When Paul Bashir ’19 arrived on campus at Yale SOM, he felt he was already a part of the community. Bashir, a student in the inaugural class of the new master’s degree in Global Business and Society (GBS), took a trip with other GBS students to New York the week before Orientation started to get to know his future colleagues. He also connected with an MBA student from Austria—Bashir’s home country—who gave him a place to stay until his apartment was ready.
By the time Orientation began, Bashir said, he felt like he already had a taste for the culture of Yale SOM.
“Orientation almost felt like a review of the things I had heard about SOM, and it was great,” Bashir said. “On top of that, we were alongside the MAM [Master of Advanced Management] and MMS in System Risk students, which was really great because you get a sense of the diversity and talents people have. You’re here, you’re networking, and you’re already growing. It was all just really quite impressive.”