Student Perspectives

The Core

“The Core was a lot of fun. Surprisingly for us, we had a group of six people who worked really well together. I couldn't have picked a more diverse group of people to work together on anything. There was someone strong in finance, someone strong...

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“The Core was a lot of fun. Surprisingly for us, we had a group of six people who worked really well together. I couldn't have picked a more diverse group of people to work together on anything. There was someone strong in finance, someone strong in econ, someone in accounting, someone in stats. It just meshed. I am the finance guy. I was the guy that if we had a problem with finance, it wasn't a matter of getting the answer right, as much as it was learning or teaching the rest of my Core teammates how to get that answer. It was a really great experience and gave me a really good transition into business school.

“The other thing with the Core is your team. It's more than just a group of people that you work with, it's literally the people that make up your lives for six months. For me, it's been the same people that have made up a lot of my life here since. I know that I'll be talking to my Core team when I'm thirty, forty, and fifty. They're going to be my best friends.”

 

Shobin Uralil

“The Core was, at times, challenging and tough, but also a lot of fun. I really just enjoyed meeting my fellow students and my Core team. And we determined at one point that we were from six different continents. It was just fascinating to hear...

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“The Core was, at times, challenging and tough, but also a lot of fun. I really just enjoyed meeting my fellow students and my Core team. And we determined at one point that we were from six different continents. It was just fascinating to hear about business customs in Japan, Australia, and Africa. Working together with my team may be what I enjoyed most about the Core. However, I found the whole spectrum, and the entire diversity of the Core, very valuable, and very well constructed.”

Max Jahn

“The Core was intense. They don't lie about that. It's intense. But that's not a scary thing. I feel that I came out of it a better person, for lack of a better term. I made a lot of really close friends. Now I can focus on what I want to focus...

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“The Core was intense. They don't lie about that. It's intense. But that's not a scary thing. I feel that I came out of it a better person, for lack of a better term. I made a lot of really close friends. Now I can focus on what I want to focus on. And I feel really equipped to take on all sorts of activities.”

Amanda Rottier

“The Core is a little bit of a test of whether you'll sink or swim, but to be honest, no one ever sinks. Really, it's your opportunity to discover, early on, what your strengths are, and what your challenges are, in a pretty intense environment....

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“The Core is a little bit of a test of whether you'll sink or swim, but to be honest, no one ever sinks. Really, it's your opportunity to discover, early on, what your strengths are, and what your challenges are, in a pretty intense environment. If you didn't do that right up front, you wouldn't make the best use of the rest of the time you have here. It really highlights where you could improve and what's working for you — what you enjoy and what you want to take away from here.”

Tarun Rathnam

“One of the most amazing and unique parts of the Core experience is the Core team. Much of what you learn at MIT Sloan is not in the classroom, but from the work and collaboration with your teammates. The rigorous demands of the Core semester...

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“One of the most amazing and unique parts of the Core experience is the Core team. Much of what you learn at MIT Sloan is not in the classroom, but from the work and collaboration with your teammates. The rigorous demands of the Core semester force you to trust and rely on your teammates’ diverse skills and abilities to be successful.”

 

Phela Townsend