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Posted by: on March 12, 2018

Lessons from Michaelmas, Carpe Diem!

I often get asked by my ex-colleagues and friends what it feels like to make the transition from Banker / Private equity Practitioner to being a full-time student…I swopped spending every week in a different country, working 15 – 18 hour days, leading operational improvements in investee companies and running due diligence exercises on target […]

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Posted by: on February 13, 2018

Know your priorities, but focus on giving rather than taking

Being at Oxford feels like you you are constantly at a conference. Every single day we are meeting new people – classmates, scientists, CEOs, even Malala. Outside of our classes there are a ton of talks on everything from morality to healthcare innovation to cryptocurrency to Middle Eastern politics, a gazillion clubs, numerous balls, sports, […]

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Posted by: on February 12, 2018

Getting an Oxford Experience for the Introverted (or the curious minded)

Sometimes the MBA program can be an exhaustive experience for introverts. The self-created pressure to become instant friends with classmates and professional urge to network can be daunting even for the extroverted. Being an introvert by nature, I was a bit worried about how I am going to cope with these new ties and experiences. […]

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Posted by: on January 26, 2018

Musings on Michaelmas

It is hard to believe that Michaelmas term has come and gone. For the one-year Oxford MBA programme, Michaelmas represents the single most intense period, mostly because a lot happens so quickly and all at once: moving to Oxford, meeting new people – and of course, dealing with FOMO and coping with the relentless academic […]

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Posted by: on January 22, 2018

To Future Oxford MBA’s: You Will Survive Michaelmas Too

We are headed into week two of Hilary term—our second of three. All of our Michaelmas exams are finished, our papers are turned in, and the communal ban on rehashing exams is an unspoken pact. We have spent our week murmuring of dreaded retakes—though we are all secretly relieved to hear we are not alone […]

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Posted by: on December 11, 2017

My journey from Saint Louis

I didn’t know that I was an entrepreneur. Heck, I couldn’t even spell the word entrepreneur consistently until about 4 months ago (it’s got that special French characteristic of having more vowels than seems reasonable). Fortunately for me, it turns out you can embody the ideals of an entrepreneur without actually realizing it. What I […]

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Posted by: on December 8, 2017

Stranger things: My earliest and most surprising takeaway from the Oxford MBA

In Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist, a young shepherd leaves his Andalusian village to seek buried treasure in the shadows of the Egyptian pyramids. And though he has only seen the treasure in a dream, the boy sets off across the desert, aided solely by the strangers in his path: an old king, a humble shopkeeper, […]

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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 29, 2017

My Journey from New Delhi to Oxford

My journey leading up to Saïd Business School has always been guided by one principle, to put the impact of the work I’m doing first, before anything else. My journey started in 2014 when I had been working at a development economics research center in India for about two years. As a researcher, I became […]

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Posted by: on November 28, 2017

Impact – how can we best spend our time to be most effective?

When everyone is talking about start-ups, the next big thing and being their own boss, what are the best questions to ask ourselves? Where are the best solutions? I have been asking myself this question a lot since starting my MBA. Entrepreneurship, especially in the social impact space, seems to focus on the ability for […]

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