Final thoughts to my Sloanies

A few hundred new friends. It’s been 2 fabulous years. From Sloan student government to Sloan’s Class Gift committee, from piloting an amazing group of first years to TAing a couple of classes, from taking trips together to the Caribbean, South America and Asia, I have learned so many intricate details about my classmate’s lives. We may not have accomplished everything we wanted in our short two years, but we have grown, we have shown our potential and we can’t stop dreaming to change the world.

I re-read my Sloan essays recently – the ones about being a Principled Innovative Leader, and about how Sloan will help me accomplish my goals. I personally wrote about trying to pursue a venture in education for low-income students. I wrote about my low risk tolerance, my immense love for defined structure, my fear for the unknown, and subsequently how Sloan would instill in me the confidence to succeed.

Two years later, where do I stand? Much more confident from an analytical, financial and strategic mindset, but instead of launching a company, I’ll be heading to work as a Product Manager at a large tech company – a little different than my initial aspirations. And this is something similar in many of my classmates – we are still trying to find the right path to ultimately work on the problems we aspire to solve. It takes baby steps to eventually become that CEO. And to be honest, the reality is that sometimes life interrupts us and changes our plans. Perhaps it wanting to be close to family and children, or maybe it’s the comfort of regularity or a steady flow of cash; we all have different ways of prioritizing. I want my classmates to know that it’s okay to still be searching and questioning their career moves. You are not alone!

Sloan has done a wonderful job in equipping us with an amazing network of bright and motivated individuals coupled with strong academic and practical knowledge. I want my classmates to see that the last two years has culminated into more than just the sum of its parts – that the combination of our different learning’s has produced multi-faceted individuals. My GLab team had the courage to present strategic and financial models telling the CEO of a large Peruvian fishery that his industry is dying and he should invest in insects as a substitute for fishmeal. I never would have had the tools to solve and present on such a topic prior to Sloan and I want my classmates to think back on the prior selves, sitting in the Marriott in August of 2015 and think about their growth.

Together we have accomplished so much. Over the last couple years we saw many political, social, environmental and economic issues affect our world. From events revolving around inequality, minority rights to block chain, and IOT, Sloanies have taken upon themselves to inform our community and start conversations. I want my classmates to know that they have shown amazing ability to act and produce solutions.

But that action can’t end at graduation. Our Sloan bubble, or MIT bubble or even Cambridge bubble, which we live in now, isn’t where we stop growing and impacting our surroundings. And so as we leave here today and go into the workforce as consultants or bankers or general managers and we can’t expect the status quo to be different if we do nothing. Let’s not lose sight of some of the many larger aspirations we want to accomplish as we re-enter the work force.

So where does that leave us? It’s okay to choose a different route though. It is okay to delay pursuing your ultimate aspirations and dreams in the short term, but let’s make sure we circle back to them, and solve them. I still have those dreams of mine to create a better educational environment for low-income students and so each day after graduation that will weigh on my mind. And each day as I head to work on my commuter shuttle, I’ll think about how my current choices are accentuating my skills to help me achieve my goals. And if not, I need to move on. I have big dreams. We have big dreams. And I will get there. And we will get there. I may need to phone a friend or a few, or four hundred and fourteen, but I now know an amazing set of talented, thought provoking and ambitious individuals who will help change the world with me.

Aman Nalavade

Aman Nalavade is a member of the 2017 MBA class at Sloan MIT. He previously worked at Citadel Investment Group as a financial engineer utilizing his computer science and mathematical abilities. Aman isn't sure about what his future holds, just that he wants to solve strategical problems for organizations. In his free time, Aman loves to trail run, and play ultimate frisbee. He hopes this blog provides readers with some insights and stories about what goes on in the mind of a Sloan MIT MBA student.

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