International student perspective: the blissful life of an Oxford MBA admit

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Steven Lawn - July, 22 2021

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Steven Lawn is a Prodigy Finance ambassador who studied at Oxford Saïd Business School.

Before reading Steven's story, watch this short video about community lending for Oxford Saïd Business School students. It might surprise you.

I guess this is the calm before the storm, yeah?

I say this as the common theme voiced by current MBA students seems to be the work load is heavy man! At least that’s what my research has turned up… yours?

Getting to the MBA admit stage

Sure, the study load will probably be arduous, at best. However, the pressure that we are all sure to experience will be a good part self-generated. My guess is that if you are reading this blog you are a seriously self-motivated individual.

You have successfully completed the GMAT and put together an ultimately successful application pack for a top business school… all whilst performing at an above average level in a job that is already pretty taxing. Therefore, I’m going to hazard a guess and suggest that, like me, if you aren’t busy, you’re bored.

Of course, the workload will be large, bring it on I say.

Preparing for an Oxford MBA

I’ve been re-listening to Tim Ferris’ 4 Hour Work Week audio book recently. He was talking about his new rich and their mini-retirements. That is, people taking time off from their normal routines to experience something different. This concept has allowed me to re-frame how I am viewing the anticipated MBA experience.

Sure, it will be an opportunity to learn some cool stuff, delivered by industry experts whilst surrounded by an amazing collection of people. It will give us exposure to a whole array of employment opportunities, etc, etc.

However, most importantly for me it will be done in a different city with the possibility of a whole new set of extra-curricular activities. How cool is that!

This is why, in preparation for my Oxford MBA, I have dusted off the old boxing gloves, found my rugby boots and joined the local debating club. All things I have previously loved to do but lost in my quest for corporate supremacy.

Don’t worry, that eternally motivated individual still resides inside, as I’m unable to go to sleep at night without completing the daily brain training regime, done to reverse the negative impact of the punches I was once quick enough to duck!

Financing an Oxford MBA

Thank you Prodigy Finance for allowing me to leverage your kind offer of finance to pursue something more than a career boost - an experience that I hope will be jam packed with new experiences and most importantly exciting opportunities. Now made financially possible without me having to sell everything I own!

Thanks Prodigy Finance.

Think you're ready for the thrills and pressures of an Oxford MBA?

Why not take a moment to check out Prodigy Financing for this degree? Once you know what you'l qualify for, you can slip back into GMAT prep with fewer worries.

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