I have spent a lot of time on this blog talking in generalities about Oxford, this week’s post is more personal as I just took off from my home in DC for the last time for at least a year. My decision to pull the trigger and go to Oxford was extremely difficult. More than the standard loss of home, community, friends and job (which have been immense and at times painful), my choice to go to Oxford is one of the hardest choices I have yet made because it represents a personal choice to close a door on a […]

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After I was accepted to Oxford I had an amazing opportunity to visit and meet a few fellow admitted students. We sat through a mock lecture, toured the business school and all of Oxford (including the spot where Catholics were burned at the stake for betraying the King), and had lunch in a Great Hall of Balliol college, one of the oldest colleges in all of Oxford. I’d like to spend today’s post telling you more about my class and the amazing people in it. During my weekend trip I met a handful of my future classmates, but most exciting […]

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How to get into Oxford (or any top MBA program)

Applying for any business school is a marathon, not a sprint. First you have the GMAT/GRE, then you visit all the schools, fill out the applications, polish your resume, and then you are left with the essays. While preparing for my application I went to an admissions fair and heard Harvard’s Admissions Director Dee Leopold state that an essay is an unprovable story about a candidate and having 3 essays * 10k applicants takes a long time to get through them all. Hearing Dee talk about the essays gave me the insight I needed. I put myself in the Admissions […]

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OxfordMBA’s Unique Advantage – Colleges

What first inspired me about getting an MBA was the fact that class sections are  meticulously manufactured to create conflict and diverse thoughts. If a school can manage it, nobody from the same firm, school, state, etc will be in the same section. This creates an environment where everyone is approaching a problem from a different perspective. It forces students to realize that diverse perspectives provide the best solutions. It forces conflict which creates stronger resolutions that are better for business.   When I realized this, the kid who grew up in very homogeneous Salt Lake City, Utah was intrigued. […]

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Why Oxford?

The number one question I have been asked after letting people know I am headed to get my MBA at Oxford has been a variation on the question “Why Oxford?” From “Why not a US School?” to “Why did you think to apply to Oxford?” this has been a central theme as I talk about picking up my life and moving 3,600 miles away. So why DID I apply? Why did I say yes? I could tell you about how it is the oldest university in the world (it was 300 years old when the Aztec Empire was founded). I […]

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Oxford, A History – New Blog Theme

Years ago I started a blog when I moved to DC and starting coming to terms with the fact that I was both Gay & Mormon. It served as a way for me to express myself and allow my friends & family to stay in touch. In the past 7 years I have gone through many iterations of this blog, at times leaving it dormant. Now I am bringing it back to talk about my journey to Oxford’s MBA Program at the Said Business School. I set my sights on Oxford for several years and now that it is actually […]

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BREAKING: Majority of Utahns Support Gay Marriage, New Poll Confirms

Last week I released a poll about support for marriage equality in Utah to update a two-year-old study from BYU that has frequently been used as a proof point countering Judge Shelby’s ruling on Amendment 3 in Utah. The first poll found that in two year’s time, 13% of Utahns switched their opinions from only supporting civil unions to supporting full civil marriage equality. One criticism about my methodology has raised some questions. Some groups said by including civil unions as a choice, the poll may have under-represented support for full civil marriage equality. For context, I included civil unions […]

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Support for Same-Sex Marriage in Utah at Record High – 41%

In February 2012 BYU’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy conducted an update to their tracking poll asking residents of Utah the same questions that the NYTimes/CBS Poll asks. “Which of the following comes closest to your view?” Gay couples should be allowed to legally marry. Gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions but not legally marry. There should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship. This February 2012 poll showed the continuing trend towards recognition of legal rights for LGBT couples in Utah either through marriage (28%) or through civil unions (43%) with […]

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How Seal Team Six is like SCOTUS

On May 2nd 2011 I was freed from the oppression caused by growing up under the numbing fear of terrorism. The relief that swept over the nation was palatable as Osama bin Laden, the boogie-man of 10 years was gone. The night he was killed I celebrated with a few thousand people in DC as we felt a wave of pure joy wash over us. On Wednesday June 26th 2013 I witnessed a similar experience of coming out of oppression and into joy as I stood on the steps of the Supreme Court waiting to hear how 9 justices felt the […]

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GOP 2.0: How the Internet is Forcing the Republican Party to Modernize

As some of you readers have heard me joke, during Election years all I do is eat, sleep & work once October hits and in November, sleep drops off that list completely. On my team there was a running joke that I worked so hard that Election Day was going to be the day I died. It is in that light that this might seem a bit delayed, but here are my thoughts on the Election results and what it means for the next few years for any interested party. 1st off I was personally overjoyed when I heard the […]

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