This piece was originally written for UCLA Anderson, as such I made it a little hammy in place and drop in a few of the business school's taglines, such as "Think in the Next". While the talk was a bit wacky, I did genuinely find it interesting and a very engaging experience.

MBA Orientation 
UCLA Anderson 2016

The official start to my MBA journey began with an introduction speeches in Korn Hall, at the North West corner of UCLA's Westwood campus. Addressed by Dean Olian and her Associates, the welcomes were warm but in truth I'm struggling to remember many details. It was only a few weeks ago, but there been so much else going on since. I did however manage to scalp the following video from her opening presentation.

Mid-August, no work commitments and my good friend of some 25 years (eek - didn't realises I was that old) Simon Whitmore was back in Europe. So when he invited me to join him on a trip to Switzerland I jumped at the opportunity. We stayed in Gstaad with Simon's friend from distance travels, Alex Baltes - an excellent host, with great local knowledge which made all the difference. Thank you Alex!

After publishing my main MBA application essay to UCLA a couple on month back, I thought it would be interesting dig out one of the more esoteric essays I ended up writing when applying to business schools.
Though short I spend a good few hours drafting, tweaking and getting feedback on the passage below. After re-reading it 9 months on I'm convinced that both the essay & the question are more than a little weak. 

The essay question was for Berkeley Haas' full time MBA program - My response helped get me onto their wait list.
For the last two week I've been giving spinning classes a go, taking advantage of Cyclebeat in the City of London and their 14 day introductory offerThis isn't my first time spinning, but I can safely say that the last fortnight has been some of the most tiring exercise classes I have ever done.

The Big (Long) Paddle

As a follow up to last year's Big Walk along the Thames we looked to repeat the challenge, this year on top of the water, paddling from Marlow to Kingston-upon-Thames.This epic challenge was again organised by the ever adventurous Tristan Steen. 

Ambitious to the end, he had envisioned a 24 hour romp with little regard for fatigue nor fluvial hazard; be it weirs, renegade swans or the stationary pleasure boats we would encounter on our journey. The four hapless sods he convinced to join the challenge convinced him that 60km would be quite enough and if it took less that 24 hours that would still be acceptable.

This last week I confirmed that I'm moving to LA to undertake a two year MBA at UCLA Anderson. Anyone who has ever applied to one of these programs will be all to aware of the essays that form an important part of the process. I thought I would share the essay I wrote for my application, both as a record of why I'm going & hopefully useful reading for anyone applying to business schools in the future.

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