Games in Moscow. Leonid Brezhnev and the Soviets cowered in the face of such a firm display of disapproval, and within weeks, the Soviets had left Afghanistan in one of the last great foreign policy achievements of the Carter administration.

What, what? Really?

Ok, so apparently this is less a major historical turning point and more a dream I, or possibly Jimmy Carter, had Sunday night.…

B-School Newspaper Coalition: December Roundup

Last semester, The Oppy wanted to reach out to other business school newspapers around the country to get a sense of how they’re running their papers. After countless emails and Zoom meetings, we have discovered that out of the top 20 MBA programs in the U.S., there are only three schools with still-active graduate business newspapers: HBS, Booth, and of course, yours truly, Stern. The three editors-in-chief from these newspapers decided to form a coalition and have been having monthly meetings to share ideas and content. The Oppy is going to share with you some of the best articles from their monthly issues.…

The Rise of Business Development Companies

Lately, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding business development companies and people’s preference toward them as opposed to investment banks. Business development companies are essentially publicly traded closed-end funds that provide capital appreciation and income. BDCs give smaller companies the capital they need for growth. They are independent and answer to their own board of directors. BDCs are a combination of an investment company and an operating company that provide financing to small- and mid-sized businesses.

Small to mid-sized businesses prefer BDCs to investment banks because investment banks are highly regulated by the Federal Reserve. BDCs represent a transparent portfolio of loans that can be traded publicly with little to no regulation.…

Chameleon Lifestyle

By Erin Pace

In the animal world, adaptation is key to survival and chameleons are king. Similarly, Adaptation is an aim on the Intercultural Development Continuum. The below continuum portrays the spectrum on which one’s intercultural competence may fall.  Most humans must consciously work to achieve Adaptation, the highest form of intercultural competence. 

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Source: Intercultural Development Inventory Report

The Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is the assessment that many of us took when we first arrived at Stern.* This test revealed where we fell on the above Intercultural Development Continuum. For the most part, we learned that we are not great at interacting with other cultures and we need to do better in order to thrive in our increasingly multicultural business and personal worlds.…

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