Monday, August 27, 2012

MIT Sloan Fellows 2012 Commencement & Pictures - Final Post

This is going to be my final post. 

Our class graduated on Jun 8th, 2012. It was indeed a proud moment for all the fellows and our families. 

One year back I started this blog merely to share my experience as a Sloan Fellow as there weren't any other resources available online. I was pleasantly surprised to see the interest in this program. I was contacted by over a 100 people from all over the world. I'm very thankful to all the readers who have  followed my blog and to those who have reached out to me during my journey at MIT. 

I thoroughly enjoyed all my interactions with everyone and I hope I was able to help and answer your queries. This blog is just a glimpse into the life of a Sloan Fellow but there is so much more that the program and the school has to offer. 

Now that I have graduated, I am formally closing this blog. For those who are interested, I have taken up a position in Operations with Amazon.com in the US. I have always enjoyed working in Operations and this is what I wanted to do after Sloan. 

Though the blog is formally closed, I will still be available to answer any queries and respond to any comments.

Some pictures from our commencement are posted below.

Once again, thank you for all the support. It has been nothing less than a transformational journey. Here's wishing the very best for all prospective candidates.


Red Jackets, Class of 1962


Salman Khan of Khan Academy, Commencement Speaker








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MIT Sloan Fellows 2012 International Trip - Turkey & South Africa

Its been a few months since I blogged. Lots was happening at my end with the final term, exams, commencement, relocation etc. This post will be about the International Trip that we had this year. The location of the trip is announced by the program office late in the fall term and it changes every year. When I was at school that the international trip may be discontinued from next year but there was no formal decision on that. This debate was because of the difficulty in getting visas for all fellows (from 28+ countries) and needless to say that it poses a lot of challenges. 

In my opinion, these study trips (NY, San Francisco and specially the International Trip) were the highlights of the program. This year we went to Turkey and South Africa and met a number of leaders from the public and the private sector. 

South Africa (Pilanesberg & Johannesburg) - The trip started with a weekend in a wildlife reserve at Pilanesberg, South Africa and then we moved to Johannesburg for the week. During the trip we had leaders like the Chief of the Planning Commission, CEO of the Standard Bank and the CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Later part of the week had a tour of the Apartheid Museum and Soweto an urban/rural municipality which is now a part of Johannesburg. 

Turkey (Istanbul) - In Istanbul we visited Turkcell (the largest telecom company in Turkey) and invited several leaders to our hotel to speak about the current economic and business environment in the country. The trip ended with a cultural evening in one of the restaurants. 

There International trip also had a third stop over (optional) in Georgia. This trip was organized by one of our classmates from Georgia. I did not go but I had heard that it was a great trip. The class met up with the President of Georgia and also happened to meet Hillary Clinton who was visiting Georgia. Meeting the head of state is always an honor and no doubt our class was thrilled. 

This trip provided an amazing insight into the public, private and cultural spaces/sectors in these countries. This is something which you will not experience if you go as a tourist.  

Enjoy the pictures.


Beautiful Pilanesberg
  
Performance by School Children in Soweto


Poster in Apartheid Museum

Apartheid Museum

Istanbul

Downtown Istanbul


COO Turkcell addressing the Fellows

Turkcell HQ, Istanbul


Beautiful Pilanesberg


FIFA World Cup Stadium, Johannesburg

Apartheid Museum

Apartheid Museum

Cultural Night in Johannesburg

Johannesburg Stock Exchange

Group Photo with CEO, Standard Bank