Sep 2018 - May 2020
It is hard to believe that Module 1 is done! It was an exciting week of learning, meeting my classmates and professors, registering with Keble College, attending our induction ceremony and getting settled into the Saïd Business School. My classmates represent a diverse group of people from all walks of life and from around the globe. I’m the oldest in the class but I’m fine with that. The average age is mid-thirty. It is exciting to hear everyone’s perspective and to engage in conversations with new friends. My study group combines a unique blend of people with different personalities, various strengths and vast experiences. I look forward to working with my team to be the best that we can be.
There is plenty of reading and refreshing to be done in the coming weeks before Module 2 begins. Textbooks, slide charts, papers – the reading comes from a variety of sources. Now I need to organize my materials and my thoughts. In the weeks ahead I must determine how I best organize my time with the requirements of the class. Getting organized will be my top priority.
I learned a lot about myself this week. A personality test revealed much of what I knew and a few surprises. I think I have the stamina required to make it to the finish line. I don’t take my health for granted so I exercised regularly during Module 1. I did an early morning run and I joined a nearby gym. I also walked to and from my hotel to Saïd every day. I tried to eat as cleanly as possible but the temptations were plenty as the food was delicious. The weather was lovely as well. We had some beautiful sunny days with a hint of autumn in the air.
As far as I can tell, Analytics will be a bit of a challenge for me. I know that I’ll have to focus a good portion on my time reviewing the statistical material we covered in Module 1. The topics of leadership and corporate culture were extremely interesting. I look forward to hearing more.
Wish me luck! Chapter 1 of the Book of Learning is complete but there are many more chapters to come.
P.S. As you may know, I come from the beer business where our unit of measure is a case of 24 bottles. The number 24 has been very lucky for me over the years. Quite coincidentally, my locker number is 420. I think it is a good omen that the numbers 2 and 4 are in it!
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