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What is it really like to study for an MBA? How do the students juggle their work load and their personal life? What do they hope to achieve once they have gained an MBA? Read the FT's MBA blog to find out.
Jess Webb, University of Edinburgh Business School Age: 30 Nationality: Australian Background: Jess is a marketing and communications professional who hopes to move into management within a global food and agribusiness company.
Sunny Sheng, Copenhagen Business School Age: 35 Nationality: Chinese Background: Sunny has led several projects on cost savings and CO2 reduction and is looking forward to broadening her knowledge on responsible leadership and sustainable business.
Stephen Morse, Said Business School, Oxford Age: 30 Nationality: American Background: After specialising in journalism and start-ups in the US, Stephen chose Said for its emphasis on social entrepreneurship.
Julia Wrenn McInnis , Chicago Booth Age: 25 Nationality: United States Background: Julia has been working in film as a producer at an independent film studio. She is pursuing an MBA to transition into entrepreneurship and a new role in the entertainment industry.
Bo Zhang, Columbia Business School Age: 29 Nationality: British Background: Bo has a degree in economics and has worked in finance for several years. He chose Columbia because of the value investing programme it offers.
Merih Ocbazghi, Kellogg School of Management Age: 25 Nationality: American (Eritrean origin) Background: Merih has a degree in civil engineering and has worked in government for four years. He hopes to move into the private sector.
Michael Wieder, Imperial Business School Age: 30 Nationality: British Background: Michael wants to switch from his current role in assurance for one in a technology. He chose his course for its focus on innovation, entrepreneurship and design.
Omar Khan, University of Sydney Business School Age: 34 Nationality: British/Australian Background: Omar has been working at an ethical investment company where he led the development of its Islamic investment product platform. He sees his MBA as a way of learning more about leadership.
Victoria Michelotti, Stern at NYU Age: 28 Nationality: American Background: Victoria has six years of marketing and PR experience in the cultural sector. She joined Stern to build on her management and analytical skills.
Piyush Jain, UCLA Anderson Age: 25 Nationality: Indian Background: Piyush has worked with several life science start-ups in India, helping them to secure funding, and now wishes to merge his sales and marketing skills with his interest in technology.
Philippa Rock, Wharton School Age: 28 Nationality: British Background: Philippa has a PhD in psychiatry and has been working at Cambridge Cognition in a scientific consultancy role. She chose Wharton because of the healthcare management major it offers.
Marta Szczerba, Harvard Business School Age: 24 Nationality: Polish/British Background: Marta is a Fulbright Scholar. She was drawn to a US-based programme because she wants to study in an optimistic "anything can happen" society. She has worked in consulting and e-commerce.
Owen Woolcock, London Business School Age: 30 Nationality: British/Australian Background: Owen spent four years as a diplomat in the Australian Government, then three years in start-ups. He hopes to take a role in innovation, knowledge transfer or entrepreneurship on graduation.