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Posted by: on November 2, 2016

Home Away From Home: Garden Plot #54A

“You have less than a year! Don’t follow the throng: decide on the right opportunities for you.” Given that Oxford’s program is only a year long, FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) was something I felt strongly starting from Day 1 at Oxford Saïd. FOMO was what made Dean Tufano’s advice stick out and catch me […]

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Posted by: on October 10, 2016

Memoir of a novice rower

            Involuntarily awaken after four hours of sleep, it is 4:51AM. I get into sportswear and take my rowing gear – which Ghadeer my wholehearted wife had bought me the night before on our anniversary. My alarm clock went off 10 minutes after. I was just thinking: that is precious […]

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Posted by: on September 28, 2016

Knocking Friedman – at Oxford Union

It is not unusual for an Oxonian to walk into buildings no less than a couple of centuries old. But walking right through the Oxford Union’s “Members Only” labelled gate for the first time last night had a special feeling. It was even more amplified after crossing the garden into the Debate Chamber; the room […]

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Posted by: on January 28, 2016

Kicking Ass in the Thames

“These dudes look young” is the first thing I thought of Magdalen A. Everyone in their 8+ looked in their early twenties, while my Green Templeton B boat averaged a respectable thirty years. Theirs was the ‘A’ boat of their college; we were a lowly ‘B’ team. We were seconds from the start of the […]

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Posted by: on January 4, 2016


Michaelmas term ended and I could not have gotten out of Oxford quickly enough: oh the grey skies, the drizzle, the all-too-brief daylight hours, the cobblestone streets that catch my heels, the insistence that a baked potato is a meal. Then I got mugged on a beach in Brazil and thought: “So, Oxford, eh?” I’m […]

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Posted by: on November 30, 2015

Sport at the Oxford MBA

When you think about an MBA program, usually the last thing you think of is professional collegiate sport. (Yes Americans, I’m going to use the British Sport instead of the American Sports … Yes I do realize it makes me sound like Mitt Romney …. No, I don’t care … Cheerio!) I don’t know how […]

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Posted by: on November 24, 2015

A Perfect Circle

By the October 9th end of the MBA Launch, the gathering of students in Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre had (d)evolved into a cacophony of hacking coughs. If you closed your eyes, it was kind of amazing. The coughs told a story of shaking hands, trading stories, nights out, celebratory hugs, biking side by side in […]

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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 19, 2015

Hail Michaelmas

It is that time of the year when the weather has just started to get chilly in Oxford, and things have started to heat up in the business school and the MBA curriculum. A month and a half has passed, and we are already gearing up for our first taste of the dreaded examinations at […]

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Posted by: on May 14, 2015

All Work, No Play?

Scratch that. Reverse it. About two thirds of the MBA class took a serious break from real life this past weekend to engage in what was for many the most enjoyable weekend of the year. We took to the campus of fellow b-school HEC Paris, where we met MBAs from schools across Europe to compete […]

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