Boulder Pre-Function

Sloan Pre-Functions (abbreviated Pre-F(x)) are student-led, non-academic trips that take place at the end of August and beginning of September each year. The trips provide incredible opportunities for incoming MBA students and their significant others to meet in fun environments before plunging into the core semester

The weekend before orientation began I ventured to Boulder, CO on my Pre-F(x) with 15 other classmates and their significant others. Other Pre-F(x) trip locations this year included Napa Valley, Panama, Costa Rica, New Hampshire, Maine, and Boston. No, it wasn’t easy to decide between these incredible destinations.

My fifteen new friends. Within this remarkable crew is a former U.S. Navy P-3 pilot, an All-American track athlete with a sub 5:00 mile, a former NCAA Division I hockey player, a Khazak citizen, and a former South Chicago high school teacher.

My fifteen new BFFs. Within this remarkable crew is a former U.S. Navy P-3 pilot, an All-American track athlete with a sub 5:00 mile, a former NCAA Division I hockey player, a Khazak citizen, and a former South Chicago high school teacher.

After taking super early flights to Boulder on Thursday, we hiked to the top of Royal Arch in the Flatirons. That night we went to Red Rocks Amphitheater, the coolest concert venue I’ve ever been to. The venue has about 60 rows of seats, which are sandwiched between two massive rocks that happen to be some of the oldest rocks on earth (an exhibit with a T-Rex jaw told me so). We spent the remainder of the trip riding bikes around town, visiting local craft breweries, exploring the Boulder Farmer’s Market, and tubing down Boulder Creek.

This itinerary was amazing, but of course you don’t need to be a Sloan MBA student to experience the best of Boulder. What was unique about our experience was the 15 new friends we came away with, and the incredible memories we’ll share for a lifetime–from cooking breakfast with 15 people, for 15 people, to fighting for a spot in Outback Saloon’s karaoke lineup.

While most of us are split up into different cohorts for our core semester, we make time to see each other amidst the classes, recruiting events, mid-terms, and everything else going on–because if it’s important, that’s what you do. We work out together, we play pick-up basketball together, we work on Operations Management cases together, we eat dim-sum together, we go to tailgates together, and of course we’re planning a karaoke reunion, together.

Josh Chen

Josh is a second year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he's focusing on operations management in the retail, transportation, and tech industries.

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