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Posts published in “Issue 5: February 2022”

Stern Descends on Breckenridge for an Epic Ski Trip

By Guillaume Bouyoux and Anna Garrison

In the final days of winter break, over 180 Sternies took over Breckenridge, Colorado in honor of snow sports and mountain festivities. Friends reconnected, bankers and consultants re-emerged from interviews (or wrapped up final interviews in the early morning hours of Mountain Standard Time), hot tubs overflowed, skiers and snowboarders carved up Peaks 6-10,  and the TBar will never be the same. The week started with excellent groomed conditions, but things really picked up with Tuesday’s fresh powder dump which started around midnight and continued all day. Sternies flexed their unique interpretations of ski attire on the trip’s Costume Day (shoutout to the zebra, piñata, fairies, and the all-neon getups).…

Why We Loved Michelle Go

By Stern Class of 2010

Michelle Alyssa Go, Stern MBA Class of 2010, was killed in a senseless act of violence in Times Square on January 15th in a case that made national news.

Michelle Go hated attention. And yet there she was, a fifty-foot image of her smile lighting up Times Square. Down at the podium, the first in a long line of dignitaries queued up to speak at our friend’s vigil on a cold January night. They talked about what they had learned about her generous spirit, her brilliant mind, how she impacted her community through the Junior League and elsewhere.…

What? The Bengals are in the Super Bowl? Someone tell Deirdre!

One of the funny things about working in sports media for more than a decade is you assume everyone knows when the Super Bowl is. After all, over the past half century the NFL’s championship game has developed into less a sporting event than a cultural one, with more eyeballs often keyed on the commercials and halftime show than the football. I have generally figured the Super Bowl, if not on your social calendar, was at least in your general field of awareness.

Then I came to Stern and learned that, apparently, not everyone schedules their lives around football games. Whoops!…

Learning to Live with Imposter Syndrome

During my business school application process, which was pre-COVID, I visited Stern to learn about the MBA program, take a building tour, and most importantly put my name on whatever list the Admissions department keeps of prospective students who attend events. Something that I still remember from that day over two years ago are the people that I met. Not the then-current Stern students leading the event, but the other potential applicants. Two in particular stuck out to me; I don’t know their names, but I do remember their stories. One was a lawyer from South America who had just arrived in New York and had all of his suitcases with him, and another had started her own fashion company and totally looked the part of someone on the cutting edge of fashion.…

Dear Oppy: February 2022

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

The 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.

Now that I’m done with recruiting, what should I do with all my new free time? I’m so used to having a ridiculously packed schedule, and now I’m bored.


Aimless & Bored

Dear Aimless,

The answer is clear: Start looking for a new job.…

Reactions to Remote Learning

Coming back from winter break to, in some cases, entirely virtual classes has caused a wide range of reactions from Sternies. Some are all for remote learning, some are entirely against it and others would like a hybrid option. Mixed feelings, such as the frustration of not being able to meet with our peers and professors, and relief over reducing the risk of exposure to Omicron, abound. One thing is clear though, we all want to be with those we have forged special connections with in a safe environment and in a way that enhances the Stern experience, not only for current MBA students but also for future generations. …

Highs and Lows of my MBA experience

By: Gordon Fan

The most memorable part of my MBA was my summer internship with Amazon in Seattle. It was an eye-opener to work with luxury coffee machine brands as a vendor manager for three months, from managing entire business brands to experiencing big-tech burnout corporate culture. I also made new friends from other MBA schools and strengthened bonds with my own classmates. We would all discuss our “10-pager final documents” while hiking on Mount Rainier. As a New Yorker, it was awesome to live the west-coast lifestyle.

The not-so-great part of our MBA was of course navigating social scenes during a pandemic.…

Stern Singles Presents: Aakoo Hans

Folks, Valentine’s Day is a-coming and we have another edition of Stern Singles for you. We are excited to introduce Stern bachelor, Aakoo Hans. If you would like to nominate a classmate (or yourself) for future features of the Stern Spotlight, please email the Oppy staff at or fill out this form.

I had the good fortune of meeting Aakoo a few weeks ago on the Stern Ski Trip. Being one of the few other Langone students on the trip, we infiltrated the full-timer groups and partied as if we weren’t returning to full time jobs and being inundated with work emails.

Stern Singles Presents: Elena Politiski

Sternie testimonials:

“Elena is smart, funny, and an overall great person. She’s  extremely down to earth and chill and the type of person that’s always down to talk and build her friends up!” 

“Elena’s the best. She was one of my first friends at Stern and I’ve been lucky enough to work with her in a few different classes since we started the program in 2020. She was a lifesaver during our Accounting class, and her positive attitude and sense of humor give me something to look forward to every day when I show up to class or group projects. Most importantly, I’m grateful to have her in my life, and anyone who’s lucky enough to meet her will be eager for the opportunity to get to know her better.” 

Stern Somebody: Michael Modak-Truran

Michael Modak-Truran is a J.D./ M.B.A. at Stern. Growing up, he was inspired by his parents who are both lawyers and is now pursuing specializations in intellectual property and technology law, media & entertainment, and business strategy. In addition to his school work, Michael is also taking on an ambitious project of directing the first and only authorized feature documentary about William Faulkner, a Nobel Prize winning author. Featuring Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts as Faulkner, the film is nearly finished after 5 years in the making. I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Michael where we spoke more about his background, interest in law and passion for storytelling.…

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