MBA Class of 2019

Candid insights and reflections about MIT Sloan from MBA Class of 2019 candidates. Readers are welcome to comment at the bottom of the individual blog post.

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#SloaniesHelpingSloanies – Putting Sloan Values into Practice

Emily LeStrange, MIT Sloan MBA 2019
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably Googled the question “Why MIT Sloan?” a few times before, during, and even after the MBA application process. Your search results (all 13.2M of them) probably included references to Sloan’s rigorous and rewarding coursework, robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, … Read more 

Switzerland: The Incentivization of Blockchain Innovation (Esloania Study Tour Part 1)

Phillip Tu | MBA 2019 | Cheesin’ in Gruyères, Switzerland
When I started at MIT Sloan, blockchain and cryptocurrency were those topics that I would occasionally see covered in tech blogs and nod in approval in passing conversations. I honestly had no idea what these innovations were about.
By the second … Read more 

Estonia: From Soviet Rule to Digital Leadership (Esloania Study Tour Part 2)

Do you know where Estonia is on the map? Honestly before this study tour, I sure didn’t. And If I didn’t know where the country was, you can bet that I didn’t know about the digital revolution that defined the past two decades of Estonia’s growth.
A Baltic country which gained … Read more 

What Fintech Taught Me About Leadership

Emily LeStrange, MBA 2019
One of the main reasons I chose to attend MIT Sloan was for the school’s prominent role in the so-called world of “fintech”. MIT Sloan Professor Antoinette Schoarfirst articulated it best – At the intersection of finance and technology, fintech was almost made for MIT. The … Read more 

Life After the Military: My Experience as a Veteran at MIT Sloan


Like most transitioning military veterans, my post-Navy career exploration began about four years prior to my separation date. While veterans of the modern era enjoy the benefits of a society which embraces and supports service members when compared to veterans of decades past, the transition process is still an … Read more 

Founding the MIT Sloan Investing Series, a Joint Stock Pitch and Private Equity Competition at MIT Sloan

The investment management (IM) and private equity (PE) industries are some of the most difficult to break into post-business school. Competition is fierce, and every year the best young talent from across the country compete for internships and full-time positions at some of the most prestigious investment firms. In IM, … Read more 

Reflections of a Former Round 2 MBA Applicant

Just about two years ago, I was contemplating my strategy to apply in Round 2 for the MBA program. I was nervous as I was still taking the GMAT, corralling my recommenders, and also persuading them to take time away from their holiday break to write my recommendations. But, … Read more 

Pursuing a Business Analytics Certificate as a Liberal Arts Grad

I studied sociology as an undergraduate at a tiny liberal arts college in Western Massachusetts. At the time, a few people warned me about the difficulty I might face finding a job post-graduation. What does a 22-year-old with a curiosity about human decision-making and a knack for breaking down … Read more 

Why Sales Skills Shouldn’t Be Optional for MBAs

Jeff Hoffman delivers a sales workshop to 50 MIT Sloan MBA students
When I first started my MBA, I was surprised to find only one class focused on sales through the entire course catalog. Ideally, an MBA should teach all basic skills necessary to successfully run a company. But a … Read more 

Mens et Manus and Blockchain Startup @ MIT Sloan, part 2 #epicsummer

Well, my 2018 summer was fascinating. I worked on my startup, elphi, Inc., from R3’s NYC office, designing our dApp (decentralized application), or better said CordApp (an application that runs on the Corda platform). Corda is R3’s powerful Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) protocol. Given the relatively new public awareness of … Read more 

Following in the footsteps of a trailblazer, Leslie Clift Hruby

Sloan Women in Management (SWIM) is the nexus and springboard for each class of MBA women. As presidents, our role is to seek to understand the needs of our members and provide the resources that will help us grow and succeed. These resources include powerful guest speakers, skills-based workshops, off-campus … Read more 

Organizing the Israel Trek

My journey with the Israel Trek started 2 years ago, when I interviewed for Sloan. My interviewer told me about this amazing trek to Israel and how the Israelis brought a record number of 150 students. In the heat of the moment I made a promise that if I … Read more