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Darden Future Year Scholar Lindsay Bralower: Deferred Enrollment Progr [#permalink]
FROM Darden EMBA Blog: Darden Future Year Scholar Lindsay Bralower: Deferred Enrollment Program Was a ‘Win-Win’
Darden’s deferred MBA enrollment program, the Future Year Scholars Program, recently launched its application for 2021. The program offers graduating undergraduate and fifth-year master’s degree program students the opportunity to apply for admission into a future Darden full-time MBA class.

If admitted, individuals complete two to four years of professional work experience before joining a Darden class. In keeping with Darden’s mission to make the MBA as accessible as possible, applicants to the Future Year Scholars Program can now submit an application with just an ACT or SAT test score — no GRE or GMAT is necessary, though applicants should consider if the GRE or GMAT will be beneficial in future career paths (for example, consulting or investment banking). Check out the FAQs, including more information about test requirements on the Future Year Scholars webpage.

Future Year Scholar and Darden MBA First Year student Lindsay Bralower (Class of 2022) shared insights into the deferred enrollment program and why she knew Darden was the business school for her.

Lindsay Bralower
Undergraduate School: University of Virginia

Undergraduate Graduation Year: 2017

Darden Graduation Year: 2022


Lindsay Bralower (Class of 2022)
Why did you decide that a deferred enrollment program was the right path for you?

The Future Years program provided me with an amazing opportunity to hedge my career. When starting my first job in consulting, I knew that if I didn’t see it as my long term path I could pivot through business school, and if I did, I could accelerate it through business school. In any case, it would always be a win win and allow me to take more risks early on.

What’s your favorite part of the Darden experience now that you’re here on Grounds?

One of the biggest differentiators of the Darden experience is the support of the Learning Team. Not only are my learning teammates some of the best people I have met at Darden so far, but they are the reason I feel so grounded and secure. Whether it be an academic challenge, a recruiting question or a friendly face on a hectic day, I know I can count on this group.

Favorite class so far?

My favorite class right now is Strategy. Engaging with my peers, from a spectrum of backgrounds, in open and challenging conversation has shed new light on topics I previously thought I had mastered. The class is lively, engaging and extremely relevant to what’s unfolding in the world right now.

How did you decide when was the right time to start your MBA?

While consulting gave me a great foundation in strategic thinking and problem solving, I felt that I wanted to shift more into the entrepreneurial world and develop myself as a leader in this space. Not only does an MBA provide the necessary business acumen, but also provides an incredible network, resources and mentorship that will be invaluable in my entrepreneurial pursuits.

How did Darden differentiate from other MBA programs you applied to?

After exploring other schools and gaining several years of work experience, I felt Darden would provide the best overall opportunity for my personal and professional growth. The case method and core curriculum put you in the driver’s seat for a wide range of problems, the alumni base is extremely supportive, and both Darden and Charlottesville have a budding startup community and a growing entrepreneurship curriculum that met my interests. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t say that life in Charlottesville itself played a role in my decision. Between the food scene, the access to the outdoors, and the expanding list of breweries and vineyards, it truly cannot be beat!

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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Poets and Quants Highlight Darden’s Class of 2022 [#permalink]
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Poets and Quants Highlight Darden’s Class of 2022
MBA-focused publication Poets and Quants recently shared their annual “Meet the Class” profile, highlighting Darden’s Class of 2022. The robust article features student profiles, class stats and commentary from Dean Scott Beardsley and Executive Director of Admissions Dawna Clarke. What started out as a relatively normal application cycle in 2019 (remember in-person events?!) quickly shifted into a warp-speed admissions cycle of innovation and new frontiers. Darden Admissions rolled out a test flexibility pilot, moved all recruiting events online and amped up pre-matriculation resources for admitted students.

By Poets and Quants:

Record Applications
This year, Darden’s full-time MBA program received 3,016 applications. That’s a 38% jump over last year’s 2,183 applications. One big reason? The School extended its round 3 deadline. As a result, the program witnessed a 364% increase in applications in that period. Aside from extending the third round deadline to July 15th, the program revamped its admissions policy, accepting SAT and ACT scores in place of a GMAT or GRE. That also made a difference in Darden’s pace-setting year for applications.

“One person told me the biggest competitor to the MBA is no MBA and I think that is true,” Dean Beardsley told P&Q. “If you have to study for many months to take a standardized test, that becomes the main barrier for you and your family. I thought, maybe we are missing the point here. Maybe we are missing out on a whole category of people who are truly excellent, who were the stars of their undergraduate class, and clearly have leadership capability. Instead of asking how do we triple down on a narrow group of people who have a certain test score, we want to give people the chance to put their best foot forward.

Class Stats
Overall, the Class of 2022 boasts 341 students, not counting another 68 students who will be joining the cohort in January (and graduate with their fall brethren). As a result, the class profile is still in flux, though acceptance rate (which includes deferrals) held steady at 36% (with the current class size being five students larger than the previous year excluding deferrals).

The class also averaged a 703 GMAT, down 10 points from the previous year. At the same time, class members averaged a 319 on the GRE, which was taken by 29% of the class. The average GPA – 3.5 – also inched up from the previous class’ performance. Women comprise 39% of the class, down just a point. Considering the number of deferrals and COVID travel hurdles, the nine point drop in international students to 24% is hardly a surprise. Still, the class remains quite diverse, with students from 35 different countries (nearly the same total as the Class of 2021).

Academic Rigor, Teaching Excellence, Case Method Mastery… and Community
Poets and Quants boils Darden’s ‘identity’ into three main elements: academic rigor, teaching excellence and case method mastery — but concedes that students would likely add a fourth category — community.

Stanley Lu, a senior automation engineer at Emerson Electric, recalls how his classmates created Darden Doubles – one-on-one happy hours where students could connect over Zoom. This summer also featured regular Zoom Hangouts, says Isabel Fortuño Seitzer, where students would gather to share advice on everything from career development to apartment shopping.

“High touch, hone tone, high octane” – that’s how former dean Bob Bruner defined the Darden dynamic. It is a place that requires intensive reflection and analysis, not to mention the courage to listen, question, and defend. Not surprisingly, the program attracts a certain type of student: curious, disciplined, and open leaders who hold high expectations for themselves – and the faculty and classmates around them.

“Darden is famous for its rigorous academic program, but the nerdiest parts of me are secretly excited to have structured academics return to my life.” – Fortuño Seitzer, Class of 2022

At Darden, teaching is a full-contact sport where everyone is expected to prepare and contribute. The professor’s job is to feed the energy and maintain the momentum. In class, they are the ones gently probing and challenging. Sometimes, they are burrowing deep into a key point made by a student. Other times, they are reeling students back to the big picture. They question and frame, often easing conversations into rich and unexpected directions.

