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Real Humans of Oxford Saïd’s MBA Class of 2019

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Filip Miljevic, Saïd MBA Class of 2019

Filip Miljevic, Oxford Saïd’s MBA Class of 2019

Age: 30
Hometown: Sombor, Serbia
Undergraduate Institution and Major
: Illinois State University, USA; Finance and International Business
Pre-MBA Work Experience (years, industry): 6 years, Finance

Why business school? Why now?
I was getting very comfortable at my previous job and I felt I wasn’t getting challenged enough. I knew that there was more out there that I can explore and learn. I also felt I could grow personally by taking a break from the working schedule and co-mingling with like-minded professionals from different backgrounds.

Why Oxford Saïd? What factors figured most prominently into your decision of where to attend?
Oxford Saïd has one of the most, if not the most, diverse MBA programs in the world. My goal was to expand my viewpoints and be personally challenged across many different topics and I couldn’t think of a better environment in the world than the MBA program at Oxford Saïd.

What do you think is your most valuable or differentiating contribution to the Class of 2020?
I believe I bring a lot of diversity though my background and life journey. I come from a very small town in Serbia, but was able to work my way into working for one of the most prestigious financial institutions in the world in New York. Also, while living in Serbia, I lived through two wars and despite that I became a professional tennis player.

Fun fact that didn’t get included on your application?
I love music and love to sing.

Post-MBA career interests?
Join a Private Equity firm in New York.

Advice to current prospective applicants:
–One thing you would absolutely do again as part of your application process?
Stress my passion for making a difference

–One thing you would change or do differently?
Get a better understanding of the college system at Oxford.

–Part you would have skipped if you could—and what helped you get through it?
GMAT 🙂 it was required and actually I’ve learned a lot studying for it.

What is your initial impression of Oxford Saïd’s students/culture/community? 

I’ve never met so many people in one place that want to dedicate their lives to making an impact. Regardless of the industry or ambition, everyone is aware of the opportunity and responsibility we all have by being a part of Oxford Saïd and the University.

One thing you have learned about Oxford Saïd that has surprised you?
Keeping track of different login usernames and passwords is a nightmare

Thing you are most anxious about in your first year?
That I won’t have enough time to do everything I want to

Thing you are most excited about in your first year?

Jonathan Pfeffer
Jonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as Contributing Writer at MetroMBA and Contributing Editor at Clear Admit, he was also a co-founder of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.