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Peace Ani

Degree:

Diploma in Strategy and Innovation

Location:

United Kingdom

Industry:

Asset Management

Year:

2019

By Peace Ani

Oxford Nostalgia

“After you climb a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb” – Nelson Mandela

As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford University could be described as both the foundation of academia and apex of innovation. As an unique and historic institution dating back to 1096, it’s a special feeling to now be part of Oxford’s history and to have Oxford as a part of my story.

As I come out of the train station at Oxford, I cast my gaze over to the business school forlornly at the thought that this was my last module of Strategy and Innovation, once I clear the hurdle of the Globalisation strategy exam first thing in the morning and submit the integrative assignment. The cold and wet October was also a reminder of exactly how this journey started in February, as though illustrating the symmetry of endings and new beginnings – the euphoria and mixed feelings of excitement is still high, only this time also nostalgic about the good times, the paradigm shift, and almost metamorphic transformation that has happened in between.

The wonderful times with the classmates, working through and debating the key points of a business case study, passionate class discussions or just dinner and drinks at the local restaurants and pubs. I can’t believe it’s all coming to an end. Back in February I was full of high hopes and aspirations of what I wanted to get out of the programme.

 

Classroom view

 

Although everything that came before this time were all stepping stones and part of the journey, however, it seems I’m finally getting a lucky break. Sometimes we create our own luck by the decisions we make or don’t make. According to Mark and as illustrated in the below painting, Occasio means opportunity, and she’s always looking for a lucky soul, but you have to anticipate opportunities and be receptive.

 

 

Sometimes all it takes is to decide, take a risk – in effect all you need to do is make a move and the rest will follow. Today as I write this, feeling nostalgic about my time at Oxford and looking for reasons to come back to Oxford again for more, I also feel glad to have had the opportunity to be part of this wonderful institution and to share the experience with my wonderful cohort DipSI19 – “Best cohort ever”

I leave here with a broader horizon and as a better person with deeper insights and wider cross sights.

 

I am hopeful and full of great expectations for what may come next.

 

 

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