“(Over the summer) Directors from Darden’s Career Center recommended that I investigate Innovation and Design as a potential area of career interest. I started exploring the space and realized that Jeanne Lidka, a premiere academic in that field, teaches at Darden. I cold emailed her, and she was incredibly generous about hopping on the phone and sharing her time and expertise with me. Just another example of how the professors at Darden clearly care about their students and prioritize teaching!” – Paul Niedfeldt, Class of 2022

Despite Darden’s reputation for teaching excellence, the MBA program is designed for students to learn how to think for themselves – and teach themselves. And that starts with the case method, the cornerstone of the Darden MBA experience.

“The case method will place me in ambiguous situations where I’d have to learn how to navigate solving challenging cases. It’ll really allow me to think critically and strategically, hone in my analytical skills, be assertive in my decisions, and communicate well. I’ll learn how to ask the right questions, make data-driven decisions, understand different points of views as well as equip me with the confidence to speak up in a room full of C-suite level executives.” – Peace Titilawo, Class of 2022

Read the full Poets and Quants article.

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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FROM Darden EMBA Blog: Poets and Quants Highlight Darden’s Class of 2022
MBA-focused publication Poets and Quants recently shared their annual “Meet the Class” profile, highlighting Darden’s Class of 2022. The robust article features student profiles, class stats and commentary from Dean Scott Beardsley and Executive Director of Admissions Dawna Clarke. What started out as a relatively normal application cycle in 2019 (remember in-person events?!) quickly shifted into a warp-speed admissions cycle of innovation and new frontiers. Darden Admissions rolled out a test flexibility pilot, moved all recruiting events online and amped up pre-matriculation resources for admitted students.

By Poets and Quants:

Record Applications
This year, Darden’s full-time MBA program received 3,016 applications. That’s a 38% jump over last year’s 2,183 applications. One big reason? The School extended its round 3 deadline. As a result, the program witnessed a 364% increase in applications in that period. Aside from extending the third round deadline to July 15th, the program revamped its admissions policy, accepting SAT and ACT scores in place of a GMAT or GRE. That also made a difference in Darden’s pace-setting year for applications.

“One person told me the biggest competitor to the MBA is no MBA and I think that is true,” Dean Beardsley told P&Q. “If you have to study for many months to take a standardized test, that becomes the main barrier for you and your family. I thought, maybe we are missing the point here. Maybe we are missing out on a whole category of people who are truly excellent, who were the stars of their undergraduate class, and clearly have leadership capability. Instead of asking how do we triple down on a narrow group of people who have a certain test score, we want to give people the chance to put their best foot forward.

Class Stats
Overall, the Class of 2022 boasts 341 students, not counting another 68 students who will be joining the cohort in January (and graduate with their fall brethren). As a result, the class profile is still in flux, though acceptance rate (which includes deferrals) held steady at 36% (with the current class size being five students larger than the previous year excluding deferrals).

The class also averaged a 703 GMAT, down 10 points from the previous year. At the same time, class members averaged a 319 on the GRE, which was taken by 29% of the class. The average GPA – 3.5 – also inched up from the previous class’ performance. Women comprise 39% of the class, down just a point. Considering the number of deferrals and COVID travel hurdles, the nine point drop in international students to 24% is hardly a surprise. Still, the class remains quite diverse, with students from 35 different countries (nearly the same total as the Class of 2021).

Academic Rigor, Teaching Excellence, Case Method Mastery… and Community
Poets and Quants boils Darden’s ‘identity’ into three main elements: academic rigor, teaching excellence and case method mastery — but concedes that students would likely add a fourth category — community.

Stanley Lu, a senior automation engineer at Emerson Electric, recalls how his classmates created Darden Doubles – one-on-one happy hours where students could connect over Zoom. This summer also featured regular Zoom Hangouts, says Isabel Fortuño Seitzer, where students would gather to share advice on everything from career development to apartment shopping.

“High touch, hone tone, high octane” – that’s how former dean Bob Bruner defined the Darden dynamic. It is a place that requires intensive reflection and analysis, not to mention the courage to listen, question, and defend. Not surprisingly, the program attracts a certain type of student: curious, disciplined, and open leaders who hold high expectations for themselves – and the faculty and classmates around them.

“Darden is famous for its rigorous academic program, but the nerdiest parts of me are secretly excited to have structured academics return to my life.” – Fortuño Seitzer, Class of 2022

At Darden, teaching is a full-contact sport where everyone is expected to prepare and contribute. The professor’s job is to feed the energy and maintain the momentum. In class, they are the ones gently probing and challenging. Sometimes, they are burrowing deep into a key point made by a student. Other times, they are reeling students back to the big picture. They question and frame, often easing conversations into rich and unexpected directions.

“(Over the summer) Directors from Darden’s Career Center recommended that I investigate Innovation and Design as a potential area of career interest. I started exploring the space and realized that Jeanne Lidka, a premiere academic in that field, teaches at Darden. I cold emailed her, and she was incredibly generous about hopping on the phone and sharing her time and expertise with me. Just another example of how the professors at Darden clearly care about their students and prioritize teaching!” – Paul Niedfeldt, Class of 2022

Despite Darden’s reputation for teaching excellence, the MBA program is designed for students to learn how to think for themselves – and teach themselves. And that starts with the case method, the cornerstone of the Darden MBA experience.

“The case method will place me in ambiguous situations where I’d have to learn how to navigate solving challenging cases. It’ll really allow me to think critically and strategically, hone in my analytical skills, be assertive in my decisions, and communicate well. I’ll learn how to ask the right questions, make data-driven decisions, understand different points of views as well as equip me with the confidence to speak up in a room full of C-suite level executives.” – Peace Titilawo, Class of 2022

Read the full Poets and Quants article.

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Poets & Quants Highlights Darden’s Class of 2022
Business education-focused publication Poets & Quants recently shared their annual “Meet the Class” profile, highlighting Darden’s Class of 2022. The robust article features student profiles, class stats and commentary from Dean Scott Beardsley and Executive Director of Admissions Dawna Clarke. What started out as a relatively normal application cycle in 2019 (remember in-person events?) quickly shifted into a warp-speed admissions cycle of innovation and new frontiers. Darden Admissions rolled out a test flexibility pilot, moved all recruiting events online and amped up pre-matriculation resources for admitted students.

Below, read excerpts from the Poets & Quants “Meet the Class” feature.

Record Applications
This year, Darden’s full-time MBA program received 3,016 applications. That’s a 38% jump over last year’s 2,183 applications. One big reason? The School extended its round 3 deadline. As a result, the program witnessed a 364% increase in applications in that period. Aside from extending the third round deadline to July 15th, the program revamped its admissions policy, accepting SAT and ACT scores in place of a GMAT or GRE. That also made a difference in Darden’s pace-setting year for applications.

“One person told me the biggest competitor to the MBA is no MBA and I think that is true,” Beardsley told the publication. “If you have to study for many months to take a standardized test, that becomes the main barrier for you and your family. I thought, maybe we are missing the point here. Maybe we are missing out on a whole category of people who are truly excellent, who were the stars of their undergraduate class, and clearly have leadership capability. Instead of asking how do we triple down on a narrow group of people who have a certain test score, we want to give people the chance to put their best foot forward.

