Rahul Pai Kochikar

Denver MBA (full-time) ‘ 18

Hometown: Bangalore, India

Pre-Daniels Experience: I worked for five years in the software consulting industry at Mphasis Limited.

Hobbies: I love traveling and immersing myself in new cultures, as well as sampling the weird and wonderful cuisine from across the world. I have a huge passion for automobiles, and love everything about cars and the lifestyle surrounding it. I consider myself to be tech geek and keep up to date with the latest developments in technology.

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If you could tell your past-self one thing before you started grad school, what would it be?

Be open to change, not just your knowledge or career goals, but also your attitudes and behavior in both professional and personal realms.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Grad school is what you make of it. There are numerous activities, events and competitions outside of classes and grades. Make sure you make time for that because that is a vital part of making connections at grad school.

What are some of your favorite things to do in or around Denver?

I like the open and welcoming nature of the Denver natives – it really is the best of both worlds from the east and west coasts. I enjoy exploring the art districts and breweries downtown or just cruising along mountain roads enjoying every hairpin turn.

What were you looking for in a business school?

I was looking to broaden my horizons from a purely technical space to better understand the business side of corporate life.

Is there a particular class at Daniels that really stands out?

Prof. Lowell Miller’s class on strategy during the first quarter was a great entry into how to think for business success, especially for someone without a business undergrad.

How did you get to know your classmates?

I got to know my classmates through the numerous social events that are part of the MBA program, as well as making plans for dinner or drinks around town.

How have you evolved as a leader during your time at Daniels?

I’ve become a lot more self-aware with regard to my behavior and how I come across in different situations. Being cognizant of that and making subtle changes to get your point across most effectively is what I’ve improved most at.

How has Daniels prepared you to be market-ready?

The interactions with outside stakeholders during the four Denver MBA challenges have brought awareness around what companies look for from a leader, and how he/she is expected to provide results.