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Posted by: on November 29, 2018

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It’s nearly December, which is hard to believe even as I write it. The first three months of my MBA endeavour have been exciting, challenging, and have flown by. An opportunity to perform a self-inventory arose during a Thanksgiving (Friendsgiving) dinner last weekend. I took a moment to pinch myself that this journey I had […]

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Posted by: on November 27, 2018

Matriculation Magic

Matriculation is one of those weird things I heard about over and over when people mentioned the special “Oxford” things. I would of course ask them many questions on it because it just seemed so foreign to me, and then thought I understood it, but I really did not having now gone through it. I […]

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Posted by: on November 22, 2018

You may be seated

The number 13 could mean different things to different people and cultures. To some it is an unlucky number, and to others it is a lucky number. However, to the 2018 freshers of Oxford University, the 13th day of October, 2018 was the day of our matriculation ceremony. I woke up that day bright and […]

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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 November 5, 2018

Life inside and outside Oxford

As our first exam and assignments approach and I attempt to settle into a routine while balancing the demands of this term, I have been reflecting on the great place Oxford is, but also the joy and need to get out of the business school and city at times. This year – and the MBA […]

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Posted by: on October 29, 2018

Get to know Chi-Elizabeth Duru

Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would you manager describe you? Best friend: Resilient Manager: Goal-oriented Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford. I started working as a graduate reservoir engineer with Schlumberger in 2008 and after 8 years […]

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Posted by: on October 26, 2018

How to apply a growth mindset to your MBA experience

“If the hat factory runs for 6 months, the cycle time is 7 minutes, and there are 800 hats made per day, how many hats are waiting in inventory?” Every day, I’m confronted with questions like this one: questions that force me to think differently than how I’ve thought before. As a former early childhood […]

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Posted by: on October 25, 2018

An old friend

“There they are, just follow them my dear.” I thanked the reassuring waiting staff member before turning my back on the Pembroke dining hall. I was one of the last ones out, having lingered to catch up with some fellow graduates. Tonight we were guests at the High Table, perched on the dais opposite the […]

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Posted by: on October 24, 2018

Running out of time

As Lin Manuel Miranda so aptly noted in his world-famous musical, Alexander Hamilton wrote like he was running out of time. As Oxford Saïd students, we literally are running out of time – and we feel it every single day. As I sit and reflect on my first month in this seemingly sleepy, yet bustling, […]

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Posted by: on October 22, 2018

Befriending self-doubt

It’s easy to go through life with an expectation that we’ll grow, become more confident, and less insecure. Many of us would probably agree that we’re far more comfortable and confident in our skins now, than we were as teenagers desperately trying figure ourselves out. The very idea of self-doubt is typically conceived of as […]

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