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UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 07:20
Hi everyone!

I didn't find a Darden Class of 2014 admitted students thread, so with decisions trickling out the next 24 hours I figured it was about time.

This thread is, of course, for any of us lucky enough to have been admitted to Darden's Class of 2014 to discuss Darden & provide feedback or help in making a decision.

Some background on me - I was offered a Consortium Fellowship last week to Darden, which I'm very excited about (this is kind of an understatement). I am actually an alum of UVA, Class of 2005, and worked for the University for about a year after my graduation. I've lived in Charlottesville (or 'The Hook' as I came to call it) on & off campus for the better part of 5+ years as a result and it seems I'm heading back and this time bringing a family & a lot more perspective. I currently live in New Hampshire and am coming at my MBA education from a very different place than the typical applicant as I currently don't and never have worked in any of the traditional 'pre-MBA' type fields (so questions about that perspective are welcome!). I've spent the last seven years working in higher education, the last five of which I spent working for Dartmouth College.

I'm married and we have a six year old son who will be attending the 1st grade when we move to the Hook. We will probably be signing a lease this week once we decide on which 2 or 3 properties we're considering fit the best. I'm happy to answer questions about life in C-ville, cost of living, schools (we spent the last week painstakingly looking at all of the elementary schools in the city & county), and would be glad offer some advice about looking for a place to live. I won't be quite as much help as a current Darden student on 'best practices' as it concerns living location for the typical student as my housing search revolved more around a balance of quality school district + quality of life with a family, which most students probably won't have to balance.

I'm ridiculously excited to meet all of you & congrats on being admitted to Darden!
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 09:28
Hey, thanks for setting this thread up.

I will attend Darden this fall, and only visited C-ville once for my interview/activities.
I loved the tightness of the students/faculty members at Darden!

I am also married with a child on the way. My biggest question is where to live for the next two years...
My wife tells me that we need a place where laundry/dryer are in the unit b/c of baby stuff..
Do you have any recommendation where to live as a family?
How's the winter at C-ville? I am from Boston, and would like to do away with long cold winters..
:P

Thanks in advance!
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 10:27
Excellent question, I had to tackle this right out of undergrad as my son was born about a year after I graduated and I was working for the University & living in C-ville at the time. I think in terms of proximity to Darden & not having to worry about elementary schools (they tend to be better in the city as opposed to the county), I would look at places in the Barracks corridor near the Barracks Road Shopping center. I've seen places both on craigslist & BRAC (Blue Bridge Apartment Council) listed for pretty decent rent given the proximity & in fact lived at the Barracks Ct. apartment/condo complex with my wife right after undergrad. Very quiet, very close & good prices with easy access to the rest of C-ville, though activities on the Corner may be a bit of a hike from a public transportation standpoint. And Darden is about a 5 minute drive or 10 minute bike ride. If not there, I understand the most popular Darden neighborhood is off of Ivy Road or the Huntington Village apartment/condos, though those spots seem a little pricier relative to the Barracks area. I'm looking at single family homes in the Preston Ave./Rugby area since the elementary school there is the best & most diverse in the city. A bit further of a hike to Darden, but close enough to the bus to be a livable trade-off for me.

When we were living there we used a diaper service, and I highly recommend it once the baby comes:
http://www.thestork.biz/

They were always on time with deliveries and drop-off was very easy. Also, the cost is approximate what you'll spend on diapers for a newborn/infant, or at least it was when we were there. With a new baby, I would absolutely suggest having a W/D or buying one if there are hook-ups. You do an unbelievable amount of laundry & having to haul it to a separate facility with in an apartment complex will get real tiresome very quickly, not to mention how mildly infuriating it is to make sure you always have quarters laying around.

Oh, and the winters in Cville can be cold but they are about half as long as in New England, or at least Dartmouth. Due to its proximity to the Blue Ridge, it does get snow but rarely is it a New England-caliber amount. Summers in Cville can be quite hot. Fall & Spring are absolutely lovely & temperate and the best time to be there in my opinion.
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 10:40
Thanks AB for the detailed answer.
It's great to have some who knows ins and outs of the area :)
I will surely look into those places/areas you suggested.
With the baby on the way, there are just so many things to consider... :? :lol:

Is there any area I should avoid? I know I don't want to be in some areas in Boston for security/safety reasons. Such areas in C-ville?
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 10:56
gmatmba1 wrote:
Thanks AB for the detailed answer.
It's great to have some who knows ins and outs of the area :)
I will surely look into those places/areas you suggested.
With the baby on the way, there are just so many things to consider... :? :lol:

Is there any area I should avoid? I know I don't want to be in some areas in Boston for security/safety reasons. Such areas in C-ville?


