MBA Insider Q&A is an interview series with top business school admission insiders giving insight on the MBA admission process.
We recently caught up with Harvey Duan and Pawan Nrisimha (two-thirds of founding team behind www.uberessays.com) and chatted about B-school and technology. Here's what they had to say:
1. What's one technology you can't live without while studying your MBA and why?
Pawan: The Internet and the smart-phone! I've worked on designing chips for mobile devices (smart-phones, tablets) throughout my career. It was not until the day of my MBA orientation did I decide to get myself a smart-phone. I absolutely needed it to keep pace with all the fun stuff that friends decide to do almost instantaneously, projects going on with different team-mates, networking information from student clubs, and also for marketing efforts of my technology start-up www.uberessays.com.
Harvey: I don’t think I’d be able to live without my iPhone. It can do everything I need to do in the palm of my hands. Even though we have all these different technologies, my iPhone is still the best way I can keep in touch with my family and friends.
Kartik Shah is a MBA Candidate & Co-founder uberessays.com. Alongside, he is working full-time with a communications company as a Sr. Software Engineer. He also holds a Masters degree in Computer engineering from University of Southern California and a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering from University of Mumbai, India. We recently were able to connect with him and ask him about business, b-school and living in the bay area.
We recently chatted with the founders of UberEssays.com about the ever-formidable application essay. Here's what the two talented MBA candidates had to say:
Harvey Duan: The most difficult part about writing your essay is trying to differentiate yourself from other applicants. The admissions committee goes through thousands of applications and you want to stand out somehow. You want to be authentic and original. You have to remember to be engaging; otherwise, your essay loses its purpose. When trying to articulate your own thoughts, it’s easy to understand because you’re the one writing it. However, you have to remember that your reader may not have the knowledge of what you are talking about. You have to balance sophistication and simplicity so anyone can understand your writing.
Pawan Nrisimha: The hardest part of writing essays for me was to decide where to start and what content to share within the limited space. I reminisced through my entire life and documented the various events that seemed unique and reflect who I am today. This helped me identify and fit all aspects into the different essays and create a holistic view for my application.