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Posted by: on November 20, 2018

A Band of Brothers

Since arriving to Oxford, I have been fortunate to join the Oxford University Men’s lacrosse team. We are more than a team. We are a band of brothers, ranging from Ph.D candidates to undergraduates to fellow Oxford MBAers. Lacrosse is unique as a sport in that it attracts not just the desire to be great […]

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Posted by: on October 5, 2018

One week down, 51 to go…

Researching MBAs, you hear a lot about what the MBA experience is all about. Some of these ‘facts’ end up being true and some are just plain wrong. Of course, what I’ve quickly realised is, there is no definitive version of an Oxford Saïd MBA (or probably any MBA for that matter), it’s yours to […]

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Posted by: on July 16, 2018

Oxford Saïd came to play and play we did.

Bringing home the MBAT trophy for the second year in a row was an amazing experience. If you’re an incoming MBA, mark your calendar now and make attending this a priority! Oxford Saïd came to play and play we did. Some (winning) highlights: 1. Battle of the Bands Our multi-instrumental KILLER talented band, Alex in Wonderland, […]

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Posted by: on April 20, 2018

6am to midnight: reflections on Hilary term

Johannesburg, April 7 2018 Hello to you all and greetings from Johannesburg, where I am sitting in my hotel room before the beginning of a week-long Saïd Business School international elective – Growth Prospects and Opportunities for Business in Africa. Fifty-three of us (16% of the class!) have given up a week of a short […]

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Posted by: on March 28, 2018

Crossing the ford: my hardest lesson yet from the Oxford MBA

The City of Dreaming Spires takes its nickname from a little-known poem by Matthew Arnold. But when it was published in 1865, just one of 240 lines paid tribute to that celebrated skyline. The rest more or less memorialized the town’s incessant wetness—from “an upland dim” where the author walked, chased by “volleying rains and […]

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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 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 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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