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Posted by: on December 14, 2018

Why I run.

In our first week at Oxford many runners in the MBA cohort linked up with one another to focus on the Oxford half-marathon. Some were in a state of panic and others were in high-performance mode. Whether doing a first half-marathon or aiming to smash a personal best, we got together to cram in some […]

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Posted by: on December 12, 2018

My first term in Oxford: Lessons Learned

The first thing you learn when you arrive in Oxford is to speak Oxfordian. There are no numbered semesters or quarters in Oxford. Terms are divided into three trimesters: Michaelmas, Hilary, and Trinity. What people might think as of “Harry Potter style uniforms” is called sub fusc. It consists of black and white smart clothes […]

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Posted by: on December 10, 2018

So little time, so much generosity..

My classmates are generous. Time is limited between classes, employer events, and social activities. Yet, time and time again, students are more than willing to offer their limited time to support other students in the program. I was lucky enough to get a sense of this well before joining the 2018-19 cohort. My first encounter […]

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Posted by: on December 6, 2018

Expanding Horizons and Weaving Global Threads

“Never forget that there are countless people who would be happy to live your worst day.” – Colombian Airbnb Host. These words of wisdom will forever stick as a relevant daily reminder from one of the many interactions of my round-the-world voyage over the summer. Since then, already two months have swiftly passed in the […]

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Posted by: on December 4, 2018

After 70 Days….

After 2 months at Oxford, I have learned some life lessons, made some mistakes, made some incredible friends, met some powerful people and the most exciting part is that, it’s just the beginning. On 17 September 2018, about 300 students from over 60 countries gathered at the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre at the Saïd Business […]

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Posted by: on December 3, 2018

Case studies and Battlefield Studies

‘Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.’ (George Santayana) As I go on the journey from infantry officer to civilian via the MBA at Said Business School in Oxford I’m constantly seeking to identify areas of crossover between the military and the private sector.  Currently trending for me is the use […]

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Posted by: on November 29, 2018

315 students, 62 nationalities, 1 Home

It’s nearly December, which is hard to believe even as I write it. The first three months of my MBA endeavour have been exciting, challenging, and have flown by. An opportunity to perform a self-inventory arose during a Thanksgiving (Friendsgiving) dinner last weekend. I took a moment to pinch myself that this journey I had […]

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Posted by: on November 27, 2018

Matriculation Magic

Matriculation is one of those weird things I heard about over and over when people mentioned the special “Oxford” things. I would of course ask them many questions on it because it just seemed so foreign to me, and then thought I understood it, but I really did not having now gone through it. I […]

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Posted by: on November 22, 2018

You may be seated

The number 13 could mean different things to different people and cultures. To some it is an unlucky number, and to others it is a lucky number. However, to the 2018 freshers of Oxford University, the 13th day of October, 2018 was the day of our matriculation ceremony. I woke up that day bright and […]

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Posted by: on November 20, 2018

A Band of Brothers

Since arriving to Oxford, I have been fortunate to join the Oxford University Men’s lacrosse team. We are more than a team. We are a band of brothers, ranging from Ph.D candidates to undergraduates to fellow Oxford MBAers. Lacrosse is unique as a sport in that it attracts not just the desire to be great […]

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