Tell us about yourself: I have 9 years of digital marketing experience with over 7 of those years at Google. I’m from Comodoro Rivadavia, a small town in Patagonia Argentina. I have lived in Buenos Aires (ARG), Mexico City (MEX) and Boulder, Colorado (US).
Sector/Industry you worked in pre-MBA: Online marketing/technology
Sector/Industry you are hoping to work in post-MBA: Consumer goods/Food & Beverages
Country of residence before coming to Oxford: USA
College: Green Templeton College, because their international diversity appealed to me
Q1. In one word, how would your best friend describe you, and how would your manager describe you?
Q2. Tell us about where you have come from and what has led you to Oxford, and more specifically, the Oxford MBA.
Coming from a small town in Patagonia Argentina with an unprivileged upbringing meant travelling the world didn’t seem attainable growing up, it seemed like a very distant possibility. The concept of studying abroad seemed utterly impossible. My mom was a little bit revolutionary in terms of education, and even though she was highly criticised for it at the time, I grew up without a TV, computer or Internet at home. This opened me up to losing myself in books and fantastic stories, different realities and places. This was my window to other worlds. We didn’t have money to travel but through fantasy I got a peek into what life could be. And I started dreaming a little bit bigger than what my surroundings could provide. But dreaming big at that time was still small in comparison to what I allowed myself to dream later.
With some parental guidance and a lot of hard work, I ended up getting a scholarship into one of the most prestigious universities in Argentina. Picture a small town girl who has never taken the subway or eaten fast food, who wears odd clothing, and struggles with Microsoft: that was me when I first moved to Buenos Aires to go to college. I went from feeding chickens to ordering coffees at Starbucks. Adapting to city life gave me the skills needed to be flexible, strong and resilient. At college, I was exposed to people that had travelled the world and I started to realize it wasn’t impossible for me to dream about having an international career. Early on, I realized then I needed to get a job at a multinational company to accomplish that. It took me sometime to grow into a more confident person, at the beginning I was inadequate in my interviews, too introverted and shy. After a lot of rejections, and a job at a digital agency, I eventually landed a position at Google.
There I became a different person, and came completely out of my shell, and I was able to secure international opportunities through Google. Accepting job offers in countries I’d never visited before was part of the biggest decision I ever made –and the bravest. I lived in Mexico for two years and in the US for three. Those experiences not only defined who I am today but exposed me to people that had studied master’s abroad in prestigious universities. The idea started sounding feasible rather than ludicrous. I allowed myself to contemplate the possibility. For those who have earned their salaries in depreciated currencies know this is much more challenging than what it sounds. And at that point, I started researching and planning my MBA. It took me some time because I was unsure I could afford it, or that I could get in. Eventually, and while living in the US, I went ahead and started applying. The Oxford Saïd program was the only European MBA I applied to. To be completely honest, Oxford University had been part of my fantasy reading growing up, and it had a significant emotional component none of the other universities had. The decision to accept their offer was an easy one.
Now, when I finally move to Oxford it will be my first time in a European country. Another big adventure I can’t wait to start. There are two things I learned looking back at my story, one is that life can be as big as we allow ourselves to dream. And the second is, that we learn to dream further from the people we meet and the stories we read.
So, I am really looking forward to meeting all my future classmates in September. And hopefully this post can help as inspiration for future applicants.
Q3. What have you done to prepare yourself for the MBA?
I did some pre-MBA courses, like Math MBA. I am also expanding my network into the industries I am interested in, and countries I could legally work in. Basically, I spend a lot of time on Linkedin checking profiles and reaching out to people. While networking I am trying to figure out the future roles and positions I would like to pursue.
Q4. What do you hope to gain from completing your MBA?
A solid global network, better business background and analytical skills to reach the next step in my career.
Q5. What is the best advice you received before commencing your MBA?
Go for a top school, and do it full-time. It’s not worth the investment otherwise.
During the application: emphasize your unique perspective.
Q6. Do you have any advice about the Oxford MBA application process for candidates thinking of applying?
It’s hard sometimes realizing you have a unique perspective or profile. Especially if we work with people with similar backgrounds. Always try to remember that your particular story is unique. You need to figure out which story is that. Don’t be embarrassed if like myself, you have a humble beginning. Something I did was ask friends, managers and family members what things they thought made me unique. And I was surprised by some answers. I never considered myself brave for example, but people around me thought I was and that changed my perspective and narrative about myself.
Q7. What part of the programme are you most looking forward to?
I am looking forward to the Impact Lab and electives. Being able to shape what subjects to take based on my profile, is exciting to me.
Q8. What do you think will be the most challenging part of the programme?
Probably finance, I’ve done courses on Economics, Accountancy, Statistics and Analytics in the past but Finance is quite new after a brief intro in Math MBA.
Q9. How do you plan to take the learnings from the MBA to influence positive change?
I would like to lead my own team at some point, and I plan to take every leadership learning into practice afterwards.
Q10. Are there any sport teams, societies, or clubs you’re hoping to become a member of?
I would love to try rowing as soon as it’s possible to do that again. I’ve been a runner for 17 years but I am currently recovering from a knee injury, if I am well enough to run again I will likely join a running club/group. I would love to go hiking in the meantime as well.And I haven’t seen any art related clubs or activities but I am planning on researching more regarding those opportunities. I am a painter/drawer myself. I recently started some creative writing, so that’s something I will be willing to explore as well.