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Posts published in “Issue 7: April 2021”

B-school Newspaper Coalition: Chicago Booth’s ChiBus

This year, The Oppy started to reach out to other business school newspapers around the country to get a sense of how they’re running their papers. After meeting with several editor-in-chiefs from MBA programs, we are excited to announce we will be forming a coalition with a small but hopefully growing group of top graduate business schools. We are planning to partner up for future events and feature students from our partner schools, starting with the editor-in-chief of Chicago Booth’s MBA newspaper the ChiBus, Vikram Venkat.


Vikram: ChiBus is the newspaper of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.…

Meet the Incoming LSG Co-Presidents!

By Courtney Ferguson & Dana Jones

After over a year of Zoom breakout rooms, socially-distanced coffee chats, and reminding professors to start the recording, Langone students can see the light at the end of this virtual learning tunnel (we hope!). As we eagerly await herd immunity and the return of a somewhat normal MBA experience, we can’t help but acknowledge the incredible ways Langone students have excelled during this time by continuing to support each other professionally and personally. This sense of community is what makes the Langone program so special, and why we can’t wait to embark on a new year as your co-presidents. …

Dear Oppy: April 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 [email protected] or fill this out, anonymously.

Received from a student:

Dear Oppy,

I am not in the FT or Langone program, where students are nicely slotted into color blocks to make lifelong friends. With Yacht Week looming in the near horizon, how do I ensure I can network – i.e. booze up with the right crew – before it is too late?

April Showers Bring…STERNSOUNDS!!

SternSounds | April 21 

A monthly playlist curated by the Stern student body, gathered and groove approved by The Oppy.

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April ’21 SternSounds Playlist

April showers bring…STERNSOUNDS! We’re back at it again with yet another SternSounds playlist, packed with submissions from you all! The winter coats have officially been put away and replaced with umbrellas and Benadryl, because what is with the pollen this spring?! Better allergies than another sickness going around though. 

At 100 songs, not including the duplicates of Taylor Swift’s Fearless re-release, this playlist is yet again just as diverse as we expected.…

Taking a Calculated Chance on Chess

By Adam Trodd

When I was 5 years old, my blonde bowl-cut and I stood fascinated as an older student from my school battled and enthusiastically checkmated one of his classmates. Instantly hooked. Cue a fateful domino effect in which the game of chess (life-to-date) would serve as an ever-present character in my life ‘s story.  Forrest Gump once said, “You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes…I’ve had lots of shoes.” Well, in when it comes to the case of yours truly – I’ve played lots of chess.

Today, I work for an organization called Thinking Cup Learning.…

Good Day Sunshine: Serene Outdoor Spaces to Enjoy

NY weather is notoriously bipolar, but things are looking up. We’re deep into the spring weather, and now would be a great time to get outside and enjoy it. Focus less on the rain and allergies and more on the sun and warmer temperatures.

A big reason why you’re studying at Stern, in the heart of the city, is because you love NYC and everything it offers. That and, if you’re full-time, you didn’t get into Columbia. Part of what NYC offers is escapism. The noise, the hurry, the bright lights, the hustle and bustle–it distracts from your loneliness, worries, any problem at all.…

The Graduate: Melissa Gow

“A career isn’t built in a day or week or a month or a year. Careers build over time, so have patience. But have perseverance, too. Each thing that happens is part of the journey – it’s about the long haul. That’s the way to build a successful career.” – Melissa Gow

The Oppy is reconnecting with some prominent NYU Stern alumni with our ‘Graduate’ series. Each month, we’ll interview notable alumni that have made an impact on their community and industry. 

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 

This month, The Oppy sat down with Melissa Gow (‘96), Managing Director at IHS Markit.…

Stern Faculty Spotlight: Nate Pettit

“It’s not about everybody becoming a CEO. It’s about hopefully having conversations that give people the courage to be true to themselves. And then when I see people being more true to themselves, that’s where I sit back and I’m just like, ‘I’m so freaking lucky that I get to do what I do.’” -Nate Pettit

This month’s Stern Faculty Spotlight features Nate Pettit, an associate Professor of Management and Organizations. He teaches the core course “Leadership in Organizations” in the full-time MBA program and serves as an advisor of the Leadership Development Program.

As the faculty representative for Stern Chats, Professor Pettit has been described as a foundational part of the MBA student podcast. …

The (St)Art of Public Speaking: How to Give and Receive Compliments

Some people are innately good at public speaking, but the rest of us, unfortunately, have to work at it. It has never been something I’ve felt proficient in, and thanks to some free time during the pandemic, it’s a skill I’m trying to develop. From reading books, to listening to podcasts, and sometimes talking to myself (all in the name of practice of course), I am sharing some things I learn in this series for The Oppy.


I know what you’re thinking… “What do compliments have to do with public speaking?” And you’re right, it doesn’t have anything  to do with formally presenting, but the art of being able to effectively give and receive compliments is key in compelling communication. …

I was almost lost in the pandemic — but not from Covid-19

By Amy Vinciguerra

I felt a jolt as the stretcher popped up. I was drifting in and out of consciousness, but awake long enough to hand my phone to my husband — watching his wife get strapped into a stretcher with tears in his eyes — and asked him to text my boss that I wouldn’t be at work that day. I’ll never forget the look on my husband’s face, but he did it. Our choices say a lot about our priorities. And this choice, to think of work before my husband beside me or my own health in that moment, has stayed with me since. …

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