And yes, it all just flew by.
It was only a few months ago when I was sitting in Nelson Mandela Lecture theatre listening to our dean, Peter Tufano, give a welcome speech to the class of 2019-2020. It was surreal. I had seen that lecture theatre while streaming the Responsible Business Forum and other SBS guest speaker sessions from my laptop while sitting in my room back home. This time, I was owning my spot in the room, amongst other intriguing strangers, most of whom instantly became friends.
Oxford is a place capable of igniting the curious-academic in us all. There is always something to feed your curiosity within and outside of the MBA programme, from open-session lectures, guest speaker series, workshops, academic competitions not forgetting Oxford Union debates. I find it refreshing to be able to switch from being at an Impact investment hackathon the one evening, to being an audience member in a heated Al Jazeera interview with former speaker of South African National Assembly Baleka Mbete the next.
Amidst it all we still found time to sneak away to Milan, Italy to celebrate a friend’s birthday. I am definitely planning to do more euro-travels in the summer!
Within the MBA program, the academic pace is quite accelerated. We have on average 4 weeks to complete three subjects. I have been pleasantly surprised how I have been able to remain focused during long lectures and of the level of extra support the business school offers, such as tutorials, mock exams etc. to help students through topics they may be completely unfamiliar with. In this last week, we have 2 exams to write, and an essay to submit before we can officially close off the academic term.
With Christmas also around the corner, the atmosphere around the school has been pleasantly festive. Over the past week we had student-led Christmas Carol singing over lunch in the common area and Secret Santa. The city is also adorned with lights, Christmas markets and other random fun events like the Santa fun-run.
As an MBA cohort; some will be flying back to their home countries to reunite with family and friends that they have dearly missed; others like myself plan to stay and explore the UK and other European countries we didn’t get to explore over the term; others have friends and/or family members joining them over the break. I aim to release a blog to share actives of the holiday break with you early next year. Have a Merry Christmas and an epic new year!
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