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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 January 17, 2022

A class I shall remember even on my deathbed

Have you ever felt that you are surrounded only by like-minded people? I certainly felt that in late 2019. From time to time, I disagreed with people around me, but fundamentally we shared the same values and opinions. I guess most people have similar experiences since it seems evolutionary – we are drawn to conversations […]

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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 27, 2021

Talking about large scale problems

Food production contributes around 37 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, almost 19 times the amount from the commercial aviation industry and meat contributes 60 percent of GHG emissions from food production. Within the first few weeks of the MBA commencing, I had learnt more than I could possibly imagine about topics which […]

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Posted by: on December 23, 2021

My journey at Oxford Saïd so far

I can’t believe it’s 3 months since I arrived in the UK and started living this dream of doing a world-class MBA at Oxford and I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who contributed to making this dream a reality. I pinch myself every time I think that I’m here, doing what I always said […]

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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 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 December 3, 2021

One year into the Oxford 1+1 MBA, one year into policy, business and purpose

I absolutely loved my job back home. I got the opportunity to work with dreamers and doers at the forefront of business sustainability alongside social entrepreneurs, activists, public servants, and many others. I oversaw the Peruvian Social Enterprise Platform, KUNAN. Together with a small but powerful team, we showed that business – no matter how […]

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Posted by: on November 24, 2021

Human Connection: Connecting the dots

Two months to the date of our first induction lecture at Saïd Business School, the one thing that strikes me every day whilst being at Oxford is, the people. It sounds obvious when you think our cohort is made up of 355 exceptionally talented people, representing 71 nationalities, but, it goes much further than their […]

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