In my last video blog episode on my MIT blog, I talked about "Hell Week", which is now over. Every day, I got up at 5 am and was on campus to study by 6:45 am, and usually didn't get home until 9 o'clock or even later. The schedule was similar for other Sloan Fellows, and the lack of sleep was obvious. "You've got that stare," said one our guest speakers on Tuesday, who had been in the program years ago.
The reasons? Four extremely busy classes (starting at 8:30 and ending at 4:30 or 6 pm, depending on whether or not we had "recitations"), multiple cases and group projects, and preparation for the 15.511 Accounting exam Friday morning. It was brutal for many of us, especially the section on deferred taxes, but it's finally over. We have one exam next week (15.060 Data, Models, and Decisions) plus several case reports and a group project preparation for the supply chain class (15.778, I believe) as well as the Finance (15.414) exam but I don't think these assignments will be as traumatic as Accounting. And, more importantly, the end of the summer session is within sight.
Then, of course, the fall semester begins. There will still be many core requirements for the Sloan Fellows, but the schedule doesn't look as punishing and we get to start electives with the 2nd-year Sloan MBAs and members of the LGO program. I'm taking a class that's right up my alley: Economics of Information, as well as the famed G-Lab.
Also, in case you are wondering what an MIT Sloan Accounting exam looks like, here's a sample from 2007, which was given to us to help us prepare:
MIT Sloan 15.511 Accounting Exam from 2007
For more insights into the full-time Sloan Fellows program, please read the following posts: