Initially, I was drawn to MIT Sloan because I really like Boston and thought it would be great to be a student in a city known for its academic credentials. More importantly, MIT has one of the best undergraduate business programs and is renowned for its technological focus. The blend of managerial and technological strengths is a winning combination and is unique to MIT Sloan. Because I lived in Beijing when I was applying to college, I wasn’t able to visit other schools. However, I had the opportunity of spending a summer on the MIT campus before starting my freshman year, so I got to know the institution a bit.
Last year, a friend and I co-founded the Network of Sloan Undergraduate Women (NSUW). We felt that undergraduate women at MIT Sloan in particular needed more of a sense of community. After attending a conference that inspired us to start NSUW, we spoke with students, faculty, and others to obtain their feedback and test our theory. The administrators met with us and expressed their support. People at MIT Sloan encourage you to take the initiative and to create new opportunities for others. Since our first NSUW event, Inside Sloan: From a Woman’s Perspective, the number of women involved has grown exponentially, and we are seeing a dynamic mix of freshmen and upperclassmen.
Another outstanding experience was studying abroad at Oxford University. Being away for a term gave me so much perspective on the value of my education. It also made me realize that I want to do something in the international arena and helped me expand my career view and perspective on life. Now, I feel the world is wide open for further exploration. For me, studying abroad was the one of the most profound experiences of my academic career. Sometimes the most rewarding experiences are the ones you don’t anticipate.
I am impressed by the level of professionalism among undergraduates, MBAs, faculty members, and everyone at MIT Sloan. The environment is very entrepreneurial. From my work experiences in both the U.S. and China, I believe employers look to MIT Sloan for candidates they can rely on for brainpower and creativity.