Student Perspectives

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“Since coming to MIT Sloan, I have stayed focused on the general sector of energy solutions for emerging markets. But my career focus has changed entirely. And I think I owe all of that to absorbing the collective experiences of my classmates....

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“Since coming to MIT Sloan, I have stayed focused on the general sector of energy solutions for emerging markets. But my career focus has changed entirely. And I think I owe all of that to absorbing the collective experiences of my classmates. Prior to MIT Sloan, I had worked in engineering and marketing. I was very anti-finance.

“But in talking to people in the industry and to classmates who had come from the energy industry and from infrastructure finance — I was like, wow, this is a really important aspect of what I'm interested in getting into. Both on a small scale, like with Gant Distributed Energy Solutions, and on a larger scale, on infrastructure type of solutions. So I thought, okay, maybe I should at least give it a try — start taking some more classes in this area. And, it turns out, I really loved it.”

Christiana Obiaya

"The Financial Engineering Proseminar is set up as a practicum, where we split up into groups and do a project for a real company. The project was challenging on multiple levels." First, we had to gain clarity on exactly what was expected of us...

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"The Financial Engineering Proseminar is set up as a practicum, where we split up into groups and do a project for a real company. The project was challenging on multiple levels." First, we had to gain clarity on exactly what was expected of us from our sponsoring company. Second, there were specific skills we had to learn in order to accomplish our goals. Third, and most important, was team dynamics. We all came from different backgrounds and had different skills and experiences. We didn’t always have the same expectations on what to deliver for the project and had different personal goals for the class. In the end we pulled it out and were able to put together a great presentation as well as deliver something that we felt was valuable for the company. What did I gain from it? A valuable experience where we had to deliver on a very open-ended assignment with people of disparate backgrounds in an area of finance I had limited knowledge of.”

Caleb Cha

“I chose MIT Sloan for very concrete reasons. When I was doing venture capital here, we were always getting proposals from people who had graduated from different business schools. At the time, MIT Sloan wasn't at the top of my list...."

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“I chose MIT Sloan for very concrete reasons. When I was doing venture capital here, we were always getting proposals from people who had graduated from different business schools. At the time, MIT Sloan wasn't at the top of my list.

“But I noticed a pattern over time. The business plans and proposals that I got from students who went to MIT Sloan were just an order of magnitude better than those received from anywhere else. They showed extensive thinking through of all the variables, an understanding of the market, thinking about how you'd do operations, and had really well fleshed-out financial plans.

“After seeing that, over and over, and then digging in to find out why is it that students from MIT Sloan were so much better at pitching us as venture capitalists — I really decided that MIT Sloan was my top choice.”

“What surprised me is just how much of the learning ties into things you do outside of the classroom. In terms of being involved with clubs or trips to foreign countries, where you're doing mini-consulting engagements, or working with other people from the school on $100K projects. There's just a lot of stuff going on at MIT Sloan besides what's going on inside the classroom — that really contributes and enhances what you actually learn while in the classroom.”

Leland Cheung

“What is unique about the Finance Track at MIT Sloan is the ability to specialize in a particular discipline within finance and the quality of the faculty is second to none. Whether you want to pursue a career in banking, the buy side, or sales...

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“What is unique about the Finance Track at MIT Sloan is the ability to specialize in a particular discipline within finance and the quality of the faculty is second to none. Whether you want to pursue a career in banking, the buy side, or sales and trading, there are faculty members who have experience in the industry, or are thought leaders with a tremendous network which they are more than happy to share with their students.”

Dan Espinal

"After ten amazing days on the ground and six days working with our G-Lab client, I’m happy to report that our team is having the experience of a lifetime. The days have been packed with both work and play, the highlights of which include...

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"After ten amazing days on the ground and six days working with our G-Lab client, I’m happy to report that our team is having the experience of a lifetime. The days have been packed with both work and play, the highlights of which include successfully presenting our remote work product to the client executives, interviewing and dining with Brazilian venture capitalists, (attempting) to learn Portuguese from our new Brazilian friends, hang gliding over the Brazilian coastline, and of course spending time at the amazing beaches. To recap, our team is working with Ideiasnet (a Brazilian VC firm) on a scenario analysis that will conceptually illustrate how the VC ecosystem in Brazil could evolve over the next 5-10 years.

As we continue interviewing venture capitalists active in Brazil, the value of MIT Sloan’s action learning model has become incredibly evident. At the beginning of last semester, our G-Lab team had only a basic working knowledge regarding the underlying strategies and mechanics involved in raising and managing venture funds. A few months later, we have found ourselves having detailed technical discussions with experienced VCs regarding the nuts and bolts of their funds. It has been a truly enriching experience to develop this degree of domain knowledge at such an accelerated pace – thank you MIT Sloan!"

Nicholas Holda

“The faculty behind the Finance Track is committed to meet the practical needs of MIT Sloan students in finance. The Track provides an introduction to finance recruiting, access to finance professionals, and real perspective on what to expect in...