Class Stats
Overall, the Class of 2022 boasts 341 students, not counting another 68 students who will be joining the cohort in January (and graduate with their fall brethren). As a result, the class profile is still in flux, though acceptance rate (which includes deferrals) held steady at 36% (with the current class size being five students larger than the previous year excluding deferrals).

The class also averaged a 703 GMAT, down 10 points from the previous year. At the same time, class members averaged a 319 on the GRE, which was taken by 29% of the class. The average GPA – 3.5 – also inched up from the previous class’ performance. Women comprise 39% of the class, down just a point. Considering the number of deferrals and COVID travel hurdles, the nine point drop in international students to 24% is hardly a surprise. Still, the class remains quite diverse, with students from 35 different countries (nearly the same total as the Class of 2021).

Academic Rigor, Teaching Excellence, Case Method Mastery… and Community
Poets and Quants boils Darden’s ‘identity’ into three main elements: academic rigor, teaching excellence and case method mastery — but concedes that students would likely add a fourth category — community.

Stanley Lu, a senior automation engineer at Emerson Electric, recalls how his classmates created Darden Doubles – one-on-one happy hours where students could connect over Zoom. This summer also featured regular Zoom Hangouts, says Isabel Fortuño Seitzer, where students would gather to share advice on everything from career development to apartment shopping.

“High touch, hone tone, high octane” — that’s how former dean Bob Bruner defined the Darden dynamic. It is a place that requires intensive reflection and analysis, not to mention the courage to listen, question, and defend. Not surprisingly, the program attracts a certain type of student: curious, disciplined, and open leaders who hold high expectations for themselves – and the faculty and classmates around them.

“Darden is famous for its rigorous academic program, but the nerdiest parts of me are secretly excited to have structured academics return to my life.” – Fortuño Seitzer, Class of 2022

At Darden, teaching is a full-contact sport where everyone is expected to prepare and contribute. The professor’s job is to feed the energy and maintain the momentum. In class, they are the ones gently probing and challenging. Sometimes, they are burrowing deep into a key point made by a student. Other times, they are reeling students back to the big picture. They question and frame, often easing conversations into rich and unexpected directions.

“(Over the summer) Directors from Darden’s Career Center recommended that I investigate Innovation and Design as a potential area of career interest. I started exploring the space and realized that Jeanne Lidka, a premiere academic in that field, teaches at Darden. I cold emailed her, and she was incredibly generous about hopping on the phone and sharing her time and expertise with me. Just another example of how the professors at Darden clearly care about their students and prioritize teaching!” – Paul Niedfeldt, Class of 2022

Despite Darden’s reputation for teaching excellence, the MBA program is designed for students to learn how to think for themselves – and teach themselves. And that starts with the case method, the cornerstone of the Darden MBA experience.

“The case method will place me in ambiguous situations where I’d have to learn how to navigate solving challenging cases. It’ll really allow me to think critically and strategically, hone in my analytical skills, be assertive in my decisions, and communicate well. I’ll learn how to ask the right questions, make data-driven decisions, understand different points of views as well as equip me with the confidence to speak up in a room full of C-suite level executives.” – Peace Titilawo, Class of 2022

Read the full Poets & Quants article.

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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FROM Darden EMBA Blog: Poets & Quants Highlights Darden’s Class of 2022
Business education-focused publication Poets & Quants recently shared their annual “Meet the Class” profile, highlighting Darden’s Class of 2022. The robust article features student profiles, class stats and commentary from Dean Scott Beardsley and Executive Director of Admissions Dawna Clarke. What started out as a relatively normal application cycle in 2019 (remember in-person events?) quickly shifted into a warp-speed admissions cycle of innovation and new frontiers. Darden Admissions rolled out a test flexibility pilot, moved all recruiting events online and amped up pre-matriculation resources for admitted students.

Below, read excerpts from the Poets & Quants “Meet the Class” feature.

Record Applications
This year, Darden’s full-time MBA program received 3,016 applications. That’s a 38% jump over last year’s 2,183 applications. One big reason? The School extended its round 3 deadline. As a result, the program witnessed a 364% increase in applications in that period. Aside from extending the third round deadline to July 15th, the program revamped its admissions policy, accepting SAT and ACT scores in place of a GMAT or GRE. That also made a difference in Darden’s pace-setting year for applications.

“One person told me the biggest competitor to the MBA is no MBA and I think that is true,” Beardsley told the publication. “If you have to study for many months to take a standardized test, that becomes the main barrier for you and your family. I thought, maybe we are missing the point here. Maybe we are missing out on a whole category of people who are truly excellent, who were the stars of their undergraduate class, and clearly have leadership capability. Instead of asking how do we triple down on a narrow group of people who have a certain test score, we want to give people the chance to put their best foot forward.

Class Stats
Overall, the Class of 2022 boasts 341 students, not counting another 68 students who will be joining the cohort in January (and graduate with their fall brethren). As a result, the class profile is still in flux, though acceptance rate (which includes deferrals) held steady at 36% (with the current class size being five students larger than the previous year excluding deferrals).

The class also averaged a 703 GMAT, down 10 points from the previous year. At the same time, class members averaged a 319 on the GRE, which was taken by 29% of the class. The average GPA – 3.5 – also inched up from the previous class’ performance. Women comprise 39% of the class, down just a point. Considering the number of deferrals and COVID travel hurdles, the nine point drop in international students to 24% is hardly a surprise. Still, the class remains quite diverse, with students from 35 different countries (nearly the same total as the Class of 2021).

Academic Rigor, Teaching Excellence, Case Method Mastery… and Community
Poets and Quants boils Darden’s ‘identity’ into three main elements: academic rigor, teaching excellence and case method mastery — but concedes that students would likely add a fourth category — community.

Stanley Lu, a senior automation engineer at Emerson Electric, recalls how his classmates created Darden Doubles – one-on-one happy hours where students could connect over Zoom. This summer also featured regular Zoom Hangouts, says Isabel Fortuño Seitzer, where students would gather to share advice on everything from career development to apartment shopping.

“High touch, hone tone, high octane” — that’s how former dean Bob Bruner defined the Darden dynamic. It is a place that requires intensive reflection and analysis, not to mention the courage to listen, question, and defend. Not surprisingly, the program attracts a certain type of student: curious, disciplined, and open leaders who hold high expectations for themselves – and the faculty and classmates around them.

“Darden is famous for its rigorous academic program, but the nerdiest parts of me are secretly excited to have structured academics return to my life.” – Fortuño Seitzer, Class of 2022

At Darden, teaching is a full-contact sport where everyone is expected to prepare and contribute. The professor’s job is to feed the energy and maintain the momentum. In class, they are the ones gently probing and challenging. Sometimes, they are burrowing deep into a key point made by a student. Other times, they are reeling students back to the big picture. They question and frame, often easing conversations into rich and unexpected directions.

