Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Energetic
Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.
Growing up in Serbia, a country with a rich cultural heritage and long history, I have always had a strong sense of curiosity that drew me to explore the world beyond my home country.
Therefore, it wasn’t surprising that after high school I decided to attend universities in the United States and Switzerland, and eventually joined Morgan Stanley, an investment banking firm, where I learned nuts and bolts of investment banking.
While strolling along Oxford’s stunning campus and going through the application process, I learned more about its rich traditions and lasting legacy, and knew that this was the place I wanted to pursue my further business education.
Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
A fleeting time, prior to my MBA pursuit, was a time for renewal of commitments to old promises while perhaps adding a few new ones. While learning a new set of skills relevant for the future career, I made new friends and perfected a new language and hopefully left some room for an MBA to inspire me!
Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
I want to do an MBA for my own personal growth, for the career opportunities it would open up, and for the lasting friendships I would create in this field. Beyond the brand of the business school and incredible amount of resources to tap into, Oxford University offers easily accessible and relatively informal opportunities to learn from the world’s top business leaders.
Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
The most common advice I received was to (ruthlessly) prioritize my time at business school, especially when academic, social, and professional activities are so plentiful that it becomes unfeasible to take part in all of them. Being placed in a new environment is exhilarating but I must organize my time here to focus on building my professional education, which takes top priority!
Q6. What excites you about your new journey at Oxford?
Attending a business school of high quality, motivated people with varied backgrounds, along with world class professors are just a few exciting qualities of my new journey. I’m very grateful for this opportunity and hope to take away a lot from the programme.
Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
I believe it’s important to push the boundaries of my comfort zone. Anything capable of elevating my anxiety levels, whether it makes me mentally or physically uncomfortable, can actually be healthy. So step out and take risks, you’ll be glad you did!
Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
An MBA is indeed a transformational experience which starts with you opening up and making the most of the opportunities given to you. I’d like to continue carving out a career path in investment banking and contribute to the field through my experience and top class business education.
Q9. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
Some things never go out of fashion in the world of hashtags! #oxfordBack to top of article