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Posted by: on July 28, 2022

My advice to the incoming Oxford MBA class

I arrived in Oxford last year during the St. Giles’ Fair, a two-day festival in September which transforms the city into a summer carnival. As I dragged my suitcases across the cobblestone streets, I weaved around families walking home with sugar-loaded kids and stumbling students that had enjoyed one too many Pimms. Immediately, I sensed […]

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Posted by: on July 12, 2022

Getting involved with your Oxford college

One of the major differentiators between Saïd Business School (including the “other” business school 86 miles away) and the other MBA schools across the world is University life. There are 39 Oxford colleges and 6 Permanent Private Halls, and as an MBA, you become a part of one of the colleges to become a part […]

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Posted by: on May 9, 2022

Making memories during Hilary term on the Oxford MBA

  In the book I’m reading, Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, there’s a scene where the characters face a crossroads. Four people are on a motorcycle trip across the United States approaching the Great Plains, an expansive flatland east of the Rocky Mountains. The Great Plains make for rough riding, and one character […]

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Posted by: on May 3, 2022

How my MBA has been a year to venture out, express, and be the best version of myself

212 days or 7 months in, 5 more to go. Phew, that flew by way faster than I had imagined! This reminds me of something Steve Jobs quoted, “One cannot connect the dots looking forward, but only when you look backward”, I can now see why. I have begun to trust in the process of […]

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Posted by: on January 19, 2022

Constantly Inspired and Grateful: Highlights of Michaelmas

And just like that Michaelmas term has come to an end – 13 weeks: 2 weeks of MBA Launch, 7 classes, 2 assessment weeks, 354 new classmates, 72 nationalities, 11 college visits, and so many amazing experiences to kick-off this year. I wanted to share a couple of personal highlights from this first-term: Inspiring Leadership […]

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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 22, 2021

Michaelmas term at Oxford Saïd

Most of Michaelmas term at Oxford has gone back to ‘normal’, meaning that COVID restrictions have been relaxed enough for students to take part in traditional Oxfordian life. Yet I can assure you, the past four months have been anything but ‘normal’. After more than a year of pandemic life, our MBA cohort has been […]

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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 16, 2021

A day in the life of an Oxford MBA

If you’re like me, you may have a lingering question about life at an Oxford MBA. If you’re like me, you’re subscribed to the YouTube channel, you’ve attended the webinars, and you’ve peppered some good-willed students with your questions. However, that question still remains: what does a typical day look like? In this spirit, I […]

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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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