“(Over the summer) Directors from Darden’s Career Center recommended that I investigate Innovation and Design as a potential area of career interest. I started exploring the space and realized that Jeanne Lidka, a premiere academic in that field, teaches at Darden. I cold emailed her, and she was incredibly generous about hopping on the phone and sharing her time and expertise with me. Just another example of how the professors at Darden clearly care about their students and prioritize teaching!” – Paul Niedfeldt, Class of 2022

Despite Darden’s reputation for teaching excellence, the MBA program is designed for students to learn how to think for themselves – and teach themselves. And that starts with the case method, the cornerstone of the Darden MBA experience.

“The case method will place me in ambiguous situations where I’d have to learn how to navigate solving challenging cases. It’ll really allow me to think critically and strategically, hone in my analytical skills, be assertive in my decisions, and communicate well. I’ll learn how to ask the right questions, make data-driven decisions, understand different points of views as well as equip me with the confidence to speak up in a room full of C-suite level executives.” – Peace Titilawo, Class of 2022

Read the full Poets & Quants article.

Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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‘Tis the Season — For Essential Darden Podcast Episodes, That Is! [#permalink]
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: ‘Tis the Season — For Essential Darden Podcast Episodes, That Is!
Have you added Darden Admissions’ podcasts to your weekly download yet? [url=https://experiencedarden.podbean.com/]Experience Darden[/url] is your source for conversations all about the Darden full-time MBA experience. The [url=https://dardenexecmbapodcast.podbean.com/]ExecMBA Podcast[/url] features regular conversations with members of our Executive MBA community.

We know this holiday season may be a little different than past years’, but wherever you are and whomever you’re with, we hope you have a happy, restful and grateful holiday. Here at Darden Admissions, we’re so thankful for each and every one of our prospective students, and we look forward to seeing you online in the coming months and weeks.

[b]Hardly Slowing Down[/b][b]

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Listeners to the Experience Darden podcast know that Darden has over 50 student organizations, and student leaders are regular guests on the pod. Many of our prospective students have been inquiring about life on grounds during the time of COVID-19, and the podcast has you covered!

Most of our recent student interviews take a few minutes to check in and discuss how things are going this semester. In addition, Zakiah Pierre, associate director for the office of student affairs, recently joined us to talk about the creative ways student clubs are finding to offer programming and create community during this time of social distancing.

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[*][url=https://experiencedarden.podbean.com/e/experience-darden-85-zakiah-pierre-associate-director-in-the-office-of-student-affairs/]Experience[/url][url=https://experiencedarden.podbean.com/e/experience-darden-85-zakiah-pierre-associate-director-in-the-office-of-student-affairs/] Darden – Ep. 85[/url][/*]
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[b]Executive MBA Student Life is Not an Oxymoron[/b]
Speaking of student life, October featured a host of online events highlighting our growing number of Executive MBA student organizations (six and counting). The ExecMBA Podcast has followed suit with recent conversations featuring leaders from the Network of Executive Women, the Black Executive MBA student organization as well as the Veteran Executive Students at Darden.

During these episodes, we talk with the students about how their respective organizations have enhanced their Executive MBA experience, but we also find time to talk about the students’ MBA journeys, the impact of their time at Darden, their advice for prospective students and much more.

[list]
[*][url=https://dardenexecmbapodcast.podbean.com/e/the-execmba-podcast-148-caroline-clark-and-anura-shrivastava-emba-class-of-2021-and-leaders-of-dardens-network-of-executive-women/]Network of Executive Women (NEW) – Ep. 148[/url][/*]
[*][url=https://dardenexecmbapodcast.podbean.com/e/the-execmba-podcast-145-michael-long-aja-sae-kung-co-presidents-of-the-black-executive-mba-student-organization-and-emba-class-of-2021/]Black Executive MBA (BEMBA) – Ep. 145[/url][/*]
[*][url=https://dardenexecmbapodcast.podbean.com/e/the-execmba-podcast-147-kevin-rivers-emba-class-of-2021-and-co-president-of-the-veteran-executive-students-at-darden/]Veteran Executive Students at Darden (VESD) – Ep. 147[/url][/*]
[/list]
[b]Paint by Numbers and Educational Equity[/b]
Emily Kelly (Class of 2021) is the president of Darden’s Black Business Student Association. Prior to her arrival at Darden, Kelly graduated from Howard University and worked in the education and nonprofit sectors.

During this wide-ranging conversation we talk with Kelly about everything from pandemic puzzling to how she decided to pursue an MBA to her plans for BBSA in the months ahead and more. We’re pretty sure this is our first interview that references both painting by numbers and educational access. 

Kelly also shares insights about this year’s Case for Inclusion event hosted in partnership with the Hispanic American Network at Darden (HAND). This annual event takes place in September, at the start of the recruiting season, and its goal is to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion are at the forefront of community members’ minds as they embark upon their respective job searches. 

[list]
[*][url=https://experiencedarden.podbean.com/e/experience-darden-83-emily-kelly-mba-class-of-2021-and-president-of-the-black-business-students-association/]Emily Kelly, President, BBSA – Ep. 83[/url][/*]
[/list]
[b]Socially Conscious Startups[/b]
Entrepreneurship is one of our [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/10/08/podcast-roundup/]regular conversation topics[/url] on The ExecMBA Podcast. Whether you’re passionate about launching your own venture or you’re simply interested in gaining the tools necessary to drive innovation within your existing organization, these conversations provide powerful examples of how Darden’s case method-based Executive MBA experience helps students gain the tools, skills and confidence to lead.

Peter Webb (EMBA ‘19) launched Grow.DC, a vertical hydroponic farming venture, to provide communities with a sustainable, nutritious food source. David Black (EMBA ‘19) and Heather Townsend (EMBA ‘19) started Even.Health to increase access to mental health resources. Hear how these graduates are leveraging their time at Darden to address some of our most urgent challenges today:

[list]
[*][url=https://dardenexecmbapodcast.podbean.com/e/the-execmba-podcast-146-peter-webb-emba-19-growdc/]Peter Webb – Grow.DC – Ep. 146[/url][/*]
[*][url=https://dardenexecmbapodcast.podbean.com/e/the-execmba-podcast-144-emba-alumni-david-black-mba-19-and-heather-townsend-mba-19-of-even-health/]David Black and Heather Townsend – Ep. 144[/url][/*]
[/list]
[b]File Under ‘Essential Listening’[/b]
As we have often mentioned on the blog, the Darden interview is conversational in nature, and you will have around 30 minutes to tell your story. Great! But how might one prepare for this conversation? Once again, the podcast has got you covered.

Admissions Committee members Whitney Kestner and Catie Yeilding share tips and insights for Darden interviewees. Whether you’re interviewing next week or simply trying to get a feel for what Darden’s interviews are all about, this episode is essential listening for all Darden applicants.  

