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Posted by: on May 12, 2016

Beware of keeping busy – What the Oxford MBA taught me about being conscious a...

In my MBA, I learned a lot of the skills I had imagined I would. I learned to be a better leader by being a better listener, a better strategist by being able to connect the dots, and a better manager by understanding how different business functions interact to create value. However, some of my […]

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Posted by: on January 18, 2016

Reflection is the name of the game

Winter break brought a much needed space for rest, reflection, and rejuvenation after four incredibly eventful months of business school. Michaelmas, the first of three ten-week terms, was exhilarating and enlightening. Yet at the same time, it was also mentally straining. Abundant activities eroded my energy levels like constant rain erodes land. Days were bursting […]

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Posted by: on November 24, 2015

A day in the life of an MBA

The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and we have firmly settled into our schedules. The programme is running at full pace now, with most assignments due within the next few weeks. It’s a good moment to reflect on the “typical week” in the life of an MBA. This is week ten […]

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Posted by: on November 9, 2015

Exploring new experiences at Oxford

It has been two months since I started my journey as an Oxonion and lived among elegant historic buildings. I still remember the time about one year ago when I was working on my MBA application and reading Oxford MBA blogs. Beyond useful and insightful stories about classes and the business school, they talked about […]

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Posted by: on October 23, 2015

Stay hungry, stay foolish, stay awake

It is week five of the Oxford MBA, and we a rolling full-steam. The average weekday sees six hours worth of class-time. The classes are highly collaborative, mentally stimulating and extremely engaging. Everyone contributes to class, and adds context to theory through their professional expertise. It is truly fantastic and everything I had hoped for. […]

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Posted by: on October 10, 2015

And we are off

In the past three weeks, we ran through the Launch, an introduction to the MBA programme. We got to know our peers, enjoyed inspiring key-note lectures and got a taste of the academic rigour in our first classes. It was an incredibly intense start to the programme (try remembering 300 new names), but is has […]

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Posted by: on September 21, 2015

Arriving in Oxford

After months of elated waiting, hard work of finishing my job, and a calming mini-holiday in the US, my fiancé Sabrina and I finally arrived in Oxford this week. Sabrina will take up a degree of her own at Oxford Brookes University, so we both will be students for this year. Our first week in […]

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Posted by: on September 10, 2015

Ode to Oxford

As I reflect on the past year as an MBA student at Oxford University, I am reminded of the following haiku: The world of dew, is the world of dew. And yet, and yet – – Kobayashi Isa Isa recognized the fact that, although he knew and fully understood that life and experiences are ephemeral, […]

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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 December 15, 2014

“Firms and Markets”

The last 3 weeks have been overwhelming. Classes were getting more intense with assignment deadlines nearing. MBA candidates rushed to complete their valuation models for a fictional Waitrose acquisition case. It was a common sight to see both poets and quants work together to evaluation the acquisition of a wine business in Africa. Students debated […]

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