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Posts published in “Volume 58”

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. …

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