MBA Class of 2015

Candid insights and reflections about MIT Sloan from MBA Class of 2015 candidates. Readers are welcome to leave relevant comments at the bottom of the individual blogpost.

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The Yarn: My Experience Wearing My Heart On My Sleeve At Sloan

MIT The Yarn May 2015 Featured

Class of 2015 MBAs Esteban Lubensky, Kathy Lin, Erica Swallow, Liat Kaver, Dan Schiffman, and Adam Traina presented at the May 2015 “Graduation” gathering of The Yarn.
Business school is many things: Challenging, social, exploratory, path-defining, thought-provoking. But one word you don’t often hear associated with the MBA is emotional. … Read more 

Words of Wisdom from the MBA Class of 2015


Class of 2015 MBAs Alex Smetannikov, Abhishek Syal, and Erica Swallow proudly display their diplomas after walking the stage at Commencement.
I don’t claim this is a scientific survey, but before they left campus for good, eight graduates from the MBA Class of 2015  answered my question:  What advice would you … Read more 

The End of an Amazing Chapter!

Well, this chapter is over. After three years of graduate studies, I now hold degrees from both the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and MIT Sloan School of Management. This is a chapter in my book of life that I believed I would never would write, thus it’s been a humbling … Read more 

Testing A Career Path With An Independent Study


Two years at Sloan have come and gone, and throughout the experience, people have periodically asked me about my favorite part of the MBA program. Indeed, after first year came to a close, I wrote about my favorite aspects of the program — the class discussions, international treks, … Read more 

Take your time. Stop and smell the people.


Seriously, look at how cute my mom is.

Best mom ever.  But don’t let her beguile you with the cute Asian mom thing.  She is sharp as a tack and wise beyond her years.
So this one time, she wrote me a birthday card. I was turning 18, and I don’t know … Read more 

Dualies Experience

I’m currently in my third year of the MIT Sloan and Harvard Kennedy School dual degree program. It’s an amazing opportunity to be in both of these schools.
As I finish my third year, I’m starting to understand how these two programs more and more complement each other. The Negotiations course with … Read more 

Married But Available: Confessions of a Sloan Wife


I have known that I would marry John since I was 14. We met in our fourth grade orchestra in a small town outside of Seattle, Washington when I made fun of him for being so short (a whole head shorter than me). We came from very different backgrounds but … Read more 

How To Get the Most Out of IAP

Tea at MIT Tatte Bakery

During the month of January at MIT, we celebrate the freedom of choice and individuality with Independent Activities Period (IAP), a time where students and MIT community members can “organize, sponsor and participate in a wide variety of activities, including how-to sessions, forums, athletic endeavors, lecture series, films, … Read more 

Cross-Registering at HKS: Adaptive Leadership

One of the benefits of attending MIT Sloan is the ability to cross-register at other MIT departments and/or Harvard. One of the courses that’s most sought out is taught at Harvard Kennedy School. It is called “Exercising Leadership: The Politics of Change” taught by either Prof. Ronald Heifetz or one … Read more 

What Policing Can Teach Us About Unconscious Bias


A lot of my friends on Facebook have been posting about Ferguson over the past week. My instinct has been to think I don’t have that much to add beyond what’s already been said more eloquently by others. I’ve also been nervous about adding my voice to the mix. I’m … Read more 

MIT Sloan’s LGBT Fellowship Opportunity


It’s been a little over a month since a group of  Sloanies, including the two of us,  flew across the country to SF. We were converging with many of our LGBT MBA counterparts for the Reaching Out MBA Conference (ROMBA). Like last year’s get-together in New Orleans, this ROMBA was … Read more 

Going (coming) Home For (After) Thanksgiving

Anyone who knows me knows that I am an unabashed and unapologetic homer for Seattle, my hometown. I wear my love for Seattle like the patches on Russell Wilson’s jersey.  No one will ever convince me that Seattle is not the best city in the world.  It doesn’t rain nearly … Read more