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Posted by: on April 16, 2019

The start of my Oxonian journey

One of the scariest and nerve-wracking events for a 40-year old lady, apart from being aware that I hit 40 and also that I’m disclosing it here, and being a mother to a teen, a wannabe teen (hubby) and a puppy entering his teens, is getting back to studies!! Of course, you know that when […]

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Posted by: on May 8, 2017

The Moocs are taking over… or are they?

After a hiatus of around 5 years I decided to study again. My last certification was CIA (not the investigative kind, the audit kind). I breezed through it if I may say so myself. It was in essence the kind of certification that in today’s world would be considered redundant. It reinforced skills that I […]

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Posted by: on May 2, 2017

Tearing down walls, building perspective

Returning home on Saturday evening from Module 2 of the Diploma in Strategy and Innovation, the adrenaline was starting to slow down from the previous days, but I still had the feeling of awe. Words like “intense”, “challenging”, “life changing” that described the week before were still in my head. We arrived as a cohort […]

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Posted by: on April 20, 2017

The Big Race

It’s a gorgeous sunny afternoon in London! Perfect weather to watch the famous Oxford v Cambridge Boat race. The very first race was held in 1829 and since 1856, it has been an annual tradition. The spirits are high, we are excited and impatiently waiting for the women’s and men’s rowing teams to pass, so […]

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Posted by: on April 13, 2017

Exam Fever

It’s four in the morning and I am trying to sleep, but I look at my watch and try to see if I am not sleeping too long – I realise it’s too early. I know that the class and the classroom discussion have fed me enough to get me through the exams but like […]

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Posted by: on April 10, 2017

Surely You’re Joking…..

Blog #1 dedicated to: some surely fantastic people who stood for the class rep elections (Ally, Chris, Cesar, Jorge, Muntasir, Philip, Pinky). You guys were brilliant and it was amazing how you linked your speeches to the case studies discussed in Module 1… Surely You’re Joking moment #1: Surely you can’t fit this in your already hectic […]

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Posted by: on March 31, 2017

What Oxford is not about

I have always dreamed of the experience of a long-established, highly recognized university, but I have never believed that I would attend one. And, here I was, honored and lucky to be part of the 2017 Diploma in Strategy and Innovation cohort. I went there without knowing what to expect, but curious and excited about […]

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Posted by: on March 24, 2017

The not so secret ingredient

It’s 07:30 on a crisp February Wednesday. The sun is rising across the Cotswolds, accentuating the mystical aura of the mist shrouding the English countryside; as I watch the farmland and picturesque village churches pass me by as my train makes its way towards Oxford, I can’t help but think about the many routes of […]

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Posted by: on March 3, 2017

Financial Strategy – thoughts on Module One

After becoming a full member of ACCA and working very closely with the senior management team, including the business units in the past few years, I realized how important “Strategy” is at work and while I was studying for the ACCA qualification. Therefore, I decided to further pursue my education, deepening my knowledge in Financial Strategy at the […]

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Posted by: on February 25, 2017

Back to school…

It’s been a few days being back home after Module 1 and I should admit it started to sink in… “I am a student of Oxford!” You may think that this realization comes when you get an offer letter from the School, or when you wire your payment, or when you book your first accommodation […]

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