David Baker




United States





Hi, I’m David Baker, 2016 MBA candidate. I picked Oxford because it wants to create leaders who improve the world at scale. During my time at Google that was the mission I supported and it is a core vision that I hope to bring with me during the program and beyond. I’ll be writing about my thoughts each week throughout the year to give you a glance into what life is like. You can find my posts at and feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions

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Posted by: on June 9, 2016

Overcoming Obstacles at Oxford

Throughout the year, one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is how to motivate myself, stay motivated, and when faced with obstacles, overcome them. I’ve seen this lesson in almost every book I’ve read and I’ve seen it play over and over again throughout my lessons in and out of the MBA program. When I […]

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Posted by: on April 18, 2016

Digital Empire State of Mind – The NYC Elective

This week I had an elective in NYC getting an incredible look into the entire digital media landscape. From brands like L’Oreal, The Met, and New York City Hall to publishers like Mashable and the New York Times to agencies like WPP and FCB. Having worked on the technology side at Google I knew some […]

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Posted by: on February 15, 2016

Rankings Rundown

So sorry that I’ve been absent for the past few weeks – its been a busy term! – A few things have happened that I want to touch on that my readers may find relevant. The biggest one is that (as many of you know) the FT posted its MBA rankings and SBS fell a […]

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Posted by: on January 24, 2016

Exams, or don’t sweat the small stuff

So sorry for the hiatus, term was finished but now I’m back. To all those who are reading this while applying or trying to decide on accepting or not feel free to reach out. I’ve chatted with about a dozen admits or prospective students and I’m always happy to chat. – Now to the blog […]

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Posted by: on December 6, 2015

Balance & Peace During the Oxford MBA

Any MBA is an intense program, you uproot your life & routines at your job & hometown and purposefully put yourself into uncomfortable environments with people who all have a different perspective. It is painful the way a deep-tissue massage is painful. It hurts so good. However, just like any massage you need to take […]

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Posted by: on November 30, 2015

Sport at the Oxford MBA

When you think about an MBA program, usually the last thing you think of is professional collegiate sport. (Yes Americans, I’m going to use the British Sport instead of the American Sports … Yes I do realize it makes me sound like Mitt Romney …. No, I don’t care … Cheerio!) I don’t know how […]

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Posted by: on November 8, 2015

The Perspective of Privilege

The Oxford MBA is a World Class Business School, embedded within a World Class University, tackling World Scale challenges. In order to get in, students need to have a high GMAT score, several years of experience, be leaders in their own right already, and bring with them something special to help tackle global issues. Everyone […]

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Posted by: on November 1, 2015

The Importance of Perspective

On Monday I tried out for the Oxford University Fencing Team and while biking across a bridge I caught sight of Magdalen college’s dreaming spires and it hit me. I was fencing again … at a club next to the track where the 4-minute mile was broken … in a town older than the Aztec empire […]

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Posted by: on October 21, 2015

A Day In The Life

As you might imagine life has been a little crazy now that term has started. One thing I can say for certain is that this program is intense. If you worry about FOMO (that’s Fear of Missing Out for the uninitiated) then maybe Oxford isn’t the place for you. There is SO much going on each day […]

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Posted by: on October 12, 2015

National Coming Out Day & Oxford

Today, October 11th is National Coming Out day. It is an annual event designed to encourage people to tell their families, friends and coworkers that they are gay. Coming out is the most impactful thing to advance LGBT rights globally and I wanted to take time with today’s post to call attention to this. When […]

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