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Aaron Below is one of Aaron's essays for his Yale application. We present the essay in its original form, with just cosmetic changes made to protect the author's identity. We then provide comments and suggestions, based on the advice available in Your MBA Game Plan . The question that he answers in this essay is: The mission of the Yale School of Management is to educate leaders for business and society. In this context, tell us your career goals and your plans for achieving them. Please be specific. Describe how your previous experience will help you to reach your goals. (1,000 words) I grew up in a small suburb of Bangalore, and had an engineer father and a teacher mother. It was a family I felt fortunate to be a part of because a focus on being well- rounded and stress on academics was gently encouraged in my home from the beginning. I was encouraged to be independent in my thoughts and take responsibility for the choices I make. When I was 9, my father moved us to Riyadh, and we stayed there for the next 5 years. Riyadh was the place where I started to become aware of my society - of things happening around me. I took for granted all the material amenities that come easily to such a place. I also took for granted that my father could not vote to change the government, or that our social freedom was limited. Coming back to India after 5 years was, therefore, a sea-change for me in terms of personal experiences. I realized, for example, that it was safe to criticize the government if you want to do so, but also that the many material things I had taken for granted in Riyadh were luxuries here, and not only did people not have these things, they didn’t even know about them. This first cross-cultural experience was also one of the most formative ones of my life. It made me realize the importance of giving the people relevant choices - choices they might not necessarily be exposed to, choices on health, education, social issues, business or leisure - and also of having a medium of information which could reach the people living in the farthest corners of a big country and provide them with information in a highly personalized, relevant way about things that matter most in their life. This belief was further reinforced when, while contributing to several community development and rural education projects as a member of the Mumbai Institute - the Indian arm of Charity International (a global NGO) - I was exposed to the problems in information dissemination in the public domain in India - a long drawn process fraught with bureaucratic apathy, lack of reachability of many regions due to terrestrial considerations, non-targeted content distribution by the traditional media (TVs, Newspaper etc) and excessive red-tape. So, I also wanted to explore whether the medium of information we use could also reduce the dependence of the common man on the bureaucracy, spawn entrepreneurship on a people-to-people basis across distant regions, and connect the consumer with services like education, banking, entertainment or health

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