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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Somesh DwivediSomesh Dwivedi

Somesh Dwivedi is a 2015/2016 MBA student. Prior to the MBA, he worked for four and a half years at Google in strategy, sales & marketing, and data intelligence roles. He's a three-time winner of Google's gold award, the highest award handed out at the tech firm for outstanding contribution to incremental revenue gains. He also worked briefly on Google Ventures, the in-house venture capital division of Google. He closely follows developments in technology, space travel and equity markets.

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.

Neil DubeyNeil Dubey

Neil Dubey is a student on the Cambridge MBA 2015/2016. He is studying medicine at the George Washington University, USA.

Hui Lynn TanHui Lynn Tan

Hui Lynn Tan is currently a student on the MBA (class of 2015/16). She is originally from Malaysia and holds an LLB from Cardiff University.

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.

Songya KeslerSongya Kesler

Songya Kesler, currently pursuing an MBA at the Judge Business School, is a two-time entrepreneur and People Architect. She ran operations, marketing, and partnerships at her latest startup. As a People Architect, she supports the next generation of game-changers in developing greater emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and leadership skills so that they can be the best version of themselves. At Cambridge, she holds weekly meditations, is Co-Chair of the Entrepreneurship SIG, a rep for Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, and on the rowing team at Jesus College.

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.

Prasad NaikPrasad Naik

Prasad Naik is a 2015/2016 MBA Student. Prior to the MBA, he worked for six years as a corporate finance advisor in the technology sector, focused on ecommerce and digital media. He holds a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Warwick. He loves learning about technology and attending thought-provoking debates at the Student Union.

Jonathan KungJonathan Kung

Jonathan is a MBA 2015/16 student. Prior to his MBA, Jonathan has worked extensively in China, as Project Manager then Vice General Manager of a real-estate development company, where he oversaw a project valued at $150m. At Cambridge, he is the captain of the MBA and Malaysian Society basketball teams, and keenly follows the entrepreneurial scene.

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.