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Beyond the MBA Classroom: MIT Sloan Follies and Achievement Awards

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.

As each academic year draws to a close, students at the MIT Sloan School of Management organize and present the annual Sloan Follies, a night of skits, humorous awards, student musical performances and perhaps even a few cameos from the dean. The night begins with the presentation of the Sloan Achievement Awards, which are distributed by Dean David Schmittlein to students or groups of students who have made outstanding contributions to the Sloan community. This serious part of the evening then melds into the Follies. Humorous awards include the Statue of Liberty Award (given to the student who participated the most in class), the McDreamy Award, the Top Model Award, the Mr./Ms. Punctuality Award, the Eager Beaver Award and the International Sloanie of Mystery Award.

Students vote for award recipients in advance, and the top nominees shoot a video that is shown at the event before the winner is announced. Said one nominee for the Statue of Liberty Award, “It’s not something I’ll be putting on my resume, and I made sure that you couldn’t find the video on YouTube just by typing my name, but I was selected by my classmates—all in good fun! Definitely in good taste and much appreciated … even though I didn’t end up winning!” Other Follies videos spoof everything from comments made in class to the job search process in turbulent academic times (we suggest searching for “Sloan Follies” on YouTube for dozens of examples).

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at MIT Sloan and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.




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