You probably wouldn't want to live anywhere south of the Downtown Mall area, not necessarily for safety reasons but mostly because that's pretty far from Darden (probably a 20 minute drive & you WILL hit traffic making your way around or through the main part of UVA's campus). The 'bad' neighborhoods in Cville, to the extent that there are any, are in the projects near Jordan Park/5th street. It's all relative, I don't think anywhere in Cville is as bad as say parts of Mattapan for instance. You won't find too many rental properties of interest in that zone anyway. Stick to North Grounds/Barracks/Preston & Rugby or the 29N corridor for the most part. Could look at Pantops, but it's quite far from Darden.
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 14:28
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gmatmba1 wrote:
Thanks AB for the detailed answer.
It's great to have some who knows ins and outs of the area :)
I will surely look into those places/areas you suggested.
With the baby on the way, there are just so many things to consider... :? :lol:

Is there any area I should avoid? I know I don't want to be in some areas in Boston for security/safety reasons. Such areas in C-ville?


You probably wouldn't want to live anywhere south of the Downtown Mall area, not necessarily for safety reasons but mostly because that's pretty far from Darden (probably a 20 minute drive & you WILL hit traffic making your way around or through the main part of UVA's campus). The 'bad' neighborhoods in Cville, to the extent that there are any, are in the projects near Jordan Park/5th street. It's all relative, I don't think anywhere in Cville is as bad as say parts of Mattapan for instance. You won't find too many rental properties of interest in that zone anyway. Stick to North Grounds/Barracks/Preston & Rugby or the 29N corridor for the most part. Could look at Pantops, but it's quite far from Darden.


Thanks AB!
I will have to search for a place now :)
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2012, 19:17
Thanks for creating this thread! I'm so excited about my admit and I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for the posts here. Most of my friends in high school went to UVA for undergrad...so I guess I finally won't feel left out with a good Wahoowa! :)
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2012, 12:10
Great thread.

Btw, any hints on how and where to supply your house with furniture, plates, etc?

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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2012, 13:03
jfseabra wrote:
Great thread.

Btw, any hints on how and where to supply your house with furniture, plates, etc?

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I've heard that it's not uncommon for graduating second years to just give away all their stuff to anybody who's willing to come take it.
That being said, I probably won't rely on that just working out.
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 12:36
Any comments on the Ivy Garden area? Heard a lot of 1Y students live there
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 13:54
jfseabra wrote:
Great thread.

Btw, any hints on how and where to supply your house with furniture, plates, etc?

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I'd probably rely on Craigslist or bring stuff with you. C-ville is a college town so of course there's lots of stuff of varying quality for sale, especially in May when graduating students are leaving.
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 15:30
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Any comments on the Ivy Garden area? Heard a lot of 1Y students live there


Most things I've read is that it's fine for FY students given it's good proximity to Darden & size as well as the number of students who live there, but it's a bit more expensive relative to some other places depending on how many people you're living with and isn't that great for amenities. Not so great a place for those with families. There are some pretty strong apartment complexes a bit further away that have better amenities, but aren't necessarily big concentrations of Darden students.
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 15:59
AB,

Thanks for starting this thread. Is anyone going to Darden Days? I booked my ticket today (going down Thursday night) and am looking forward to meeting everyone. The more I learn about the UVA the more it seems I am excited about the prospect of going there, so hopefully this seals it for me.
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 17:42
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Thanks for starting this thread. Is anyone going to Darden Days? I booked my ticket today (going down Thursday night) and am looking forward to meeting everyone. The more I learn about the UVA the more it seems I am excited about the prospect of going there, so hopefully this seals it for me.


Unfortunately I can't make it - I have work that weekend. But I am submitting my deposit & signing a lease this week. But have fun, it sounds like an awesome time.
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2012, 12:37
C2F, Looks like we are in the same boat. I will be at Darden Days as well.
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2012, 06:17
Anyone take a look at the case yet for Darden Days? I glanced at it last night. It made me really want ice cream.
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2012, 11:04
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Anyone take a look at the case yet for Darden Days? I glanced at it last night. It made me really want ice cream.


