As my section was trying to wrap their heads around the Capital Asset Pricing Model, I felt myself float far outside my zone of comfort. It felt amazing. It felt like true growth. Growth characterizes my first term at the Oxford Saïd MBA program. Bouncing around from class to Union debates, panel discussions of Oxford alum entrepreneurs, and lectures on myriad other topics in gorgeous historic forums of the wider University – I have been making the most of the opportunities which saturate Oxford. Unlike most other students in my MBA cohort, however, within thirty minutes of contemplating the finer points of idiosyncratic risk in a diversified portfolio, I was scrubbing poop out of a bathmat.
When I finally #saidyes, I had weighed the questions of uprooting the lives of my husband and our two-year old son, and the lives of our extended families, to pave the way for my opportunity. It felt selfish to pluck my usually nude toddler from his dad, our home, the warm sandy shores and friendly faces of Saipan, and plunk him into a cold, grey, uptight English city. The new opportunities that lay waiting in Oxford, however, are exceptionally compelling. After one intense term, set against vacillating feelings of self-doubt and exhilaration, I’m confident that moving to Oxford for the MBA program was the right decision for me and my family.
The road has been and continues to be a challenge. I hadn’t anticipated the additional burden that I would take on as a “geographically single” parent. I’m fortunate to have my husband’s parents living with me to help with our son, but when I am at home, all needs must be fulfilled by mama. All sleepless nights, sicknesses, doctor’s appointments – mama.
There are benefits to being a parent in the program. I have no choice but to be organized, and must efficiently allocate my time. I’m sure I suffer far fewer hangovers than many of my classmates. I never feel lonely.
If you are a parent wondering whether to apply for the MBA at Oxford Saïd, like I was this time last year, I recommend that you go for it. The below is a list of factors which I consider to be essential to my sanity and ability to get through the program.
Many students move to Oxford with their children and/or partner for their degree programme. Families are very welcome at Saïd Business School – find out more.Back to top of article