Last week we had SIP week, which is the Sloan Innovation Period. A lot of my classmates went on the Asia Finance Trek and they can tell you more about that. I was stuck in Cambridge, doing something I love to do, row. I am the captain of the varsity rowing team here at MIT, and our biggest race of the fall is the Head of the Charles. The Head of the Charles is a weekend-long affair that attracts over 8000 athletes every year, not to mention thousands of spectators. It is the single largest regatta (rowing competition) in the world.
I was in the Championship Eight with the MIT team, and we were racing against some of the best crews in the entire world, include the US and German national teams, as well as every top collegiate crew in the country. We raced hard and were happy with the results, but mostly the fall doesn't really matter for us. Our real racing comes in the spring, and when it comes around I will be happy to share with you.
I have three huge projects due in the next two weeks, so I will not be sleeping a lot, not that I do anyways. After that, I will be back to let you know how they all went and give you an update on the classes I am taking.
A lot of people have been asking me whether or not they have enough experience to apply to the program, or whether getting an extra degree at another university will give them a boost with admissions. I honestly don't know the answer, I'm not part of the admissions department, but what I can tell you is that a large portion of the students in our program are right out of undergraduate studies and have little to no real world experience past a few internships. What I would definitely encourage all of you to do is apply and have confidence in your accomplishments. They may seem smaller than some of the other people applying, but showing your passion for Sloan, MIT, finance, and math will push you ahead. As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.