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Posted by: on August 17, 2022

Why I applied to the Oxford MBA

I was raised in a small town on the French Riviera, and grew up increasingly reading, watching and listening to British pop culture as I was drawn into it: Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling, Arthur Conan Doyle, then some of their silver screen adaptations with the Harry Potter saga or Sherlock Holmes, along with the likes […]

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Posted by: on August 15, 2022

Only Oxford!

I am so excited for the year ahead and for the opportunity to share my Oxford MBA experience! I read many Saïd Business School MBA blogs when I was applying to the program; they helped me understand the people, the culture, and the life at SBS and Oxford; I hope to do my bit too! […]

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Posted by: on August 12, 2022

My journey to the Oxford MBA

I grew up in India and lived in a military household. My father was in the army, and we used to move cities every two or so years. This nomadic upbringing helped me experience almost every part of India growing up, which was a truly enriching experience. A civil engineer by background, I became passionate […]

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Posted by: on August 9, 2022

Preparing for the Oxford MBA

Please tell us a bit about yourself! I grew up in Lima, Peru in a low-income family. In fact, that “disadvantage” made me fight even harder for what I want and took every opportunity that I was given during my life. I graduated with honours from university and have an Industrial Engineering degree. My professional […]

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Posted by: on June 7, 2022

Of Pre-MBA internships and all the other maybes

You’ve got into the school your Potterhead self would be proud of. When it finally sinks in, after several weeks, you’re left with one question: What do I do next? Because simply getting into one of the best universities in the world isn’t enough! You start to fret over how you will spend time between […]

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Posted by: on March 3, 2022

Top three pieces of advice for incoming Oxford MBA students

And just like that, the Oxford MBA class of 2022 is over halfway through the Hilary term. This has been a life changing year and given the recent milestone, here follows some reflection on my journey to date. The MBA class is vibrantly diverse and I am no exception. Growing up in a small Cumbrian […]

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Posted by: on December 9, 2021

Education enriches you – and challenges you

Before Oxford, during my life I had already taken a few unconventional paths. Born in Colombia, my parents and I immigrated to New York twenty years ago, then we moved to New Jersey, then again to Pennsylvania. Next, I went to university in Tennessee. After graduating, I worked in Texas, then in Italy. I interned […]

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Posted by: on November 8, 2021

Meet the Oxford MBA Class of 2021-22: Sophie Frankham-Smith

We are excited to welcome the Oxford MBA Class of 2021-22 to Oxford. Get to know our incoming students in this blog post series. Tell us about yourself Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Management Consulting Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA: Strategy and Operations or Entrepreneurship Country of residence before coming to Oxford: United States (Washington, D.C.) […]

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Posted by: on November 4, 2021

Learning how to better serve

Warren Buffett once said he was lucky to be born American. After living, working, and studying in the United States, I came to the conclusion that he was right; my experiences in the US and Europe have shown me that there is a huge gap of opportunities for people born in developed countries to those […]

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Posted by: on October 29, 2021

How garbage led me to Oxford

My journey to Oxford started with an experience I never should have had. It was 2014, and I was a year away from completing my undergrad at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah, USA. Two friends invited me to join them on a summer study-abroad program at the University of Cambridge. I flatly said no. […]

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