Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Business journalist Alanna Petroff is studying for her MBA at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. During her undergraduate years she majored in journalism and art history at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Upon graduation, she focused on business journalism, spending three years working as a writer, producer, reporter and business radio host in Canada's broadcasting industry. She expects Oxford's 12-month MBA programme will deepen her understanding of international business and economics and help build her managerial experience. Her ultimate goal is to re-enter the journalism and communications industry with a focus on international business.

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

November 2010 has come to a close, which means Movember is over as well.

As mentioned in a previous blog, dozens of my male classmates grew moustaches for Movember to raise money and awareness for cancers that affect men. The Oxford MBA men raised roughly £3,000 for the cause.

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Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

All the MBA students at SBS are in the middle of the most stressful period of first term. We are working on group assignments, prepping for exams, attending recruitment events and making our course selections for next term. One student confided in me that this has been the most stressful period of his entire life.

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Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

We are now midway through Michaelmas term (which is Oxford-speak for first semester) and the pressure is definitely ramping up. My MBA classmates and I have roughly half a dozen group assignments that are due within the next three weeks and we have to manage these work commitments along with studying and preparing for exams.

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Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Since the first day of orientation classes in September, all the men in my class have been buzzing about the upcoming month of Movember. Read more

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Roughly two weeks ago I received an email from the SBS administration inviting me to join the dean of the business school at a high-powered business conference in London. I was told I would be granted a spot at the annual CBI conference (Confederation of British Industry).

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Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

When I began the first term of my MBA, I had a fairly good idea which courses I would enjoy and which I would loathe: I expected to like marketing and strategy; I was concerned about finance 1and I was unsure of what to expect for decision science, financial reporting and managerial economics.

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Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

This week, everywhere you go in the Saïd Business School, you will see laptops flipping open, little Apple logos glowing and pencils scribbling. MBA classes are now in full swing.

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Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Over the last two weeks, my fellow MBA classmates and I have been inundated with full-day lectures: topics ranged from career advice to IT instructions, from fire safety to examination expectations.

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Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Many full-time MBA programmes kick off the academic year with fun, outdoor team-building exercises. The Saïd Business School MBA programme is no exception. Our entire class of 250 MBA students just took part in The Oxford Pursuit and the experience was amazing. Read more

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

Since I arrived in Oxford on Monday, I can’t stop smiling. My heart is feeling all a-flutter. Frank Sinatra’s version of the song It’s Almost Like Being In Love keeps playing over and over in my head. Read more

Alanna Petroff, Saïd Oxford

I am moving to Oxford in exactly one week and everyone has been asking “Are you excited?”

Yes, I’d have to say I’m definitely excited, as well as nervous and awestruck at the fact that I’m going to Oxford to study for my MBA. Read more