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Laura White

Degree:

MBA

Location:

United States

Industry:

Education

Year:

2018-19

By Laura White

Get to know Laura White

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

Best friend: Kind
Manager: Self-Starter

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

I am originally from Atlanta, GA in the US, but have more recently been living in Washington, DC. I came to Oxford because I am frustrated with the very sticky problem of increasing access to high quality early childhood education and family support. Oxford’s strength in social entrepreneurship made me feel that Oxford Saïd would be the best business school to prepare me to start a social enterprise.

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

I completed the online modules from the Career Development Centre on Canvas, as well as took the recommended Wall Street Prep courses. In particular with Wall Street Prep, I found there was a lot of information with which I was not familiar. While I don’t remember everything, it was a good way to familiarise myself with the topics before class starts.

Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?

I want to deeply explore the problem of sustainably providing access to high quality early childhood education and family support. I hope to start a social enterprise out of this effort.

Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?

Be very focused about what you want to gain from business school. There are so many exciting opportunities, and knowing your goals will help you pick a few to do really well. All of the advice about getting sleep if you are the type of person who needs 8 hours has also really resonated with me.

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

I am very much looking forward to class starting and to learning the core business skills that I currently lack. I am also excited about the Entrepreneurship Centre, Skoll Centre, and Foundry programming.

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

I think it will be hard for me to adjust from the US grading system and culture to Oxford’s. I often lose confidence and feel guilty if I do not get a really high grade on an assignment. However, while I want to learn the content well, I need to be kinder to myself about not getting the highest grades so that I am more comfortable taking challenging classes that I really need.

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

Starting the early childhood social enterprise!

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

I loved doing improv theatre in DC, and I am hoping to join the Oxford Imps. There are auditions, so we’ll see!

Q10. Lastly, what’s your favourite hashtag?

Eek, I am terrible with hashtags!

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