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Posted by: on March 7, 2017

The healing power of the “other life”

When you come back to Oxford after such an inspirational first week you wonder if this will be the week when reality hits and the magic of week 1 starts fading away. But as I sit in the bus to London Heathrow airport at the end of week 2 I am still full of magic. […]

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Posted by: on March 6, 2017

Not your ordinary Business School: the power of difference

Imagine a classroom where almost no one was like you. Different nationalities (34 in our case), genders (33% female), ethnicities, skills, languages, socio-economic backgrounds and certainly different personalities. Yet here we all are, in other ways just the same; eager, committed, experienced in our respective fields, driven by a desire to learn more, understand ourselves […]

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Posted by: on March 1, 2017

#67newfriends

On my way home from Module 1, I was still trying to wrap my head around this inspiring, fast-paced week that felt like the beginning of a transformational journey. During the application process, during the trip to Oxford for the interview and after the truly unbelievable moment of receiving a letter of acceptance, I tried […]

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Posted by: on March 1, 2017

Making the Most of the College Experience

One of the truly differentiating factors of an Oxford education is, indeed, the chance to engage outside of one’s department within one of the many colleges and halls of the greater University. In the EMBA programme, it is often thought that one will have little opportunity to take advantage of the college experience offered to […]

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Posted by: on February 28, 2017

Six Secrets to Success for a Brilliant Oxford Entrepreneurship Project Pitch (Pa...

1. ID brilliant, agreeable, like-minded team members This one is easy. I heard one classmate’s brief presentation of another classmate’s plans to use machine learning in her project about predicting global water scarcity. I wanted immediately to be part of their team. My role as Chief Business Officer is to develop a market for our […]

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Posted by: on February 28, 2017

R-squared

One of the criteria for professors to gain tenure at Saїd Business School is that they must be funny. This doesn’t feel like going to class, it feels like 8 hours a day of stand-up comedy. I don’t know what they put in the water here, but these guys are very entertaining. If you have […]

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Posted by: on February 27, 2017

Six Secrets to Success for a Brilliant Oxford Entrepreneurship Project Pitch (Part 1)

One evening while I was a post-graduate student at Georgetown in the late nineties, some humbled MBAs called to my door. They were selling Christmas cards for their MBA entrepreneurship project. Partly because of this experience, I’d dreaded the prospect of doing an MBA: would I have to sell Christmas cards door-to-door to prove to […]

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Posted by: on February 22, 2017

Fidelio

We walk slowly in procession past Roman and Greek statues on a cold Sunday evening in January. At least two dozen frozen faces stare down at us. Nobody says anything. It feels like we have entered a Stanley Kubrick movie. At the end of the long hallway there is some noise. We enter a room […]

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Posted by: on February 13, 2017

The “Red Pill” experience

“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” –Morpheus (The Matrix, 1999) The “rabbit hole” adventure & discovery came to life at Oxford… My […]

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Posted by: on January 31, 2017

The 67 marvels and I…

I don’t mind confessing that I was a little [read: very] nervous before attending module 1 of the EMBA. I even constructed a scenario in my mind where there had been an error in the administration process and I would arrive on day 1 to find out that they were expecting someone else! For reference, […]

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