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Victor Kafui Agbenu

My Star Experience

''This assignment was done in a rush''. This was the comment received from one of my lecturers as I had to juggle work with school; those of you who have experienced this know how hard it is. There were several occasions that I had to sleep in the office in order to meet an assignment deadline or to do a mopping up for an upcoming exam.

These memories are never going to be erased, thus the realities of being successful and the challenges and sacrifices that come along with it.

One thrilling experience encountered as an external student was the second week of the plenary session I attended in 2011. Prior to this, we had group discussions on Skype which had been very interesting. For some of us we had to be up in the night because of the differences in time and this was tough. Our group, made up of seven students, were from these cities: London, Accra, North Carolina, Mumbai and Switzerland, so you could just imagine how we managed to meet on Skype regularly. When we finally met on campus, it was good to put the names to the faces and this strengthened our relationship and made it easy for us to work together. We had to do loads of research on campus to put a presentation together, which was based on a solution in response to a problem posed by a company who had requested assistance from the MBA students to offer possible solutions on how it could gain competitive advantage in the UK alcohol industry. It was really challenging and I learnt a lot from the research. We had fruitful discussions, sometimes sleeping very late. The most interesting part was the presentation rehearsal, where you had to present before your colleagues and also answer follow up questions. This was a very good experience and so much fun coming from the various cultures in my group.

Finally, discussions on the worldwide learning central was very helpful and challenging as you get to hear different opinions and sometimes students showing their academic prowess which was very helpful but could get overboard sometimes and need the assistance of some lecturers to intervene online.

Being a part of Royal Holloway has enhanced my analytical ability, improved my self-discipline, confidence and also provided me with a worldwide network of friends and business contacts.

Victor Kafui Agbenu

This piece was written in response to a British Council Awards Ceremony held in Accra, 2013


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