Victor Kafui Agbenu
''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