Collaboration – is it true?

It really doesnt seem that long ago that we were all huddled up in the examination hall going over DCFs, theories of organizational behaviour, statistics and such! And of course not forgetting, the dreaded accounting. Which was actually not very difficult in the end (thanks to some uber tutoring by a fellow classmate).

So one of the key things which Cambridge Judge brings up to differentiate itself is the collaborative ethos! Now… is it TRUE? Or just one of those woolly things which is often said but not meant.  For me, it was a key reason for deciding to come here and I had actually spoken to an ex-colleague who was on the program to verify the claims and also had a litmus test when I spoke to the students during my Round 2 interview last year (seems so long ago now). But now that I am in the program, its been proven time and time again. So, a bit of a background: quite a number of us have never taken accounting… and one of key learnings from the financial reporting course is to build either a cashflow statement, balance sheet or income statement when presented with two other financial statements (good skill to have). What started as a question on our facebook group to ask for help in preparing for the accounting exam quickly turned into a full blown class session with my German classmate voluntering to have a go. So yes, in the end, we had probably close to 30 people sitting in the session. I must say he did a fantastic job and finished my exam in a stress free manner (enjoyed it actually) and with 15 minutes to spare (this is a 1 hour exam)…

After the exams ended, there was a big bash organized by the Cambridge Business Club and then just this Monday was our first week of class. Heaps of things happening; new classes like Strategy, Financial Management, Operations Management (my favourite subject actually!) and more. We have a total of 7 modules. Throw in my marathon training and the rest of the MBA ECA, and its definitely a packed schedule.

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Dipika SawhneyDipika Sawhney

Dipika is a 2015/2016 MBA student. Prior to her MBA, she helped build successful e-commerce start-ups and holds a degree in computer engineering. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, debates and yoga.

Julia NelsonJulia Nelson

Julia Nelson is a 2015-16 MBA student. Trained as an anthropologist, she has spent the last 10 years working in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Oceania as a social “intrapreneur”, making energy and mining companies more responsible and sustainable. She is passionate about learning new approaches to social innovation, and plans to return to the field after her MBA. In her spare time, she rows for Darwin College, practices Spanish on her classmates, and is on a mission to find the best Szechuanese food in the UK.

Sarah TanSarah Tan

A 2015-16 MBA candidate, Sarah is from Singapore and worked as a web developer and team manager, building websites for universities, digital agencies, and British and American national political campaigns. Post-MBA, she is interested in developing products and processes to help organisations improve their employee and customer experiences. She is co-chair of the Technology SIG and enjoys hosting classmates at St John’s formal halls.

Wafa TaftazaniWafa Taftazani

Wafa worked in corporate and investment banking at a global bank in Indonesia for 3 years before his MBA. He studied political science and international relations in his undergraduate years, and intends to work at the intersection of business and politics post-MBA. He recently joined Hughes' debating and film societies and is looking forward to a roller-coaster year ahead!

Christina MackayChristina Mackay

Christina is a 2015-16 MBA student. Prior to Cambridge she worked as a management consultant for eight years living in London and New York and working with clients across Europe, America, China and Oceania. Her passion is entrepreneurship and she intends to start her own business post-MBA. In her spare time she plays netball for her college, runs along the river Cam and has joined the Whiskey society.

Simone GoldsteinSimone Goldstein

Simone is a 2015/2016 MBA student. Prior to the MBA she worked in Strategy at the media agency MEC, on the travel accounts Marriott International and United Airlines. A native New Yorker, she attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine where she received a BA in Art History and Anthropology.

Pat ParriniPat Parrini

Patrizio was born in Florence and raised in a tiny village in the Chianti Hills. He has seven years of work experience between consultancy at a Big 4 and corporate and investment banking at the largest Italian banking group. He is passionate about travelling, running, skiing and mountain-hiking. As well as being a voracious reader with a moderate addiction for Japanese food.

Sarah BroderickSarah Broderick

Sarah is an MBA student from the 2014-15 class. Previously she worked in the Private Equity industry focused on real estate assets in the United States. During the MBA, she has concentrated on the startup ecosystem in Cambridge and abroad while also competing as a Blue for the Cambridge University Hockey Club.

Gunnar HerzigGunnar Herzig

Gunnar is a 2015/2016 MBA student. Prior to the MBA he worked for a German energy company with a particular focus on renewables (esp. offshore wind energy). He holds a degree in International Business Administration and participated in student exchange programmes to the US and Singapore. He loves literature (esp. Thomas Mann) and classical music.

Holly EngelbrechtHolly Engelbrecht

Holly is an MBA student from the 2015-16 class. Before entering the programme she was a Managing Director at Meltwater, a Norwegian software company, where she built and scaled sales teams in three global markets; Africa, Canada and Southeast Asia. Part of the journey has seen her assisting the team at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in Accra, Ghana where she was a mentor and advisor to West-African tech start-ups. She is also a passionate foodie, scuba diver and travel photographer in her spare time.

Ian PietersIan Pieters

Ian is a 2015/2016 MBA student. Prior to the MBA he worked as an electrical engineer in South Africa. He holds a MEng degree in Project Management, a BEng Honours degree in Environmental Engineering and a BEng degree in Electrical Engineering. He loves sport and plays tennis, rugby, cricket and also attempts to play golf.