Oxford EMBA 16 began on September 11th, 2016, the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As a New Yorker, it was an emotional Sunday morning for me. It feels like it was only yesterday when two planes flew into the Twin Towers and changed our lives forever. I still remember frantically calling friends and family who worked in the downtown area that day to see if they were okay. This is the first time I was overseas on a 9/11 anniversary. Part of me really wished I was in New York to mark this occasion with my friends and family. However, as resilient New Yorkers, we know we must be strong and continue to march forward with our lives. We, New Yorkers, will not let anything get in the way of renewal and progress.
As I walked into the Ashmolean Museum for the EMBA Welcome Dinner that evening, the positive energy from my fellow classmates uplifted me. We introduced ourselves and learned that we are flying in from all four corners of the globe: Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Tanzania, United States and many more. We all came with an open-mind to learn from one another and experience all that Oxford has to offer.
The first week of class was phenomenal. Although our schedule was jam-packed from morning to night, and we were trying to overcome our jet lag, we somehow managed to be very productive. We learned about each other’s professional backgrounds and expertise over tea breaks and meals. We donned on our subfuscs and looked like characters from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series for our matriculation ceremony. We had our first formal dinner at Queen’s College. We were introduced to many leadership development concepts and conducted initial study group meetings. We broke out into small groups and visited our respective colleges. We even participated in a debate at the Oxford Union. We were in awe as we sat in the famous debate hall, where many future leaders and heads of states once debated important issues of the day as Oxford students. There is just so much history on this campus for us to take in.
Our first week ended with a full day of analytics. While we were busy studying confidence intervals and sampling errors, I can say with 100% confidence that the Oxford EMBA programme will be an incredible and life-changing journey for us all.Back to top of article