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Posted by: on February 16, 2015

A fighting spirit

This year has gotten off to a frantic start, as is always the case for all final-year MBA students. January brings the intersection of three professional buckets: the interviewing rush, the innumerable challenges we wittingly and unwittingly commit to and the ramp up of coursework. My experience and reaction to all these forces thus far […]

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Posted by: on January 29, 2015

(Bi)cycle Wars

One element of Oxford living that doesn’t get enough attention is cycling, or as my American self would call it, biking. This is a biker city, and if you live anywhere that’s more than a 5-minute walk from class, you’re going to want to get a cycle. This is one element I didn’t quite factor […]

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Posted by: on January 26, 2015

Paper Tigers and Intrapreneurs

Dear Friends, It has been an action-packed time at Saïd Business School since I last blogged.  We have had exams, which were in the main okay (as long as you revise) apart from the odd paper tiger.  Time intensive though, and I now know what the admissions team (big shout to Gisela who is the […]

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Posted by: on January 26, 2015

Lessons from tragedy

A lot has happened since my last blog post…. Around 9:30am on the 15th of December a man walked into The Lindt café. A café in the centre of the city of my hometown of Sydney. Lindt serves one of the better hot chocolates in Sydney and being in the centre of the city and […]

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Posted by: on January 26, 2015

(Ice) Hockey’s Continuing Benefits and Oxford University Sports

For roughly two decades of my life, hockey – or ice hockey so as not to confuse my British friends – occupied the majority of my time. If I wasn’t playing it or training for it, I was thinking about it. While playing junior hockey in Strathroy, Ontario, our coach and mentor, Pat Stapleton, a […]

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Posted by: on January 22, 2015

We also questioned what being ‘world class’ meant

The term exams just ended and many MBA candidates in Saïd Business School tasted for the first time in many years what it feels like to be a nervous student again. Prior to the exams, the Sainsbury Library was packed with students trying to cramp 8 to 10 lectures of content in 2 to 3 […]

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Posted by: on January 21, 2015

Hellary on Wheels

As we forge into Hilary Term (lovingly nicknamed “Hellary” from the combination of cold, dark winter weather and building intensity in the MBA), we’re settling more into ourselves as business students. Now more selective when it comes to how I spend my time, I can feel myself becoming focused, moving from exploration to a deep […]

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Posted by: on January 20, 2015

Easier than expected…

So the first term is finally over. Even with the extension of exams week to after the holiday break, my assessment of the Oxford MBA workload over the past few months is that it was actually much easier than expected. From the start of my wife’s one year MBA programme in Boston, she was constantly […]

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Posted by: on January 20, 2015

Classes, College, and Clubs (and the Fear of Missing Out)

All students at Oxford have three major things to manage, no matter their programme of study: classes, college, and clubs. Of course these can’t be mentioned without also explaining FOMO, the Fear of Missing Out. The opportunity to engage in all 3 of these aspects, as opposed to just classes and clubs, is what makes […]

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Posted by: on January 5, 2015

Through Term One: The Transformation Report

I came to Oxford to achieve a career transformation. Specifically, I’ve been looking for something that my father has often repeated he is fortunate to have found in his work: a spiritual connection. No. Allow me to explain. Since 1872, my family has been stewards of the land in the hardwood lumber industry. In addition […]

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