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Posts published in “Issue 3: November 2020”

Dear Oppy: November 2020

We are proud to continue our agony advice column, Dear Oppy: B-School Advice for the Everyday Sternie.

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 way at

Dear Oppy,

I’m so nervous for virtual recruiting this year. In addition to the stress of normal years, Zoom is adding another layer of complexity. What should my background look like? When should I go on mute? And most importantly, what should I wear? 


Gloom and Zoom

Dear Gloom,

The key to impressing at a recruiting event is standing out while also demonstrating professional fit with the company’s culture.…

Leading Through Crisis

By Ariella Herman

I spent the first nine years of my career working for early-stage companies, seeking to acquire top tier talent through uniquely marketed “company culture.”  Culture was centered around beer on tap and sponsored lunches.  However, the appeal of joining a startup for the modern, sleek open office filled with young talent, the weekly happy hours and casual office wear suddenly came to a screeching halt in March of 2020.  Suddenly company culture needed to be reevaluated, and the organizations that would survive the global health crisis were those that stood behind true values and that put their employees above all else.  …

Covid Journals: Year of the Rat Redux

By Mara Sirbu

During the Fall 2020 Semester, The Oppy will be publishing submissions from members of the Stern community about how the Covid-19 Pandemic has impacted their experience in and out of the program. If you wish to write about your own experience, please e-mail us at 

The following entry comes from Langone student Mara Sirbu.

On January 23, 2020 the editor-in-chief of the Oppy (the one and only, Deirdre Keane) reached out to ask me if I’d be willing to write an article about my experience living through the Hong Kong protests – and later followed up with a bonus ask to write about my experience living through the beginnings of Covid-19 in Asia. …

Letter from the Editor: November 2020

This is becoming monotonous, wouldn’t you agree? “Another month of virtual learning, Stern is resilient, and we will continue to succeed!” Blah, blah, blah. Yeah, I’m over it, too.

Yet, here we are. There’s no other choice, and I must say we are doing the best we can. I’ve been trying to be more intentional and have been attending all the virtual and outdoor events I can. A Biergarten you say? In November? Ok, I’ve got my turtleneck, sweater, fleece, and down coat on. Let’s go. I may lose sensation in my fingers, despite the mittens, but the company is great and that’s what I’m here for.…

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