Brett Y








Sep 2016 - May 2018

By Brett Y

A Day in the Life of an EMBA Student

5:00 am: Woke up, got out of bed, and begrudgingly skipped breakfast in Keble College’s grand dining hall to jog two miles out to the Green Templeton boat house on the Thames.

Keble College Oxford Executive MBA

6:00 am: Rowed for an hour with my fellow EMBA classmates as the sun came up over the tree line.

Oxford EMBA students rowing on the Isis


7:30 am: Jogged back into town – stopping to eat wild blackberries along the riverside – to meet my Entrepreneurship group for a working breakfast to hash out plans for a presentation of our project, a plan to build an online sales portal for premium used vehicles which will be implemented in Eastern Canada in 2018. Took some pictures of Christchurch College along the way.

Christchurch College Oxford

9:00 am: Arrived at the Saïd Business School to meet with my study group to finish a presentation for our Ethics and Governance course due at noon. Our team presented a case study of the systemic lapses in ethical standards with the US Custom and Border Patrol (CBP). Our presentation focused on the harrowing story of a young Mexican teenager whose death can be directly attributed to the cruelty and disregard for human life of two CBP agents. Watch the documentary.

12:00 pm: Attended a lunchtime presentation on Social Entrepreneurship.

1:00 – 2:45 pm: Attended a Careers Workshop focused on building your personal brand.

3:00 pm: Ran into town to the Sheldonian Theatre to see a lecture by famed pianist Alfred Brendel on Beethoven’s late sonatas.

Alfred Brendel on Beethoven's sonatas at the Sheldonian Theatre

4:00 – 7:30 pm: Ran back to Saïd to attend two sessions of Business Finance lectures covering taxation and executive compensation.

7:30 pm: Dinner in the Pyramid room with my classmates where I listened to an interesting conversation about Bitcoin and took a sip of a $4000, 70-year old whiskey.

70 year old whiskey in the Pyramid Room at Oxford Saïd

9:00 pm: Walked back into town to the Eagle and Child Pub for a gin tonic. Out of sheer luck they happened to be in the middle of a gin festival, so I tried a Sipsmith for the first time, served in a tall crystal glass with a slice of lime.

Eagle and Child Pub Oxford

10:00 pm: Walked back to my dorm room at Keble College and went straight to bed to prepare for another 5 am rowing session the next morning.

Keble College Oxford

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