Yeah I read it today, I agree it made me crave cherry garcia!
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 03 May 2012, 02:08
Hey guys,
congrats and def. feel free to ask any question about the move, life in C'ville and everything that come across your mind!
I've lived in 2 complexes so can share experiences about those 2 housing options.
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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 03 May 2012, 02:17
Here's a blog posted for International Students - some of the info could be useful for domestic students as well!

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Congratulations admitted students! It was great to see many of you during Darden Days! During the weekend, we held a special gathering for international students to answer questions you are facing right now. I wanted to share the topics with all of you who couldn’t make it:

Pre-Enrollment Modules & Pre-Matriculation Courses: All admitted students are required to complete pre-enrollment modules. The amount of time it takes to complete each module varies. As international students, it’s important to get those over and done with so you’ll have time for other arrangements. Don’t put this off until the last minute. Last year the modules and exams took me roughly two weeks to complete (working in the evenings and on the weekends). If you don’t have a background in accounting or Excel, Darden’s pre-matriculation courses (held prior to orientation) are also recommended but not mandatory. I came from a non-traditional background (an architect who previously ran a non-profit) so had no idea about accounting. I found those pre-matriculation courses to be valuable.

When should I come to C’ville? Settling in takes time. If you’re taking pre-matriculation courses and/or the Personal Career Assessment Program (PCAP), don’t get here a day before those. If you aren’t taking those courses, don’t come a day before international student orientation. Get here a week prior to those, at least. During that week you’ll be able to settle in and meet your future classmates, as many of them will already be here. It’s a great opportunity to have fun and mingle before the year begins! Plus this time could be used for arrangements such as taking care of health insurance (deciding between UVA’s health insurance plan or an external one that meets UVA’s requirements), setting up a bank account, buying a cell phone, obtaining a U.S. driving license, etc. Once school begins, it’ll be very hard to take care of all of those.

How long does it take to issue a visa? This varies between countries. In order to apply for a visa, you need to send Darden the appropriate documents. Darden will send you back your I-20 form which is needed for the embassy. If you apply for a loan, Darden will be able to issue your I-20 only once the loan is approved. Don’t wait for the last minute — if you know the I-20 is on its way, make an appointment at the embassy for the same week! This process might take a week to several months — sometimes the embassy will run a background check. Be prepared for any scenario and take care of it as soon as you can (i.e. don’t get the visa a couple of hours before the flight like what happened to me last year! Well, at least I didn’t miss my flight).

Dental: Try to get your dental work done prior to coming to the U.S. if your home country offers less expensive services.

Do I need a car in Charlottesville? You don’t have to have a car. It’s definitely more convenient but not everyone has a car. If you decide to buy one, don’t bother to waste time on taking papers about your history as a driver from your insurance company — the U.S. insurance companies will disregard that as they are looking for your experience on U.S. roads only.

Driver’s License: Your international driving license is good for 6 months only, so it’s recommended to obtain a U.S. driving license before the year begins. In the U.S. it’s a 3-4 hour deal at the DMV — you’ll take a written exam and then an actual driving test right away. Make sure you learn the Virginia rules carefully. Visit the Virginia DMV website for more information.

Money: Get travelers checks and cash for when you first arrive — make sure you come with enough money for the beginning.

Computers: The Darden laptop bundle is recommended. It saves you time and money as you get full service throughout the year. If your computer breaks (“how did I manage to damage my computer screen right before an exam??”), you’ll get a loaner laptop immediately. During exam time this is priceless.

Housing and Settling In: As an international student, you’ll have to set up your apartment from scratch — don’t go to the most expensive stores. Do your research ahead of time as to where the best places are to buy things for the home. I ended up buying stuff, only to discover two weeks later where I can get the same stuff at a better price. Regarding housing, don’t run to the nearest option to Darden without looking right or left! There are many possibilities in Charlottesville (some of them are very close to Darden as well). The nearest might not represent the best value for your money.

Recruiting/Resume Review: You’ll get an e-mail from the CDC (Career Development Center) offering to adjust your resume to U.S. standards. Definitely use their assistance prior to coming!

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Re: UVA Darden Class of 2014 Admitted Students Thread [#permalink] New post 10 May 2012, 15:30
Laptop bundle options.

I have been using Mac computers for 8 years now.
However, I am wondering whether I should use Windows for Bschool purposes.
I love macs, but cannot justify the $800 difference in my head, and it is heavier than the other two options.

class of 2014: Which one are you buying, and why?
current students/alumni: what's your opinion?

THanks!
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