Student Profile: Living in New Haven
Alejandro Gomez '12
Pre-SOM Employer: Bloomberg
Internship: Mark Ventures, Buenos Aires
I was born in BogotŠ, Colombia, and grew up in Miami. After college, I lived in Buenos Aires, where I got a master's in international economic relations, and then worked for Bloomberg in New York City and S„o Paulo. I visited clients in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela, and had the chance to do some business development. I discovered that I got a thrill out of building a product and working on my own project. That was a big motivation for me to go to business school.
I was applying from Brazil, which meant that I had limited time to visit schools, so it was easy to get overwhelmed by what all the different schools had to offer. Then I came to Yale SOM. I sat in on Sourcing and Managing Funds, and two professors with very different backgrounds and different focuses were teaching together and presenting a more complete understanding of that aspect of the curriculum. That made sense to me.
I live in downtown New Haven. I ride my bike to class every day, and I get to ride through the beautiful gothic architecture of the Yale campus. Last winter, I biked in the snow, even though Iím from Miami.
When I lived in New York, I loved going out to theater, to restaurants, but it always ended up being a complicated, expensive endeavor. Here it's just handed to you. I have a season pass to the Yale Repertory Theatre. The Yale Philharmonic Orchestra is free. The Yale Art Gallery is a block and a half from my apartment. I like to go there after studying and just roam around this world-class museum.
Interviewed on January 21, 2011.