[list]
[*][url=https://experiencedarden.podbean.com/e/experience-darden-81-admissions-committee-members-catie-yielding-and-whitney-kestner-on-your-darden-interview/]Darden Interview Tips – Ep. 81[/url][/*]
[/list]
Be sure to consult the [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/]Latest News[/url] regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on [url=https://ideas.darden.virginia.edu/]Ideas to Action[/url]. And stay connected with us via social media: [url=https://www.facebook.com/DardenMBA]Facebook[/url], [url=https://www.instagram.com/dardenmba/]Instagram[/url], [url=https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=19605]LinkedIn[/url], [url=https://twitter.com/DardenMBA]Twitter[/url], [url=https://brand.darden.virginia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/qrcode_for_gh_23920314812f_860.jpg]WeChat[/url]
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‘Tis the Season — For Essential Darden Podcast Episodes, That Is! [#permalink]
FROM Darden EMBA Blog: ‘Tis the Season — For Essential Darden Podcast Episodes, That Is!
Have you added Darden Admissions’ podcasts to your weekly download yet? [url=https://experiencedarden.podbean.com/]Experience Darden[/url] is your source for conversations all about the Darden full-time MBA experience. The [url=https://dardenexecmbapodcast.podbean.com/]ExecMBA Podcast[/url] features regular conversations with members of our Executive MBA community.

We know this holiday season may be a little different than past years’, but wherever you are and whomever you’re with, we hope you have a happy, restful and grateful holiday. Here at Darden Admissions, we’re so thankful for each and every one of our prospective students, and we look forward to seeing you online in the coming months and weeks.

[b]Hardly Slowing Down[/b][b]

[/b]
Listeners to the Experience Darden podcast know that Darden has over 50 student organizations, and student leaders are regular guests on the pod. Many of our prospective students have been inquiring about life on grounds during the time of COVID-19, and the podcast has you covered!

Most of our recent student interviews take a few minutes to check in and discuss how things are going this semester. In addition, Zakiah Pierre, associate director for the office of student affairs, recently joined us to talk about the creative ways student clubs are finding to offer programming and create community during this time of social distancing.

[list]
[*][url=https://experiencedarden.podbean.com/e/experience-darden-85-zakiah-pierre-associate-director-in-the-office-of-student-affairs/]Experience[/url][url=https://experiencedarden.podbean.com/e/experience-darden-85-zakiah-pierre-associate-director-in-the-office-of-student-affairs/] Darden – Ep. 85[/url][/*]
[/list]
[b]Executive MBA Student Life is Not an Oxymoron[/b]
Speaking of student life, October featured a host of online events highlighting our growing number of Executive MBA student organizations (six and counting). The ExecMBA Podcast has followed suit with recent conversations featuring leaders from the Network of Executive Women, the Black Executive MBA student organization as well as the Veteran Executive Students at Darden.

During these episodes, we talk with the students about how their respective organizations have enhanced their Executive MBA experience, but we also find time to talk about the students’ MBA journeys, the impact of their time at Darden, their advice for prospective students and much more.

[list]
[*][url=https://dardenexecmbapodcast.podbean.com/e/the-execmba-podcast-148-caroline-clark-and-anura-shrivastava-emba-class-of-2021-and-leaders-of-dardens-network-of-executive-women/]Network of Executive Women (NEW) – Ep. 148[/url][/*]
[*][url=https://dardenexecmbapodcast.podbean.com/e/the-execmba-podcast-145-michael-long-aja-sae-kung-co-presidents-of-the-black-executive-mba-student-organization-and-emba-class-of-2021/]Black Executive MBA (BEMBA) – Ep. 145[/url][/*]
[*][url=https://dardenexecmbapodcast.podbean.com/e/the-execmba-podcast-147-kevin-rivers-emba-class-of-2021-and-co-president-of-the-veteran-executive-students-at-darden/]Veteran Executive Students at Darden (VESD) – Ep. 147[/url][/*]
[/list]
[b]Paint by Numbers and Educational Equity[/b]
Emily Kelly (Class of 2021) is the president of Darden’s Black Business Student Association. Prior to her arrival at Darden, Kelly graduated from Howard University and worked in the education and nonprofit sectors.

During this wide-ranging conversation we talk with Kelly about everything from pandemic puzzling to how she decided to pursue an MBA to her plans for BBSA in the months ahead and more. We’re pretty sure this is our first interview that references both painting by numbers and educational access. 

Kelly also shares insights about this year’s Case for Inclusion event hosted in partnership with the Hispanic American Network at Darden (HAND). This annual event takes place in September, at the start of the recruiting season, and its goal is to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion are at the forefront of community members’ minds as they embark upon their respective job searches. 

[list]
[*][url=https://experiencedarden.podbean.com/e/experience-darden-83-emily-kelly-mba-class-of-2021-and-president-of-the-black-business-students-association/]Emily Kelly, President, BBSA – Ep. 83[/url][/*]
[/list]
[b]Socially Conscious Startups[/b]
Entrepreneurship is one of our [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/10/08/podcast-roundup/]regular conversation topics[/url] on The ExecMBA Podcast. Whether you’re passionate about launching your own venture or you’re simply interested in gaining the tools necessary to drive innovation within your existing organization, these conversations provide powerful examples of how Darden’s case method-based Executive MBA experience helps students gain the tools, skills and confidence to lead.

Peter Webb (EMBA ‘19) launched Grow.DC, a vertical hydroponic farming venture, to provide communities with a sustainable, nutritious food source. David Black (EMBA ‘19) and Heather Townsend (EMBA ‘19) started Even.Health to increase access to mental health resources. Hear how these graduates are leveraging their time at Darden to address some of our most urgent challenges today:

[list]
[*][url=https://dardenexecmbapodcast.podbean.com/e/the-execmba-podcast-146-peter-webb-emba-19-growdc/]Peter Webb – Grow.DC – Ep. 146[/url][/*]
[*][url=https://dardenexecmbapodcast.podbean.com/e/the-execmba-podcast-144-emba-alumni-david-black-mba-19-and-heather-townsend-mba-19-of-even-health/]David Black and Heather Townsend – Ep. 144[/url][/*]
[/list]
[b]File Under ‘Essential Listening’[/b]
As we have often mentioned on the blog, the Darden interview is conversational in nature, and you will have around 30 minutes to tell your story. Great! But how might one prepare for this conversation? Once again, the podcast has got you covered.

Admissions Committee members Whitney Kestner and Catie Yeilding share tips and insights for Darden interviewees. Whether you’re interviewing next week or simply trying to get a feel for what Darden’s interviews are all about, this episode is essential listening for all Darden applicants.  

[list]
[*][url=https://experiencedarden.podbean.com/e/experience-darden-81-admissions-committee-members-catie-yielding-and-whitney-kestner-on-your-darden-interview/]Darden Interview Tips – Ep. 81[/url][/*]
[/list]
Be sure to consult the [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/]Latest News[/url] regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on [url=https://ideas.darden.virginia.edu/]Ideas to Action[/url]. And stay connected with us via social media: [url=https://www.facebook.com/DardenMBA]Facebook[/url], [url=https://www.instagram.com/dardenmba/]Instagram[/url], [url=https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=19605]LinkedIn[/url], [url=https://twitter.com/DardenMBA]Twitter[/url], [url=https://brand.darden.virginia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/qrcode_for_gh_23920314812f_860.jpg]WeChat[/url]
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Student-Recommended ‘Ways to Connect’ [#permalink]
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Student-Recommended ‘Ways to Connect’
Today’s post is authored by Second Year student Luke Stephens (Class of 2021). Stephens is a member of the Second Year Admissions Committee, a group of students who work alongside Darden’s Admissions team to recruit future classes of MBA students. This group of students also serves as informal ambassadors to the Darden experience, lending their own knowledge and expertise to prospective students and applicants.

