And just like that, Michaelmas Term is done and dusted. What. A. Term. And what a past two weeks…a real test of endurance, mental and physical strength! With three assignments due on Friday 18th, I made the decision to get them done as soon as possible, so I could start enjoying the Christmas festivities. I am the most productive first thing in the morning so my routine for the past two weeks has been: 5am alarm, coffee, couple of hours work, exercise, breakfast, more work, lunch, even more work, dinner, attempt at some work in the evening but usually fail, try to sleep but lie awake thinking about capital structures, a strategic marketing plan and Pamela’s decision tree!
I have definitely been running on adrenaline for the past ten days so this weekend I have really felt the effects of that comedown…I’m exhausted, my body is exhausted, I’ve never slept so much in all my life!
To help out with the assignment week stress and the fact that everyone is working individually, I organised a daily 30 minute workout for the class on Zoom. They were either at 8am or 6pm, catering for all time zones and workout preferences. I really enjoyed doing them and we had a great turnout. I have to say though, the Thursday morning class felt a lot harder than the Monday morning one!
On Thursday, before the new Tiers were announced, I took an afternoon trip with three friends to London to see the Christmas lights. It was such a lovely way to celebrate the end of term; we did a massive walking tour of the city with a cup of mulled wine and checked out all the lights and decorations. I hadn’t really felt Christmassy until then (despite the endless Christmas movies) but that little trip definitely helped.
I’m ready to take some time off now and get away from the MBA bubble for a bit. It will be nice to relax for a couple of weeks before the build-up and madness to Hilary term starts. I can already see next term being crazy busy, but we’ll talk about that in 2021.
For now, I’m just going to take a moment to reflect on this term and the twelve weeks that have absolutely flown by. Today (Sunday), the Dean, Peter Tufano, emailed the class and said that if we were in Oxford to swing by his house for some Christmas cookies (how lovely is that?!) so I did, and as I was walking back to my flat, I remembered the speech Dean Tufano gave on our first day of term: “Nobody made a mistake in accepting you here” he said. I will be the first to admit that the imposter syndrome was real when I first arrived, but I made a pact with myself that I wouldn’t turn down any opportunity and I would give everything my best shot.
From preparing for classes; group presentations; getting to know classmates; running with the cross-country club; keeping the class fit with my weekly workouts; writing for the Business School blog; being an ambassador at virtual open days; taking part in Ideation Lab and Creative Destruction Lab and keeping up to date with this blog; I’m actually pretty impressed with myself. Fast forward twelve weeks, and with Dean Tufano’s words ringing in my ears, I finally believe him and really do think I belong.
So all that remains is to say thank you to the 2,500 (!) people out there that read this blog (this stat actually blew my mind) and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I’ll be taking a few weeks off but will be back in 2021, with more weekly tales from Oxford…