When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.
Twice a year, in the fall and in the spring, the MIT Sloan School of Management organizes charity auctions. Each “ocean” (the 60-person cohort with which students take their first-semester core classes) selects a charity to support and identifies items to be auctioned, ranging from lunch with a professor to a home-cooked meal by a student to more unusual offerings, like having a professor chauffeur you to class in his classic car. First-year oceans compete to see which one can raise the most money, and second-year students organize a similar auction. The spring 2009 ocean auctions and second-year auction together raised more than $60K; all the auctions together (fall 2008 and spring 2009) raised more than $88K for such charities as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Wellness Community of Greater Boston and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at MIT Sloan and 13 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.