Stephens and fellow Second Year Admissions Committee members Daniel Weidman (Class of 2021) and Louis Margules (Class of 2021) recently hosted a webinar about connecting with Darden. They highlighted the best channels to gather information about Darden, and shared insights about their own application journeys. [url=https://www.kaltura.com/tiny/m95tv]View the recording here.[/url]

By Luke Stephens

[img]https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/files/2020/11/luke-stephens-300x300.jpg[/img]
Luke Stephens, Class of 2021
Choosing to pursue an MBA is a significant life decision. It might involve leaving your job, moving across the world, and putting the rest of your life on hold for two years. While there is no substitute for visiting Grounds and sitting in on a live class session, there are still many ways that you can connect with Darden until (and even after) we re-open to in-person visitors.

[b]Send a message to a Student Ambassador:[/b]

If you have specific questions to ask of a current student, connect with one of our many [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/connect/student-ambassadors]Student Ambassadors[/url]. Schedule time to have an open conversation where you can ask about the things that are the most important to you. If there are very specific topics that you would like to discuss that the Ambassador is not as familiar with, you might also request to be connected with one of their peers so that you can learn more.

[b]Schedule a conversation or coffee chat with a member of the Admissions Committee or with a Darden student, staff member, or alum:[/b]

If you have questions related to the details of the application process, it might be a good idea to schedule a fifteen-minute [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/portal/conversation]one-on-one conversation[/url] with Admissions. You can also attend [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/portal/coffeechats]coffee chats with students, staff members, and alumni[/url]. For those interested, you can find conversations and coffee chats specific to [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/portal/chats-women]MBA Women’s Recruiting[/url] and [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/portal/diversity-conversation]MBA Diversity Recruiting[/url]. Please note the following: MBA Conversations and Coffee Chats are intended for candidates who have not yet submitted an application to Darden. Due to the high demand for these sessions, please limit your coffee chat and conversation sign ups to 1 per month.

[b]Other events:[/b] Keep an eye on our master [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/events]Events web page[/url] for other opportunities to connect. Some events you might find that have not been mentioned above include panel discussions with some of our student-run clubs, “Ask Me Anything” webinars with professors, and application prep seminars. Space is limited in many of these events!

[b]Follow the Experience Darden podcast:[/b]

The [url=https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/experience-darden/id1496391466]Experience Darden podcast[/url] is a great way to learn a lot about Darden that you might not be able to find anywhere else. Join host Brett Twitty from Darden Admissions as he chats with various members of the Darden community. Recent episodes include: guidance on preparing for your Darden interview, insights into how Darden has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with a “hybrid” learning environment, and chats with current student leaders across many different organizations at Darden.

[b]Follow the DardenMBA YouTube channel:[/b]

[url=https://www.youtube.com/user/DardenMBA]The Darden YouTube channel[/url] has hundreds of videos on subjects spanning student views, admissions tips, faculty profiles, educational webinars, and more. This was a prime source of information for me as I was applying to Darden. While watching some of the YouTube videos, you might find things that are of interest to you, which you can learn more about through chatting with an Ambassador or an Admissions team member.

[b]LinkedIn:[/b]

I personally have spoken to at least three potential applicants who reached out to me directly on LinkedIn. If you wish to connect with someone who has worked at a specific company or attended the same undergraduate institution as you, LinkedIn might be a good way to find them. However, if you choose to pursue this route, please know that all students are extremely busy and you are not guaranteed to receive a response.

You owe it to yourself to be as informed as possible during your application process. In a time when you are not able to visit us in person, we want to help you make sure that you are still able to connect with us. Please reach out to us through any of the channels mentioned above, and also follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Be sure to consult the [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/]Latest News[/url] regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on [url=https://ideas.darden.virginia.edu/]Ideas to Action[/url]. And stay connected with us via social media: [url=https://www.facebook.com/DardenMBA]Facebook[/url], [url=https://www.instagram.com/dardenmba/]Instagram[/url], [url=https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=19605]LinkedIn[/url], [url=https://twitter.com/DardenMBA]Twitter[/url], [url=https://brand.darden.virginia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/qrcode_for_gh_23920314812f_860.jpg]WeChat[/url]
The post [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/11/30/ways-to-connect/]Student-Recommended 'Ways to Connect'[/url] first appeared on [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/]Discover Darden[/url].
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Student-Recommended ‘Ways to Connect’ [#permalink]
FROM Darden EMBA Blog: Student-Recommended ‘Ways to Connect’
Today’s post is authored by Second Year student Luke Stephens (Class of 2021). Stephens is a member of the Second Year Admissions Committee, a group of students who work alongside Darden’s Admissions team to recruit future classes of MBA students. This group of students also serves as informal ambassadors to the Darden experience, lending their own knowledge and expertise to prospective students and applicants.

Stephens and fellow Second Year Admissions Committee members Daniel Weidman (Class of 2021) and Louis Margules (Class of 2021) recently hosted a webinar about connecting with Darden. They highlighted the best channels to gather information about Darden, and shared insights about their own application journeys. [url=https://www.kaltura.com/tiny/m95tv]View the recording here.[/url]

By Luke Stephens

[img]https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/files/2020/11/luke-stephens-300x300.jpg[/img]
Luke Stephens, Class of 2021
Choosing to pursue an MBA is a significant life decision. It might involve leaving your job, moving across the world, and putting the rest of your life on hold for two years. While there is no substitute for visiting Grounds and sitting in on a live class session, there are still many ways that you can connect with Darden until (and even after) we re-open to in-person visitors.

[b]Send a message to a Student Ambassador:[/b]

If you have specific questions to ask of a current student, connect with one of our many [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/connect/student-ambassadors]Student Ambassadors[/url]. Schedule time to have an open conversation where you can ask about the things that are the most important to you. If there are very specific topics that you would like to discuss that the Ambassador is not as familiar with, you might also request to be connected with one of their peers so that you can learn more.

[b]Schedule a conversation or coffee chat with a member of the Admissions Committee or with a Darden student, staff member, or alum:[/b]

If you have questions related to the details of the application process, it might be a good idea to schedule a fifteen-minute [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/portal/conversation]one-on-one conversation[/url] with Admissions. You can also attend [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/portal/coffeechats]coffee chats with students, staff members, and alumni[/url]. For those interested, you can find conversations and coffee chats specific to [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/portal/chats-women]MBA Women’s Recruiting[/url] and [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/portal/diversity-conversation]MBA Diversity Recruiting[/url]. Please note the following: MBA Conversations and Coffee Chats are intended for candidates who have not yet submitted an application to Darden. Due to the high demand for these sessions, please limit your coffee chat and conversation sign ups to 1 per month.

