Student Perspectives

MIT Sloan Values

"I came into business school with a few concrete goals–mostly around filling specific knowledge/skills gaps I’d identified in myself over the years, networking, traveling international as much as possible, and finally getting to experience things...

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"I came into business school with a few concrete goals–mostly around filling specific knowledge/skills gaps I’d identified in myself over the years, networking, traveling international as much as possible, and finally getting to experience things I’d put off for far too long. But, the longer that I’m here, the more I’m realizing what these two years really are: a self-incubation period you gift yourself.

"I think there’s this misconception that business school is a constant party where you network and drink like crazy, where classes are just “fluffy”. Perhaps it’s like that other schools, but I certainly don’t feel like that’s the case here at MIT Sloan. Don’t get me wrong – there’s daily socializing and networking here too (MIT really isn’t the nerd-fest that Hollywood portrays it to be!). But, there’s also an insane amount of learning that occurs both inside and outside the classroom – if you open yourself to it."

Ankita Kaul

"I can guarantee you that you will not find people like the ones that are here at MIT Sloan within the walls of the other top institutions. We are a family, and each contributes what they can to help their other family members succeed. This is the...

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"I can guarantee you that you will not find people like the ones that are here at MIT Sloan within the walls of the other top institutions. We are a family, and each contributes what they can to help their other family members succeed. This is the essence of humble brilliance; the willingness to help and be helped.


"This sentiment is one that is absolutely pervasive throughout the school.  Like, people can’t possibly be this helpful, I mean, getting in here was so competitive, the competition has to continue once you get here, right?  Wrong… I have worn out my keyboard, writing professors and students and the dude from the place where you buy your books, and every time, a response. Every time, help was offered when I needed it.


"MIT Sloan is a place where you don’t have to be afraid to ask questions, there is always help.  But more importantly, MIT Sloan is a place where no one’s own self-importance gets in the way of them asking a question that needs to be asked. And, in the end, it is those that are willing to ask and willing to learn that will end up with the lives worth living."

John Mahler

“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...

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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