Student Perspectives

MIT Sloan Values

“The reason you come to this business school in the first place is because you want to be a leader in the world.”

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“The reason you come to this business school in the first place is because you want to be a leader in the world.”

“My first day at MIT Sloan, I said that although I came from a private industry, I was hoping to one day go into the public sector and serve as an elected official. And then, fast-forward to a year later — I ran for Cambridge City Council, and won.

“The MIT Sloan community was a great support network to me — both in terms of the logistics of running the campaign and putting the operation together on the ground. But, it was also the support network behind the scenes — helping push me to 'go for it' in the first place.”

Leland Cheung

“MIT Sloan is the place to be if you want to make an impact. I wanted to be at a place where I could personally make a difference.”

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“MIT Sloan is the place to be if you want to make an impact. I wanted to be at a place where I could personally make a difference.”

Veena Jayadeva

“What the people here at MIT have, without realizing it, is this driven desire to get things done — to execute. When we arrive, we're told what the culture of MIT is: 'Mind and Hand'. Putting that framework on a group of people who have that...

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“What the people here at MIT have, without realizing it, is this driven desire to get things done — to execute. When we arrive, we're told what the culture of MIT is: 'Mind and Hand'. Putting that framework on a group of people who have that innate desire to get things done just lights a spark — just pushes them over the edge. It makes clubs start up in less than a week, it makes new events spring from an idea in an off-hand conversation into something that actually takes place. That makes MIT Sloan so unique.”

Brian Liu

“I came to MIT Sloan to work on implementing energy solutions for emerging markets. I know the School has such a strong system for focusing on energy solutions as well as looking at international development.”

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“I came to MIT Sloan to work on implementing energy solutions for emerging markets. I know the School has such a strong system for focusing on energy solutions as well as looking at international development.

“I had been inspired by a trip — it sounds kind of cheesy — but I really had been inspired by a trip that I'd gone on to meet my father's side of the family in Nigeria. I was just struck by how impeded that area is — by the lack of access to a reliable source of energy.”

Christiana Obiaya

“One of the great things about MIT and MIT Sloan is that it's a meritocracy here. If you are passionate, if you are persistent, and you work really hard at something, you will be rewarded for it. That's one of the great things about MIT Sloan — is...

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“One of the great things about MIT and MIT Sloan is that it's a meritocracy here. If you are passionate, if you are persistent, and you work really hard at something, you will be rewarded for it. That's one of the great things about MIT Sloan — is that the people here are among the best in the world, and we'll leave it at that.”

Rob Lemos

“Before coming to MIT Sloan, I worked for the Mexican government as an orchid botanist. It was quite a different thing from most people here at Sloan, many of whom worked in investment banks or consulting firms, or jobs like that. My job actually...

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“Before coming to MIT Sloan, I worked for the Mexican government as an orchid botanist. It was quite a different thing from most people here at Sloan, many of whom worked in investment banks or consulting firms, or jobs like that. My job actually entailed going into the jungle in a Land Rover with a machete, looking for orchids. I was kind of a jungle explorer. Doing this, I discovered several new species of plants. I was able to channel the intellectual property that I created from my investigations to create a new company premised on the commercialization of new orchid species for international markets.

“Seeing that people like me can come to a school like this, and add value to a school like this, opens up a lot of people's minds. And I think that they become more open to pursuing different paths when they leave school. It gets them out of their comfort zone, out of their box.”

Dennis Szeszko

“At MIT Sloan, you will directly control and shape your experience. Leadership is a direct outcome of the experience. Everything that gets done here is a result of a student having some involvement in it. So if you want to change it, if you want...

Tarun Rathnam read more
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“At MIT Sloan, you will directly control and shape your experience. Leadership is a direct outcome of the experience. Everything that gets done here is a result of a student having some involvement in it. So if you want to change it, if you want to do something with your life, if you want to do something to grow the experience, not only for you, or you want to start a company, or whatever it is you want to do that takes initiative — this is the easiest place to do it. Everyone will double up on your initiative, everyone will fuel your fire, and everyone will give you all the resources you want to get things done.

“The answer 'no' is very, very rare from anyone in the MIT community. This is a place where, even if you don't think that you're the type of person who is going to be an upstart individual, who's going to go find a new interest and start something from scratch, you will.

“That's one huge differentiator that people don't talk about.”

Tarun Rathnam

"This was never just about getting a dream job. This is about me. Removing the grind of regular employment allowed the opportunity to learn and explore things about myself that I could not while on the job; a new job is just by-product of this...

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"This was never just about getting a dream job. This is about me. Removing the grind of regular employment allowed the opportunity to learn and explore things about myself that I could not while on the job; a new job is just by-product of this journey of discovery and self-challenge, surrounded by hundreds of talented people who share my drive and are willing to light my path.

We each feel whatever we were or were doing was not enough. We’re here to get to more. Along the way, there have been conversations with world-renowned professors, meetings with Tim Berners-Lee, and the opportunity to see the Dalai Lama."

Adetayo Akisanya