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Posts published in “Issue 1: September 2021”

Dear Oppy: September 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 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.

Life Lessons I learned from HONY founder, Brandon Stanton

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.…

Stern student Ryan Bedell discusses transition from believer to atheist in new memoir

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.…

Stern Somebody Presents: Henry Mumford

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.

Stern Faculty Spotlight: Julian Yeo

“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.…

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