An Acknowledgement


I think this article has received enough publicity so rather than advertise it, I want to comment on my experiences.

First of all, if I’m never on Business Insider again for anything worthy, I can at least look back on this article to relive the glory days. Just kidding. In fact, this is my second on Business Insider! The first time, I was featured in a video with a bunch of LinkedIn interns singing acapella at one of our company all hands (if you would like to check it out, here it is – but be warned the singing is awful). Yep, true life accomplishments.

A few thoughts and comments…

1. My dad is buying a shot-gun and my mom is going to have more sleepless nights worrying about me. Ah, classic Indian parents.

2. The photoshoot was staged and awkward. They were reading pick-up lines to me to capture a candid reaction but I wouldn’t have it. All I know how to do is look straight at the camera and smile.

3. Yes there were some creepy messages and random friend requests but to counter that, I got friend requests from the other awesome candidates. I’ve gotten to know some of them and they are funny, smart, and overall great (I have so many new girl crushes!).

4. I had someone commend me for being bold enough to be on the list being a South Asian female. That kind of irked me but I also knew what she meant. There is this pressure in Indian societies to be the perfect, good, conformist girl and it can be frustrating. I could go on this topic for a while, but I’ll drop it for now.

5. What does this mean for my dating life? I don’t know. Probably nada.

To top it off, here is an awkward, staged photo:



  1. Sounds like a fun experience. 🙂 And it’s only through embracing the opportunities like this that come our way that we’ll have chances to grow and open new doors. Even if we don’t know where those doors will lead!!

    I don’t think the photo is *too* awkward! 😉

    • akanshaagrawal

      Right? I didn’t know what to think of it when they reached out for the article, but I felt like I didn’t have much to lose!

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