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Posted by: on December 17, 2019

Slush, Saunas, the Seed Fund, oh my!

Stepping into the Helsinki Expo and Convention Center the morning of November 21st felt like stepping into an alternate universe of tech startups and Venture Capital (VC) firms ready to intermingle at an indoor music festival. The venue had been transformed by neon pink and blue lights, trendy food stalls, and even an indoor garden […]

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Posted by: on December 16, 2019

Only five days left until the end of Michaelmas!

And yes, it all just flew by. It was only a few months ago when I was sitting in Nelson Mandela Lecture theatre listening to our dean, Peter Tufano, give a welcome speech to the class of 2019-2020. It was surreal. I had seen that lecture theatre while streaming the Responsible Business Forum and other […]

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Posted by: on December 5, 2019

Get to know Stephanie Aboagye, MBA 2019-20

Tell us about yourself: I was born and raised in Ghana and educated on three continents. I am passionate about entrepreneurship, social impact and finance. I love working with numbers, trying new cuisine and travelling. I have been a transaction advisor, an actuarial analyst and a co-founder of three businesses. Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Finance […]

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Posted by: on December 4, 2019

How to manage difficult conversations

I love to ask questions to deepen my understanding. I believe asking great questions is an awesome skill to have. This year, however, I discovered that I am an activist: I raise my voice in matters that contradict my values. And it happened a few times. I also had the wrong impression that many people […]

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Posted by: on December 3, 2019

Time management

If there is one thing we are all universally struggling with at Oxford, it’s time management. On any given night you could be going to a dozen different interesting talks, seeing a show or a gig, chatting with college friends or coursemates, or (gasp) actually getting some reading done! I’m currently in my MSc year […]

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Posted by: on November 27, 2019

When reality exceeds expectations

As soon as I was admitted to the Oxford MBA, and my dream of coming to Oxford became a reality, I tried to gather as much information as I could to get the clearest possible picture of what my life was going to be like here. I talked to alumni, I followed all social media […]

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Posted by: on November 25, 2019

Michaelmas musings

As I write this blog post, 9 weeks have gone by since I started at Saïd Business School. It feels like it was months and months ago because my weeks since then have been so packed with activity. On that first day, I arrived excited but anxious, wondering what the future held for me and […]

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Posted by: on November 15, 2019

Teamwork makes the dream work

I had to miss the first two weeks of class – bugger! After the crazy whirlwind journey of hauling my wife (Jenny), dog (Hunter) and myself into Oxford, detailed in my last post, the saga was still not over and in order for Jenny to obtain a dependent visa, we had to go to Belgium […]

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Posted by: on November 12, 2019

MBA classmates: different, but the same.

One of the strengths of the Oxford MBA is the diversity of the cohort and how this diversity is embraced. This was a major consideration for me in applying at Oxford and now, after just one month at Saïd Business School, I already experience the tremendous value of this. The 2019-2020 cohort consists of 329 […]

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Posted by: on November 11, 2019

You have chosen wisely!

24 hours, in a room with 8 people from different backgrounds, made me learn the most important lessons in my life. In the two-week break between leaving my job and flying here to commence this wonderful journey at Oxford, I kept thinking about the clubs or activities I was going to join. I found out […]

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