Rodrigo Navarro







By Rodrigo Navarro

Today I woke up at 5:50 am for a rowing session…

Today I woke up at 5:50 am for a rowing session, with Christ Church Regatta taking place next week, the training plans have really increased the intensity in the last couple of days. After the outing was over, I realized that exactly two months ago I arrived to Oxford.

In some ways I feel that I arrived to Oxford yesterday, time really flies here, especially with so many things to do; on the other hand, I can’t believe the huge amount of things that have changed in my life in the last 60 days. It’s hard to believe that just over three months ago I was still an IT Service Delivery Lead dealing with the implications of splitting a Fortune 50 company in two parts; a few days after that, I had to take introductory courses to Accounting and Math in less than two weeks and then started with the full time MSc in Financial Economics program. I can’t even start explaining how much I have learned and how many new questions have arisen regarding the course material.

Regarding my life outside of my studies; in the last 60 days I have come from not knowing what a “Coxed eight” was, to training to represent my college in my first regatta in less than a week time. From not having an idea on what the MCR was, to being actively involved in Oriel’s MCR Committee. From not having any building on my home town older than 500 years, to living next door to my College, which was founded in 1324. From eating enchiladas and celebrate México’s Independence Day in the last day I spent in México, to not being able to have a face to face conversation in Spanish for more than a few minutes. From getting a rejection letter from BCG in the final round of interviews, to having more exposure to the consultancy sector and companies than I have ever had.

Stay tuned if you want to read about how I am trying to make the best of my year at Oxford; and prospective students, please feel free to reach out in case you have any questions about the program, application process or about living in Oxford in general.

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