Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?
Best friend: Adventurer
Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.
I am from Bangladesh and have worked as an entrepreneur for three years before joining Oxford. For my MBA I was looking for an institute which can provide me not only with professional discipline, but also with academic rigour. And Oxford Saïd provided to its students the best of both. I did not want to miss this opportunity of studying in such an iconic institute and that is what led me here.
Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
Before applying I had to put a lot of thought into my own personal nature and aspirations. There are many paths one can take using his\her MBA experience. So I spend a lot of time understanding what my key objectives are and how I should pursue those.
Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
My expectation from my MBA experience will be to infuse within myself the habits of lifelong learning and continuous self-development. Getting to meet a fair number of amazing people will be an added bonus.
Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
The best advice that I came across before the start of my MBA is to remain focused. Saïd Business School, being the amazing institute that it is, provides its students with a lot of choices and resources which they can capitalize to realize their dreams. While students should explore the different paths, they should be also aware about the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) effect in order to not get involved with too many things and lose the sight of their end goal.
Q6. What excites you about your new journey at Oxford?
Coming from a different country and culture, I get exposed to new experiences every single moment. From the Oxford Foundry to the Town Hall Meetings, every event that is happening around me is unique, demanding and fun. Being an adventurer by nature, I am excited by these moments and looking forward to getting more such experiences.
Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Most of my previous academic life has involved text-based learning. As a result, it is difficult for me to engage in classes where the learning is case-based. During the first few classes there was a fair amount of hesitancy from my end to participate in the on-going discussion. But as I am getting more used to it, I am now truly starting to enjoy the process of acquiring knowledge through discourse.
Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
The element that Oxford Saïd reinforces in its students is the importance of positive changes. From the vision of the institute to the learnings in all the classes, every aspect of the experience is infused with the need and importance of positive changes. Since my plan is to continue my journey of entrepreneurship, I want to take this spirit of Saïd with me in my future ventures and make social changes which helps people in their lives.
Q9. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?
My favourite hashtag is: #lifeisgoodBack to top of article