Life at MIT
LGO students join a tight-knit community that extends far from the classroom. 45 to 50 students make up each year’s LGO cohort, and the small class size makes it possible to forge strong connections. At the same time, LGOs have all of the MIT student life opportunities at their fingertips.
When you arrive on campus, community building starts immediately. The MIT culture emphasizes collaboration and innovation, and LGOs benefit from being a small group within larger MIT. After an intense summer session with only fellow LGOs, the class is integrated into Sloan MBA life. They’re encouraged to engage fully in the MIT Sloan MBA experience.
Even with rigorous coursework, LGOs still have time for a full social calendar. LGO students take leadership roles in the MIT Sports Analytics Conference and Sloan Senate. They’ve volunteered at MIT hackathons and integrated with graduate research groups alongside PhD students. Whether it’s chairing a committee or planning the Domestic Plant Trek, students are deeply involved in the management of the program.
LGO Clubs and Activities
LGO students actively shape their experience through student-run committees. Committees are responsible for key program activities. For example, the Student Life Committee hosts the annual Fourth of July party at the MIT Sailing Pavilion. The Leadership Committee coordinates speaking engagements with industry leaders for the Global Operations Leadership Seminar. Most of the committees work with LGO partner companies on internships, recruitment, and plant treks. There are a variety of roles within each committee as well. Students build leadership skills, financial oversight responsibility, or logistics optimization on the annual Domestic Plant Trek. Participation in committees is close to 100%, and many students chose to participate in more than one.
Student life as an MBA is very busy! Sloan has over 60 clubs, from the professional and the social. Previous LGOs have joined the Operations Management club to prepare for a career in operations, the Entertainment, Media, & Sports club to organize the largest student-run conference in the country. Others ran the Happy Belly Club to find all the best spots to dine across the greater Boston area. An LGO recently founded an MIT Sloan Microbrewing Club.
There are over 500 clubs at MIT. Popular among LGO students are the MIT Energy Club, which brings the campus together to analyze the most difficult challenges in energy, and the 100k Competition, a startup pitch contest. The 100K Competition is the perfect opportunity to connect a technical idea to a commercial application. Fostering this connection is a primary goal of LGO, and the experience has led a few LGOs to start their own companies.
Sports and Recreation
MIT Recreation has a variety of on campus facilities and programs. Students can pick up a wellness yoga class, take private lessons with a trainer, or join the LGO intramural hockey team. There are 18 intramural sports and over 30 club teams at MIT with teams at every level. If you are missing your NCAA days or just want to learn something new, there’s a team for you.
MIT is a research leader across many fields. More than 2,500 graduate students hold official appointments as research assistants or research trainees. LGOs have participated in lab research, published papers with engineering faculty, or helped a new tech venture go live.
In the video below, Karl Gantner (LGO ’16) discusses his new venture. Based on his research with MIT AeroAstro faculty and graduate students, Karl developped a start-up to market a compact infrared laser communication payload. Satellites could achieve higher data rates to keep pace with growing demand.
At MIT, your significant other (SO) and family are a full memeber of the community! SOs join LGO committees, utilize MIT services to find jobs in Boston, and connect with other parents for playgroups, clothing exchanges, and more. LGO SOs provide a supportive network for each other throughout the two year program. In addition to official MIT resources, Sloan also has a dedicated group for SOs. Spouses and partners can request an MIT ID card, which gives them access to the MIT buildings, fitness facilities, and libraries.
When my husband and I decided to move to Boston from California as newlyweds, it was important to us to find new friends within the LGO community. We began planning weekend trips with other LGOs. Frequent happy hours, wine nights, and book clubs have also helped us to get to know each other. Now, as my husband prepares to leave for his six month internship in Spain while I stay in Boston, I feel incredibly grateful to have friends in the program.
– Sharon Coles, wife of JB (LGO ’17)