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Posted by: on March 1, 2022

Strategy and pottery

This past August, I hung up my clay-stained overalls and crocs and dusted off my blazer and heels (which hadn’t seen the light of day since the pandemic started). I had just spent several months at an artist residency in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, deliberately taking time off to explore the craft […]

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Posted by: on January 12, 2022

What I’ve been grateful for in Michaelmas term

Throughout the last few years, I kept a weekly gratitude journal on and off. At the end of each week, I would write down 3 things I was grateful for. When the MBA started, this was one of my past routines that I didn’t quite keep up with. So for this blog post, I’ve decided […]

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Posted by: on December 20, 2021

Choosing the uncertain future: reflections on the first term

“You need to make the choice between a certain present and an uncertain – potentially better – future.” Our Organizational Behavior professor Michael Gill stood at the front of the classroom, with a picture of an empty white room projected behind him. He’d described a scenario: what if we woke up from our life as […]

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Posted by: on December 17, 2021

Student treks pre-MBA

At a time when ‘together’ comes with a small side of anxiety, and ‘new friends’ are something we haven’t thought about in nearly two years, coming into a brand new journey like an MBA program, I knew it was more important now than ever to find a way to bring everyone together. With COVID19 restrictions […]

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Posted by: on December 6, 2021

The delightful world of Oxford colleges

  A claim based on the existence of the oldest ‘statutes’ (formal legal documents) establishing a college (1264). A claim based on the oldest surviving structure (1262) within their boundaries. A claim based on the oldest evidence of a donation and a scholarship (1245). These are the respective reasons for Merton College, Balliol College and […]

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Posted by: on January 2, 2021

Get to Know Tom Perfrement, Oxford MBA Class of 2020-2021

Tell us about yourself: Chemical engineer turned management consultant turned social entrepreneur. Passionate about tennis, investing (listed equities), coffee, traveling, and empowering the not-for-profit ecosystem with data analytics capabilities. Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Management Consulting (L.E.K. Consulting) Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA: Social Impact / Funds Management / Consulting Country of […]

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Posted by: on February 6, 2020

It was 6:30am on a snowy Friday morning in Montreal

It was 6:30am on a snowy Friday morning in Montreal. My wife Sarah and I had just been woken up in a very enthusiastic fashion by our 3.5-year-old daughter Mathilde. I looked at my phone and burst out laughing. “Congratulations, we are delighted to confirm that you have been awarded an Oxford Saïd-HEC Montreal Scholarship to […]

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Posted by: on December 6, 2017

A few things I’ve learned about MBAs so far

It’s week 9 and Oxford is now for the grads as most of the freshers and undergrads have vacated for the holidays. The libraries and sessions are full of classmates working on finishing group projects and studying for our impending analytics exam. A few things I’ve learned about MBAs so far. MBAs travel in packs […]

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Posted by: on November 22, 2017

My MBA experience from an artistic perspective

The first two months have passed, and the MBA programme has been a very intensive, as expected. Also, I had some delightful surprises on my way, and today I am sharing the one that amazed me most. The MBA launch week was a blast! Two weeks to meet around 330 inspiring new colleagues from all […]

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Posted by: on September 20, 2016

Saturday Afternoon at MAO

In the weekend before the beginning of school, I’ve found myself with a couple days of leisure. I can’t get my university card until next week, so I can’t go exploring the libraries and college grounds yet. I’ve got most of my household items set up, with others on their way. I don’t have any […]

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