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Sidney Liu

Degree:

EMBA

Location:

United States

Industry:

Finance

Year:

Jan 2018 - Sep 2019

By Sidney Liu

Dream & Reality

Oxford, city of dreaming spires. Coming to Oxford, feels like a dream. Like a superman, putting on a cape, flying to Oxford, leaving daily life and noise behind, living a mysterious life, dreaming the dreams. Once the module is over, taking off the cape, and back to my regular mundane self.

Three modules into Oxford EMBA program, my dream continues, and it just keeps getting better! Cruising down the streets in a bicycle (borrowed from Balliol College), meandering the historic streets, buildings, shops and bars, enjoying a meal in the magnificent dining hall with cohort buddies, even staying back and working on the assignment sometimes seems enjoyable, after being out of school for so long!

Pictures, pictures:

Enjoying a meal in Balliol dining hall

Enjoying a meal in Balliol dining hall

 

Dean Peter Tufano kicked off Oxford Entrepreneurship Forum

Dean Peter Tufano kicked off Oxford
Entrepreneurship Forum

 

Participating in Oxford Entrepreneurship Forum

Participating in Oxford Entrepreneurship Forum

 

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone gave a talk

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone gave a talk

 

Serene Oxford University Student Union

Serene Oxford University Student Union

In between the modules, many things happened at a crazy pace: Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum; Chinese New Year celebrations; Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest minds, and one of the most famous Oxford alumni, died; Trump started a trade war with China; Kobe Bryant, the NBA basketball superstar, won an Oscar Award; and I switched jobs to JP Morgan, after 11 years with S&P Global! Arghhhh, let reality set in.

This bubble of the Oxford dream is occasionally poked, as I was, like others, sweating through Analytics group and individual assignments on decision trees and Monte Carlo – Professor James had amazing ways of teaching the boring subject (for most earthly beings), and reading through insane amount of reading materials, overflowing the brain capacity for sure! Nonetheless, all seems to be tamed and enjoyable like a good workout.

Bonding with amazing cohort in India

Bonding with amazing cohort in India

 

More fun and bonding in India

More fun and bonding in India

 

More and more happy bonding in India😊

More and more happy bonding in India😊

 

Visiting Mahindra Electric car company in India

Visiting Mahindra Electric car company in India

 

10,000 start-up pitching event in India

10,000 start-up pitching event in India

 

Magnificent Leela Palace hotel in Bengaluru

Magnificent Leela Palace hotel in Bengaluru

Until the reality of ‘The Global Rules of the Game ‘ India module punctured the balloon, and pulled us closer to the reality of daily life of the poorest of poor in India, when we visited slum areas in Bangalore.

There is a fine line between academia and the sad reality, and it’s extremely tough to stay purely academics and not get emotional about those people, especially kids, while some sophisticated ‘entrepreneur’ wearing an expensive suit was talking incessantly about interest rate, installment, and fine sales plan to sucker the poorest of poor, for a solar powered light costing them 6 months of rent!

Appalling environment in Bangalore slums

Appalling environment in Bangalore slums

 

Appalling environment in Bangalore slums

Appalling environment in Bangalore slums

 

3 generations in Bangalore slum

3 generations in Bangalore slum

 

Distributing candies and snacks to kids in the slum

Distributing candies and snacks to kids in the slum

 

Woman eating lunch in her house

Woman eating lunch in her house

 

Man showing off his solar powered light and fan

Man showing off his solar powered light and fan

‘The Global Rules of the Game’ India module definitely put many things into perspective, shedding a light onto doing business and establishing social enterprises in emerging markets. Both are in dire need. Bureaucracy and corruption should and must give way to humanity.

Looking forward to being in Oxford again.

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