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Posted by: on January 20, 2015

Easier than expected…

So the first term is finally over. Even with the extension of exams week to after the holiday break, my assessment of the Oxford MBA workload over the past few months is that it was actually much easier than expected. From the start of my wife’s one year MBA programme in Boston, she was constantly […]

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Posted by: on January 20, 2015

Classes, College, and Clubs (and the Fear of Missing Out)

All students at Oxford have three major things to manage, no matter their programme of study: classes, college, and clubs. Of course these can’t be mentioned without also explaining FOMO, the Fear of Missing Out. The opportunity to engage in all 3 of these aspects, as opposed to just classes and clubs, is what makes […]

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Posted by: on January 5, 2015

Through Term One: The Transformation Report

I came to Oxford to achieve a career transformation. Specifically, I’ve been looking for something that my father has often repeated he is fortunate to have found in his work: a spiritual connection. No. Allow me to explain. Since 1872, my family has been stewards of the land in the hardwood lumber industry. In addition […]

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Posted by: on December 18, 2014

The new to-do list

Michaelmas Term (the first term at the University of Oxford) is saying its last goodbyes and with those goodbyes the first chapter of my MBA journey comes to an end. I have been surprised by how quickly the time has flown and by the level of growth and change that has taken place in such a […]

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Posted by: on December 18, 2014

A Merry Christmichelmas to You

As our first term as MBA students draws to a close, I thought it appropriate to reflect on some highlights over the fast-moving train ride that has comprised the past few weeks. As the term ended early in December for the rest of the university, last week kicked off for me with a traditional Christmas […]

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Posted by: on December 15, 2014

“Firms and Markets”

The last 3 weeks have been overwhelming. Classes were getting more intense with assignment deadlines nearing. MBA candidates rushed to complete their valuation models for a fictional Waitrose acquisition case. It was a common sight to see both poets and quants work together to evaluation the acquisition of a wine business in Africa. Students debated […]

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Posted by: on December 11, 2014

Web Summit Day 1- Part 2

Web Summit Day 1 Part 2: Drew Houston on Success and Life as they relate to Tennis Balls and 30,000 Days As per my previous post, Web Summit Day 1, Part 1, the underlying theme of Web Summit’s opening day was that the secret of success for these extraordinarily young billionaires was essentially to come […]

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Posted by: on December 2, 2014

A User’s Guide to Building Your Own Master’s Program

To Build Your Own Master’s Program, You’ll Need: Collaboration Collaboration is what can make a Master’s program massive for your enjoyment, development, and career. Regardless of which school you go to, your Master’s pursuit serves as a platform to build something much larger than what’s on paper. The MBA program at Oxford University offers scales […]

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Posted by: on December 1, 2014

From investment banker to financial wizard – pursuing a MBA degree in Hogwarts

Four months ago, when I was sitting in my office at the CBD of Singapore, bidding farewell to my colleagues and shredding the pitchbooks I spent days and nights putting up together, I thought I finally can take a break from the investment banking life and seek some inner peace at my dream school. I […]

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Posted by: on November 26, 2014

Who says you have to have a job?

Muhammad Yunis says a job is an artificial thing. It is old-fashioned thinking. “A real human being,” Yunus told us, “is an entrepreneur. I’m not a job seeker; I’m a job creator.” Nobel Laureate, founder of the Grameen Bank (Grameen Foundation), lifelong social entrepreneur and incredibly eloquent speaker Professor Muhammad Yunus graced the halls of […]

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