How will you get the most out of your MIT Sloan experience? The Admissions Office asked seven MBA members of the Class of 2013 whether they had any advice for incoming MIT Sloan MBA students. As you will see, the comments vary somewhat, but the graduates all have insightful thoughts on the subject.
Here’s what they said:
-- Keep your mind open but don’t necessarily try to do everything. Be selective and make choices with purpose. If you tried to take advantage of every opportunity at MIT Sloan, you’d be here for a decade!
-- Come in with a purpose and stay true to it while simultaneously being flexible. There is so much opportunity here and so many directions that there is no way to do everything. Think carefully about what you want to do in the future and choose courses to take accordingly. Don’t join too many clubs. Keep your eyes on the prize. Prioritize. Don’t be skeptical about soft skills. As the head of Nokia said, “Culture eats strategy for lunch.”
-- Get to know your classmates. I was genuinely surprised at the variety of work and cultural experiences of my fellow students. Everyone has a unique and interesting background. The diversity this presents in class significantly enhances one’s learning experience.
-- A good friend of mine gave me this advice: You can assume that your first year will be very busy. You will want to do everything and get overextended. It helps to have a good sense ahead of time of what you want to get out of business school. But don’t get stuck. Keep your eyes open. Stay hungry. Experience all you can and get involved across MIT, not just at MIT Sloan. Go to the Infinite Corridor and read the bulletin boards.
-- First, the most valuable assets you will leave here with are the relationships that you build. Prioritize first the formation of bonds with your classmates. Second, get the most out of every class, but do not focus exclusively on grades. Finally, force yourself on a weekly if not daily basis to venture far outside of your comfort zone where you will most efficiently and impactfully develop both personally and professionally.
-- Before you arrive on campus, think seriously about what you want to walk away with from MIT Sloan. Know that once you will arrive it will be crazy and hectic and there will be many possibilities that entice you. Don’t follow the herd. Stay true to what you want to do. Find ways to make it work for you.
-- Be open. You can meet every single person at the school. It will take a little effort but you can do it. And I assure you that you will be blown away. Be genuine. Even if you have an unpopular view that challenges people to think differently, that’s a valuable asset. Keep your feet on the ground. Take time to reflect. Try new things but realize that you can’t do everything. You may not ever have two years like this to explore. Soak it all up and realize how fortunate you are.
-- Harriet Barnett, Admissions Advisor