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Manasi Patil

Degree:

MBA

Location:

India

Industry:

Education

Year:

2018-19

By Manasi Patil

Get to know Manasi Patil

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you?

Friends: Kind
Manager: Trustworthy

Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford.

I grew up in India, dreaming of becoming an engineer just like my elder cousins. I was incredibly fortunate to be able to go to the US for my undergrad and expand my horizons way beyond the scope of my major of Electrical and Computer Engineering. While studying social change, I discovered my passion for education and returned to India to learn more.

Since then, I have worked in the education sector for 5 years – as a fellow in Teach for India and later in a start-up social enterprise. From my grassroots experience I have learnt that the problems in the ed sector are very much solvable. However, I need to upgrade my skills and knowledge to affect deeper change. Thus, Oxford’s focus on social entrepreneurship and solving’s world’s most pressing problems made it the right fit for me.

Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?

To make the most of the MBA program when it starts, and given that a year-long program is slated to be intense, I’ve been doing the following to prepare:

  1. Knowing what to expect once I arrive by speaking to a few Oxford alumni and friends who have done an MBA elsewhere as well as engaging with resources provided by SBS intentionally.
  2. Arrving ready to receive, learn, experiment, and be present by developing healthy habits for wellbeing, taking online classes in subjects new to me to soften the transition from work-life to school-life, and charting out my post-MBA career options.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
I hope to develop a solid understanding of business fundamentals, especially to create financially sustainable models to affect meaningful impact, and evolve as a leader by expanding my skills and horizons. Finally, I hope to use this platform to gain clarity on my path forward by “prototyping” the various possible options.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
That it’ll go by too quickly, which is why I came up with the various strategies to be prepared.

Q6. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?

Working on the entrepreneurship and GOTO projects, engaging with the Skoll Centre and exploring via the MBA treks!

Q7. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?

As an introvert, networking and the numerous social events will be quite difficult for me. I am reading books to garner tips that’ll make it easier and to help me choose the methods that would work for me.

Generally speaking, given the numerous opportunities and the kind of talent and ambition you would be surrounded with, I think it could get challenging to know when to stick to your choices and when to make a shift. I am looking forward to learning how to gracefully navigate the space between staying focused and being open.

Q8. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?

My hope is that the newly acquired knowledge and skills will enable me to continue to work towards enhancing quality of education and developing environmental stewardship in India with increased effectiveness.

Q9. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?

I am a person of many interests and would be keen to check out the myriad teams, societies and clubs at Oxford. However, I would also like to do justice to my commitments, and thus will choose a recreational activity once I am in Oxford and have better understanding of my engagements and availability.

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

#extraordinaryintheordinary

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