[b]Other events:[/b] Keep an eye on our master [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/events]Events web page[/url] for other opportunities to connect. Some events you might find that have not been mentioned above include panel discussions with some of our student-run clubs, “Ask Me Anything” webinars with professors, and application prep seminars. Space is limited in many of these events!

[b]Follow the Experience Darden podcast:[/b]

The [url=https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/experience-darden/id1496391466]Experience Darden podcast[/url] is a great way to learn a lot about Darden that you might not be able to find anywhere else. Join host Brett Twitty from Darden Admissions as he chats with various members of the Darden community. Recent episodes include: guidance on preparing for your Darden interview, insights into how Darden has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with a “hybrid” learning environment, and chats with current student leaders across many different organizations at Darden.

[b]Follow the DardenMBA YouTube channel:[/b]

[url=https://www.youtube.com/user/DardenMBA]The Darden YouTube channel[/url] has hundreds of videos on subjects spanning student views, admissions tips, faculty profiles, educational webinars, and more. This was a prime source of information for me as I was applying to Darden. While watching some of the YouTube videos, you might find things that are of interest to you, which you can learn more about through chatting with an Ambassador or an Admissions team member.

[b]LinkedIn:[/b]

I personally have spoken to at least three potential applicants who reached out to me directly on LinkedIn. If you wish to connect with someone who has worked at a specific company or attended the same undergraduate institution as you, LinkedIn might be a good way to find them. However, if you choose to pursue this route, please know that all students are extremely busy and you are not guaranteed to receive a response.

You owe it to yourself to be as informed as possible during your application process. In a time when you are not able to visit us in person, we want to help you make sure that you are still able to connect with us. Please reach out to us through any of the channels mentioned above, and also follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Be sure to consult the [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/]Latest News[/url] regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on [url=https://ideas.darden.virginia.edu/]Ideas to Action[/url]. And stay connected with us via social media: [url=https://www.facebook.com/DardenMBA]Facebook[/url], [url=https://www.instagram.com/dardenmba/]Instagram[/url], [url=https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=19605]LinkedIn[/url], [url=https://twitter.com/DardenMBA]Twitter[/url], [url=https://brand.darden.virginia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/qrcode_for_gh_23920314812f_860.jpg]WeChat[/url]
The post [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/11/30/ways-to-connect/]Student-Recommended 'Ways to Connect'[/url] first appeared on [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/]Discover Darden[/url].
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Graduate Women in Business Explore ‘The Power of You’ at Annual Leader [#permalink]
FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Graduate Women in Business Explore ‘The Power of You’ at Annual Leadership Conference
Earlier this month, the Graduate Women In Business at Darden (GWIB) hosted their annual leadership conference, which went virtual for the first time. Conference co-chairs Isabel Caldwell and Lindsay Johnson strived to make this year’s event positive and energizing amidst a difficult and uncertain year. November is a busy time at Darden, and they worked hard to provide two days of sharing, connecting and reflection to create a break from academics, recruiting and other commitments. This year’s theme, moreover, was “The Power of You,” to focus on participants’ internal power, strength, perseverance and resilience through workshops, happy hours and interactive games. Fireside chats on Friday included topics like:

  • The Power of Building Your Board of Directors
  • The Power of Perseverance Through Adversity
  • The Power of Being a Woman in a Male-Dominated Industry
  • The Power of Intersectionality in the Workplace
With 17 corporate sponsors, participants networked with recruiters and heard from alumnae keynote speakers. Head of Global Clients and Categories, Facebook APAC Tawana Murphy Burnett (MBA ’04), focused on the idea of “firing superwoman,” embracing imperfection and finding and leaning on your tribe. Friday’s keynote from former President of Global Corporate Payments for American Express Susan Sobbott (MBA ’90), spoke to leveraging your internal strength, holding your ground and valuing what’s truly important. Breaking new ground, this year’s conference provided both networking exposure and an opportunity for renewal.


2020 GWIB Leadership Conference, “The Power of You”
Director of Admissions Haley Whitlock Gyory was recently joined by GWIB VP of Community Development Emma Finkelstein (Class of 2021) and GWIB members Rachel Gibson (Class of 2021) and Sarah Rumps (Class of 2022) for an informal “Ask Us Anything” session all about Darden’s community and support for women. Check out the recording below:



Be sure to consult the Latest News regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on Ideas to Action. And stay connected with us via social media: FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterWeChat
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Graduate Women in Business Explore ‘The Power of You’ at Annual Leader [#permalink]
FROM Darden EMBA Blog: Graduate Women in Business Explore ‘The Power of You’ at Annual Leadership Conference
Earlier this month, the Graduate Women In Business at Darden (GWIB) hosted their annual leadership conference, which went virtual for the first time. Conference co-chairs Isabel Caldwell and Lindsay Johnson strived to make this year’s event positive and energizing amidst a difficult and uncertain year. November is a busy time at Darden, and they worked hard to provide two days of sharing, connecting and reflection to create a break from academics, recruiting and other commitments. This year’s theme, moreover, was “The Power of You,” to focus on participants’ internal power, strength, perseverance and resilience through workshops, happy hours and interactive games. Fireside chats on Friday included topics like:

  • The Power of Building Your Board of Directors
  • The Power of Perseverance Through Adversity
  • The Power of Being a Woman in a Male-Dominated Industry
  • The Power of Intersectionality in the Workplace
With 17 corporate sponsors, participants networked with recruiters and heard from alumnae keynote speakers. Head of Global Clients and Categories, Facebook APAC Tawana Murphy Burnett (MBA ’04), focused on the idea of “firing superwoman,” embracing imperfection and finding and leaning on your tribe. Friday’s keynote from former President of Global Corporate Payments for American Express Susan Sobbott (MBA ’90), spoke to leveraging your internal strength, holding your ground and valuing what’s truly important. Breaking new ground, this year’s conference provided both networking exposure and an opportunity for renewal.


2020 GWIB Leadership Conference, “The Power of You”
Director of Admissions Haley Whitlock Gyory was recently joined by GWIB VP of Community Development Emma Finkelstein (Class of 2021) and GWIB members Rachel Gibson (Class of 2021) and Sarah Rumps (Class of 2022) for an informal “Ask Us Anything” session all about Darden’s community and support for women. Check out the recording below:



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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Future Year Scholars Program: How to Make the Most of Your Undergrad Holiday Break
Darden recently launched the 2021 [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/admissions/apply/future-year]Future Year Scholars Program[/url] application, and today we are excited to share a few easy ways that you can work ahead during this holiday break to advance your career goals with a deferred enrollment MBA program. Originally posted on Forte’s [url=https://business360.fortefoundation.org/how-to-make-the-most-of-your-undergrad-holiday-break/]Business 360 blog[/url].

