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Posted by: on September 28, 2015

MBA Launch begins – A Year of Opportunity (MT -2)

This week has been intense and honestly felt like a month. We have had many parties and pub nights, LONG lectures filled with all 340 of us; some terrible sessions and some astoundingly amazing ones including Sue … Sue Tonks and Simon Bucknell. Simon’s session on executive presence was by far my favorite and I […]

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Posted by: on September 24, 2015

No Fool

They say that if a man is a fool, you don’t train him out of being a fool by sending him to university. You merely turn him into a trained fool, ten times more dangerous. I suppose that notion is only amplified when paying an exorbitant amount in MBA tuition for a third turn at […]

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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 20, 2015


Hello readers and, most likely, prospective SBS applicants. My name is Nick Anstett. I’m a 29-year-old, Canadian, former financial communications consultant, with a darling wife and no kids (yet). This is my first blog post on behalf of the business school. Stuart Walters and Emily McDonnell, the wonderful marketing folks at SBS, are absolutely right to […]

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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 August 25, 2015

Everyone Has Baggage

I was seven weeks away from Oxford and already stressing out. My flight out of Brisbane was due in four days and I had not packed one box or folded a single shirt. Without even knowing my post-MBA destination, I had to pack up my life and send it somewhere.  My scratched up desk, my […]

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Posted by: on May 27, 2015

IS comfort=happiness ?

We sit in an air-conditioned cubicle on a plush retractable chair in the middle of the sky enjoying choice entertainment on TV- yet all we think about is the “inadequate” leg space. We speak into our palms and a person on the other side of the pacific hears and smiles and yet all that matters […]

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Posted by: on May 19, 2015

Where Tech Meets Tradition

Sunday dinner got a bit of an upgrade last weekend, when I found myself facing a table filled with Bob Goodson, Co-founder of Quid, Christian Lanng of Tradeshift, the DiNucci family of Silicon Valley fame, a myriad of SBS alumni and successful entrepreneurs, and of course, Dean Tufano and the Vice Chancellor of the University. […]

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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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Posted by: on May 5, 2015

What might Artificial Intelligence do with the Natural World?

Over a recent pub dinner, Oxford MBA classmate and good pal, Joel Usher, went cerebral over his favourite topic, Artificial Intelligence (AI). Joel discussed how rapidly AI could usurp humans as the dominant player on Earth. He highlighted that some of the world’s most influential people, such as Stephen Hawking (Oxford alum) and Elon Musk, […]

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