“I wanted a program where I could apply my engineering background to finance. But, I also wanted a program with the freedom to learn what I wanted to learn, that didn’t pigeonhole me.”
MIT Sloan provides endless possibilities for entertainment and recreation on and off campus. The MIT Activities Committee (MITAC) offers discount tickets to arts and sporting events across the region, and the MIT Department of Facilities offers information about public transportation, shuttles, Zipcars, bicycles, and other ways to get to and from the cultural resources listed below.
Arts & Culture
The Cambridge – Boston area is famous for its cultural depth and diversity. Nowhere is that more evident than in the area’s museums and galleries, from the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art to Harvard’s many museums. The Cambridge art scene is especially vibrant, diverse, and pioneering, with the world-renowned American Repertory Theater just a few subway stops away in Harvard Square.
Food & Wine
Metropolitan Cambridge – Boston is a well-known destination for foodies. Restaurants here are famous for their diversity, innovation, and refinement — you’ll find feijoada, butecha, and caviar and everything in between close to the MIT campus. Don't forget to check the food pages of The Boston Globe for the latest news on cutting-edge cuisine in the region.
Historic New England
If you’re a history buff, you’ll find many fascinating sites in New England — from Boston’s Freedom Trail, which tracks key landmarks along the country’s path to independence, to Plymouth Rock, where the pilgrims settled.
You’ll find that this is a community serious about music. Local clubs, concert halls, and university auditoriums offer a dizzying array of styles — you could go out and hear different music every night of the week. Check the pages of The Boston Phoenix for music listings of contemporary music and jazz. If your taste runs to classical, the region offers dozens of world-class ensembles and orchestras ranging from the Boston Modern Orchestra Project to the world-renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra. The magical Tanglewood music complex in Western Massachusetts presents a wide range of music in a beautiful mountain setting.
The region offers excellent shopping opportunities, and two good places to start are Boston’s Back Bay and Newbury Street, where you’ll find the goods of exclusive designers and local artisans alike. Faneuil Hall and nearby Haymarket Square offer a marketplace vibe. In Cambridge, Massachusetts Avenue is lined with trendy shops from Central Square to Porter Square. You’ll also find malls, from the high-end Copley Place to the more affordable CambridgeSide Galleria, which runs a free shuttle from Kendall Square.
Sports & Recreation
Metropolitan Boston is known for both its athletes and its fans. If you like to ski, play tennis, climb mountains, sail, or surf, you’ll find yourself in good company. And team spirit is in the air all seasons of the year for the local professional hockey, basketball, soccer, baseball, and football teams. MITAC not only sells discount tickets to many games, but also organizes ski trips and other activities for members of the MIT community.
The weekly C-Functions (Cultural Functions), also known as “Consumption Functions,” are student-organized celebrations that have become a much-loved staple of after-hours fun. The events are open to the entire graduate community, including faculty and staff, and are held both on and off campus, depending on the evening's agenda. C-Functions are sometimes designed to celebrate the food and music of a particular culture and feature organized entertainment; at other times, they are informal opportunities to unwind and simply enjoy the company of fellow students. For MIT Sloan students with young families, C-Functions offer a number of child-friendly activities, including costume parties and picnics in the country. Whatever the theme, C-Functions are an integral part of the MIT Sloan experience. Ask any alum from across the globe about C-Functions and you are bound to hear a story or two about their favorites.
“I knew about American business, but not enough about what’s really become a global economy. … You can read about it all you want, but there’s no substitute for being there and seeing the context and seeing how completely different these [other countries] are.”
“One of the reasons I came to Sloan was because I wanted to be at a top MBA institution worldwide. But I also wanted access to working with the latest innovations and the highest technology that was coming out of the MIT labs.”
“We’re very interdisciplinary. Among the faculty in the group are an economist, a political scientist, a sociologist, and an industrial relations specialist. We’ve always made a big effort to be open to a variety of perspectives, but also to go beyond being open to them, to want to bring them in, because it makes for a richer environment.”
“It was really rewarding that they wanted to know what we thought. We left there being fairly certain that they will do some of the things that we suggested.”
"After we gave our recommendations, the great part was that the very next day the CEO was in the boardroom implementing them with his top vice presidents."
“Because of the diversity of our backgrounds, when we hit the ground in Tanzania it almost was a natural play where different people assume different roles.”
“The assistant to the CEO was like our host mom while we were there. She arranged our housing for us, she took us out to her friend’s game farm, and we got driven around in 4x4s. She was just wonderful to meet, and we developed a personal as well as professional relationship with her.”
"The classroom itself is filled with so much collective brain power . . . it's obvious that I'm caught up in a room full of 124 of the brightest, most curious people from around the world."
“The concept behind enterprise architecture is that you have all these machines, you have all these business processes, you have all these people doing things, how do you make sure they all come together and achieve business objectives that make you more competitive.”
“[The India Lab] program is one of the reasons I came to Sloan. ... The hands-on learning that MIT offers was a huge differentiator.”
“You could talk about watershed management and conservation of energy all you want. But until you put numbers to it and financial analysis to it, you’re not going to get much done. I came to business school to speak that language, speak with people in terms of numbers, financial numbers so that I can get projects done.”
“The conditions in the neighborhoods we were visiting were different than what we realized before getting there. Beyond that, what was surprising was that there weren’t surprises!”
“Our mission, along with the mission of MIT Sloan, is to both develop leaders who make a difference in the world, and also to make a contribution to thinking about the topic of leadership.”
“At MIT Sloan you have a lot of opportunities to explore entrepreneurship. Especially in a place like Kampala where you have a lot of development, entrepreneurship can be very exciting.”
“I love being in a place that is such a nexus of people and ideas — people coming to learn something new and to define themselves. Being a part of that process is a real honor and a real gift.”
"Perhaps our best asset is the research that MIT faculty generates and brings into the classroom. The faculty who come here are all research faculty."