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“The faculty behind the Finance Track is committed to meet the practical needs of MIT Sloan students in finance. The Track provides an introduction to finance recruiting, access to finance professionals, and real perspective on what to expect in finance careers. The Finance Track also provides the tools necessary to be successful short-term in recruiting and long-term in building a career in finance.”

Ajamu Kitwana

“Second semester, second year: I'm in a classroom with the man who literally wrote the [text] book. To have that exposure to somebody in the field with such prominence, and is so accomplished, and to be able to be that close to him, and ask...

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“Second semester, second year: I'm in a classroom with the man who literally wrote the [text] book. To have that exposure to somebody in the field with such prominence, and is so accomplished, and to be able to be that close to him, and ask questions, and learn from him — essentially one-on-one in some cases — has been pretty amazing. I hadn't taken a finance class before I came to MIT Sloan. And now I'm debating the nuances of different valuation techniques and different ways of getting the beta, and all these things that were completely foreign to me. That demonstrates the amount that you can learn in such a short period of time with really motivated classmates and with great material, and great professors.”

Tim Lawton

“One of the beautiful things about MIT Sloan is the number of opportunities you have to get involved and explore. When I was assessing different business schools that's what I wanted. Entrepreneurship and energy were two things that I was very...

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“One of the beautiful things about MIT Sloan is the number of opportunities you have to get involved and explore. When I was assessing different business schools that's what I wanted. Entrepreneurship and energy were two things that I was very interested in, and MIT is the leader among all universities in the United States in both.”

Rob Lemos

“I have never been in an environment where the learning styles enable you to just absorb everything, and yet you're laughing every day and just having a great time. That’s for me, that’s fun.”

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“I have never been in an environment where the learning styles enable you to just absorb everything, and yet you're laughing every day and just having a great time. That’s for me, that’s fun.”

Brian Liu

"This semester, as part of my leadership credits, I have undertaken the course 'EnActing Leadership: Shakespeare and Performance'. We are performing Shakespeare's epic play, 'Hamlet' which recounts the story of a flawed hero...

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"This semester, as part of my leadership credits, I have undertaken the course 'EnActing Leadership: Shakespeare and Performance'. We are performing Shakespeare's epic play, 'Hamlet' which recounts the story of a flawed hero who in spite of having the authority and resources fails to act on time. Sounds familiar doesn't it? I was initially very skeptical about relating acting and management, but come to think of it, now this course is probably the best that one could take. The opportunity to study non-business subjects at a B-School was a big factor behind me in selecting MIT Sloan, and my choice has been vindicated. I am at MIT Sloan and yet the opportunities have ensured that I still get time to appreciate literature too." Read full blog here: http://mitsloanblog.typepad.com/mba2014/

Kartik Prasad Mishra

“The great part about organizing study tours is that you shape what you study and what you learn, as well as who you interact with and who you meet with on the ground. These leadership opportunities shape the experience that I have, as well as...

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“The great part about organizing study tours is that you shape what you study and what you learn, as well as who you interact with and who you meet with on the ground. These leadership opportunities shape the experience that I have, as well as that of my fellow students.

“Outside of MIT Sloan, there’s little opportunity to do something like this. Here, you're supported. Not only financially supported, in terms of subsidizing the cost of the travel and accommodation when we're in a country, but more importantly — in connecting us with great resources at MIT Sloan, across the MIT campus, and then in the wider Boston area. It's another example of why it's so great to be at a school in Boston — where there's such a vibrant, large, and diverse academic community.

“Where else can you learn about an issue that you're really passionate about and bring along 17 of your great friends to do it with you?”

“While at MIT Sloan, I've been co-leader on two international study tours: one to Southeast Asia and one to Africa. Both looked at access to capital — the way in which capital can be a catalyst for entrepreneurship and innovation in emerging markets. Leveraging MIT contacts, we met with some incredible fund managers and entrepreneurs and got an amazing view of what it's like to invest, to work in, and to be an entrepreneur in these countries.

“Study tours provide an incredible opportunity for students to travel throughout the world and blend that experience with some classroom learning.”

Chris Mitchell

"There are many aspects of my MBA experience at MIT Sloan that I love. Among my personal favorites is the amount of travel that the program affords, especially to places in the world I have never been. Global Entrepreneurship Lab, part of the...

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"There are many aspects of my MBA experience at MIT Sloan that I love. Among my personal favorites is the amount of travel that the program affords, especially to places in the world I have never been. Global Entrepreneurship Lab, part of the Action Learning curriculum, is one such example and connects students with entrepreneurs in places all over the world - in far away places, such as Senegal, Dubai and Vietnam. As part of the class, I, along with a team of three classmates, was fortunate to be matched with Nektra, a talented software development company located in Buenos Aires, Argentina."

Ido Salama

“I'm doing the finance track at MIT Sloan, where I'm concentrating on corporate finance. And what I'm learning in those classes is directly applicable to our business in Tanzania.”

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“I'm doing the finance track at MIT Sloan, where I'm concentrating on corporate finance. And what I'm learning in those classes is directly applicable to our business in Tanzania.”

Jukka Valmiki