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Posted by: on January 14, 2019

Getting Uncomfortable

As Michaelmas term comes to an end, it is time to go through what was indeed an adjustment chapter,  especially considering Oxford’s intricate web of customs and traditions. Some of this term’s (unusual) experiences would have been: 1. Wearing a bow tie for the first time after having been through several Youtube tutorials on how […]

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Posted by: on December 20, 2018

Oxford Seed (Fun)d

What a whirlwind Michaelmas has been – I am grateful to use this post to take a step back and reflect on all of the incredible moments/people/places/experiences of this term. Besides getting to know my diverse and impressive classmates and taking unbelievable bonding trips to London, Berlin and Helsinki – the defining activity of this […]

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Posted by: on December 19, 2018

5 Habits to Create Saïd Serendipity

Twinkling Christmas lights and holiday cheer all around have prompted me to think about my most magical moments at Oxford so far. While these moments were easy to identify, it surprised me that the most serendipitous opportunities that I encountered were not a part of my classes, clubs, or regularly scheduled activities. Our MBA schedules […]

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Posted by: on December 17, 2018

RE:creation triumph at C4Bi competition

Its 6:45pm, we have 15 minutes to finalise a presentation to FC Barcelona, copy check a letter on Chef Ferran Adria’s ‘creative audit process’ and make sure our strategic recommendations make sense. This moment of the ‘Creativity for Business Innovation’ competition arrived ten hours after sitting around a boardroom table, trying not to be overheard […]

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Posted by: on December 14, 2018

Why I run.

In our first week at Oxford many runners in the MBA cohort linked up with one another to focus on the Oxford half-marathon. Some were in a state of panic and others were in high-performance mode. Whether doing a first half-marathon or aiming to smash a personal best, we got together to cram in some […]

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Posted by: on December 12, 2018

My first term in Oxford: Lessons Learned

The first thing you learn when you arrive in Oxford is to speak Oxonian. There are no numbered semesters or quarters in Oxford. Terms are divided into three trimesters: Michaelmas, Hilary, and Trinity. What people might think as of “Harry Potter style uniforms” is called sub fusc. It consists of black and white smart clothes […]

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Posted by: on December 10, 2018

So little time, so much generosity..

My classmates are generous. Time is limited between classes, employer events, and social activities. Yet, time and time again, students are more than willing to offer their limited time to support other students in the program. I was lucky enough to get a sense of this well before joining the 2018-19 cohort. My first encounter […]

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Posted by: on December 6, 2018

Expanding Horizons and Weaving Global Threads

“Never forget that there are countless people who would be happy to live your worst day.” – Colombian Airbnb Host. These words of wisdom will forever stick as a relevant daily reminder from one of the many interactions of my round-the-world voyage over the summer. Since then, already two months have swiftly passed in the […]

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Posted by: on December 4, 2018

After 70 Days….

After 2 months at Oxford, I have learned some life lessons, made some mistakes, made some incredible friends, met some powerful people and the most exciting part is that, it’s just the beginning. On 17 September 2018, about 300 students from over 60 countries gathered at the Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre at the Saïd Business […]

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Posted by: on December 3, 2018

Case studies and Battlefield Studies

‘Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.’ (George Santayana) As I go on the journey from infantry officer to civilian via the MBA at Said Business School in Oxford I’m constantly seeking to identify areas of crossover between the military and the private sector.  Currently trending for me is the use […]

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