Student Perspectives

The One-Semester Core

"The core gave me the basic 'toolkit' that I will need for the rest of the MBA, and hopefully for my professional career. Now is the time when you can choose which path to pursue depending on your interests. The opportunities are endless."

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"The core gave me the basic 'toolkit' that I will need for the rest of the MBA, and hopefully for my professional career. Now is the time when you can choose which path to pursue depending on your interests. The opportunities are endless."

Eduardo Tobias

"Bottom line: the Core is hardcore. Classes are analytically rigorous and intellectually stimulating, but there is so much that goes on outside of core. From extracurricular activities to recruiting events and social outings, my calendar is always...

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"Bottom line: the Core is hardcore. Classes are analytically rigorous and intellectually stimulating, but there is so much that goes on outside of core. From extracurricular activities to recruiting events and social outings, my calendar is always booked to capacity. While this is stressful at times, I am having the time of my life! Even a month into school, this experience has been life changing and I wouldn’t change anything.

"One thing an MIT Sloan experience will teach you, however, is how to manage your time effectively. From club leadership meetings to company presentations and marketlab client visits, I have learned how to be efficient in so many ways. But more importantly, the students here really make it a positive experience. Though the core semester is difficult from a rigor and time management perspective, the community is incredibly supportive and helpful—it makes life so much easier."

Isa Watson

"If you've discussed the Core with MIT Sloan students before, you've probably heard that the Core semester is the hardest semester. And partly that's true, because the Core was definitely an adjustment -- especially for many of us who hadn't been...

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"If you've discussed the Core with MIT Sloan students before, you've probably heard that the Core semester is the hardest semester. And partly that's true, because the Core was definitely an adjustment -- especially for many of us who hadn't been in a classroom in years. That said, I'm also finding our 2nd semester to be incredibly challenging, in the best possible way.

“Action learning is an integral part of your MIT Sloan experience, but it isn't as imbedded in the Core. The Core is business essentials, the building blocks you need for your MBA. But once the semester is over, you have free rein to build a schedule that helps you build the skills that you find most important. For me, that means testing my limits, trying new, challenging things that put me outside of my comfort zone."

Jocelyn Trigg

"The first semester core is a significant amount of work, but the professors are excellent and passionate about the subject matter. It is great to be able to learn from various dynamic teaching styles including case studies, team projects, class...

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"The first semester core is a significant amount of work, but the professors are excellent and passionate about the subject matter. It is great to be able to learn from various dynamic teaching styles including case studies, team projects, class discussions, and more. My cohort, or “ocean” as we call it here at MIT Sloan, has 65 awesome classmates from whom I have already learned a lot. We all take our first semester classes together. We are further subdivided into core teams of 7 people within our cohorts. I am lucky to be working with such a great core team of knowledgable and respectful people who all want to see each other succeed at MIT Sloan. I know that this is going to be a fun and educational two years."

“The Core is MIT Sloan’s approach to building the fundamentals, enabling the class to get a foothold in the most important topics in the program. Working closely with our core team, we tackle a variety of problems spanning a variety of fields over...

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“The Core is MIT Sloan’s approach to building the fundamentals, enabling the class to get a foothold in the most important topics in the program. Working closely with our core team, we tackle a variety of problems spanning a variety of fields over the 14-week period that will prepare us for whatever field we’re interested in diving into post-school.

“Our core teams consist of about 6-7 of us and are intended to be our little families for the first semester at MIT Sloan. They already feel that way for many of us, becoming some of our nearest and dearest in such a short time. Everyone I have spoken to seems to believe their core team is the greatest, but I’m pretty sure that’s only because they were not privileged enough to be in ours!"

Shaun Githuku

“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