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Posted by: on February 25, 2017

My first Oxford experience

So, when you dish out a big wad of your own cash to further your education 15 years into your career, you expect big things. And if that wad of cash goes to the world’s #1 university, then those expectations are sky high. At the end of my first module, boy were those expectations met! […]

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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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Posted by: on February 21, 2017

Conclusions

Just under a month since concluding the Oxford Diploma in Financial Strategy, there has now been time to reflect on a whirlwind thirteen months.  It hardly seems possible that this time last year I was revising hard for the strategy paper.  By the end of the course I had distinctly improved at avoiding the last-minute […]

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Posted by: on February 12, 2017

The Oxford Experience

In the United States we have a number of institutions of higher learning, some that have very deep roots and heritages like Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.  However, when you really think about educational institutions with very deep roots and heritages none compares to the University of Oxford.  As you walk by historic colleges and soak […]

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Posted by: on November 15, 2016

From the revolving doors of Saïd, to the high ceilings of the Sheldonian…

A quest for the holy grail: It finally happened, as we paraded out of the grand Sheldonian Theatre, as proud Oxfordians…holding our heads high, keeping our dreams alive and taking a bow to the sacred temple of knowledge. As we looked up into the bright blue sky and the grandeur of the architecture which engulfed […]

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Posted by: on September 21, 2016

An enthralling adventure in the land of tea and scones

Here I am, revising for my final examination at Oxford on an asphalt covered rooftop amidst the skyscrapers of upper Manhattan, enjoying the waning days of the summer heat wave before winter casts its dark veil of frost over us. As I churn through Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage, my […]

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Posted by: on August 24, 2016

Three modules over

Three modules over – where has the time gone? And what have I learnt? The first answer? All too quickly. The second? Not a quick job to summarise, but let me try. I joined the Diploma in Financial Strategy to receive an academic depth to my professional studies over the last twenty years. I have […]

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Posted by: on July 27, 2016

Reflecting Back

Everyone in the room, starting to wrap up their laptops, folder, packing bags, rushing towards the exit doors, waving goodbyes walking out of Oxford Saïd and off to their destinations. Only when the lights turned off, is when I realised how precious these days were that shaped module 3.  Every 6th week getting ready, packing bags, […]

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Posted by: on July 21, 2016

Module 2

Well we all officially “survived” our first exam together with all the pomp and ceremony involved of imparting what we have learned…. simultaneously anxious and excited, all decked out in our sub fuscs ready to board buses to examination schools, I think preparations were equally as nerve racking as the experience itself but needless to […]

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Posted by: on April 8, 2016

Exam Preparation

Here we are – exactly two weeks from sitting for formal exams at The Examination Schools of the University of Oxford. It seems like time has whisked by since I was last there in mid-February. Taking a two-week hiatus from my studies following return from residency at Oxford, may not have not have been the […]

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