IF YOU ARE A FRESHMAN:
[list]
[*]Spend time relaxing and recharging. You’ve earned it![/*]
[*]Reflect on the academic experiences and personal journeys of your first semester. How have they changed your perspective? Fine tune your interests and find new classes or coursework to explore in the spring.[/*]
[/list]
IF YOU ARE A SOPHOMORE:
[list]
[*]Start thinking about professional experiences like internships, volunteer opportunities, leadership roles within on-campus organizations that are aligned with your academic goals and professional aspirations.[/*]
[*]Make a list of target companies or organizations that have internship programs for the coming summer.[/*]
[*]Set a calendar reminder to schedule an appointment with your university’s career center to start working on your internships search strategies, resume and cover letter writing techniques, or take an assessment like a Myers Briggs to learn more about your natural strengths and tendencies. View a few resume tips from Executive Director of Admissions Dawna Clarke in her [url=https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKH1z_aubPdNOqncTzXo8S2cLi2jOnjKV]YouTube playlist[/url] all about admissions advice.[/*]
[/list]
IF YOU ARE A JUNIOR:
[list]
[*]Start thinking about how graduate school might align with your personal and professional goals. Explore various MBA programs through online research and have conversations with current graduate students and admissions staff. Most MBA programs have student ambassadors who can share real-life experiences.[/*]
[*]Research different standardized testing options (GMAT, GRE) and start thinking about the best approach and test timing for your study style.[/*]
[*]Draft a study plan for the spring semester with the goal of taking the standardized test the summer before senior year.[/*]
[/list]
IF YOU ARE A SENIOR:
[list]
[*]Enjoy your last official holiday break![/*]
[*]Take the GRE or GMAT if you haven’t already done so, or retake it if you want to improve your score. Although you can apply to the Future Year Scholars Program with just an SAT or ACT score, employers in industries like Investment Banking and Consulting will require GRE or GMAT scores. Plus, many merit-based scholarships at Darden take these test scores into consideration![/*]
[*]Start preparing your application to a deferred MBA program (for example, the [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/admissions/apply/future-year]Future Year Scholars Program[/url] at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business!)[/*]
[*]Put together a plan for teaming up with your school’s career center this spring to hone interviewing and networking skills and learn what opportunities there are to engage with alumni at career fairs or local events. Once you have applied to a deferred enrollment MBA program, you can also leverage that program’s global alumni network.[/*]
[/list]
Reflect on your accomplishments, experiences and friendships – but don’t forget to look toward the future. The world awaits!

Join Darden Admissions on 10 December for a special webinar, Introducing the 2021 Future Year Scholars Application. We’ll share insights including:

[list]
[*]Why an MBA is a must-consider option for any major[/*]
[*]What makes Darden a unique place to spend two years earning an MBA[/*]
[*]Benefits of Darden’s Future Year Scholars Program and key program deadlines[/*]
[*]Updates to the 2021 Future Year Scholars Program application[/*]
[/list]
[url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/register/?id=2198052b-3400-45b0-a6bc-9c75719733b2]Register here[/url] for the upcoming webinar.

Be sure to consult the [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/]Latest News[/url] regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on [url=https://ideas.darden.virginia.edu/]Ideas to Action[/url]. And stay connected with us via social media: [url=https://www.facebook.com/DardenMBA]Facebook[/url], [url=https://www.instagram.com/dardenmba/]Instagram[/url], [url=https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=19605]LinkedIn[/url], [url=https://twitter.com/DardenMBA]Twitter[/url], [url=https://brand.darden.virginia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/qrcode_for_gh_23920314812f_860.jpg]WeChat[/url]
The post [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/12/04/fysp-holiday-break/]Future Year Scholars Program: How to Make the Most of Your Undergrad Holiday Break[/url] first appeared on [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/]Discover Darden[/url].
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FROM Darden EMBA Blog: Future Year Scholars Program: How to Make the Most of Your Undergrad Holiday Break
Darden recently launched the 2021 [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/admissions/apply/future-year]Future Year Scholars Program[/url] application, and today we are excited to share a few easy ways that you can work ahead during this holiday break to advance your career goals with a deferred enrollment MBA program. Originally posted on Forte’s [url=https://business360.fortefoundation.org/how-to-make-the-most-of-your-undergrad-holiday-break/]Business 360 blog[/url].

IF YOU ARE A FRESHMAN:
[list]
[*]Spend time relaxing and recharging. You’ve earned it![/*]
[*]Reflect on the academic experiences and personal journeys of your first semester. How have they changed your perspective? Fine tune your interests and find new classes or coursework to explore in the spring.[/*]
[/list]
IF YOU ARE A SOPHOMORE:
[list]
[*]Start thinking about professional experiences like internships, volunteer opportunities, leadership roles within on-campus organizations that are aligned with your academic goals and professional aspirations.[/*]
[*]Make a list of target companies or organizations that have internship programs for the coming summer.[/*]
[*]Set a calendar reminder to schedule an appointment with your university’s career center to start working on your internships search strategies, resume and cover letter writing techniques, or take an assessment like a Myers Briggs to learn more about your natural strengths and tendencies. View a few resume tips from Executive Director of Admissions Dawna Clarke in her [url=https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKH1z_aubPdNOqncTzXo8S2cLi2jOnjKV]YouTube playlist[/url] all about admissions advice.[/*]
[/list]
IF YOU ARE A JUNIOR:
[list]
[*]Start thinking about how graduate school might align with your personal and professional goals. Explore various MBA programs through online research and have conversations with current graduate students and admissions staff. Most MBA programs have student ambassadors who can share real-life experiences.[/*]
[*]Research different standardized testing options (GMAT, GRE) and start thinking about the best approach and test timing for your study style.[/*]
[*]Draft a study plan for the spring semester with the goal of taking the standardized test the summer before senior year.[/*]
[/list]
IF YOU ARE A SENIOR:
[list]
[*]Enjoy your last official holiday break![/*]
[*]Take the GRE or GMAT if you haven’t already done so, or retake it if you want to improve your score. Although you can apply to the Future Year Scholars Program with just an SAT or ACT score, employers in industries like Investment Banking and Consulting will require GRE or GMAT scores. Plus, many merit-based scholarships at Darden take these test scores into consideration![/*]
[*]Start preparing your application to a deferred MBA program (for example, the [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/admissions/apply/future-year]Future Year Scholars Program[/url] at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business!)[/*]
[*]Put together a plan for teaming up with your school’s career center this spring to hone interviewing and networking skills and learn what opportunities there are to engage with alumni at career fairs or local events. Once you have applied to a deferred enrollment MBA program, you can also leverage that program’s global alumni network.[/*]
[/list]
Reflect on your accomplishments, experiences and friendships – but don’t forget to look toward the future. The world awaits!

Join Darden Admissions on 10 December for a special webinar, Introducing the 2021 Future Year Scholars Application. We’ll share insights including:

[list]
[*]Why an MBA is a must-consider option for any major[/*]
[*]What makes Darden a unique place to spend two years earning an MBA[/*]
[*]Benefits of Darden’s Future Year Scholars Program and key program deadlines[/*]
[*]Updates to the 2021 Future Year Scholars Program application[/*]
[/list]
[url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/register/?id=2198052b-3400-45b0-a6bc-9c75719733b2]Register here[/url] for the upcoming webinar.

Be sure to consult the [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/]Latest News[/url] regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on [url=https://ideas.darden.virginia.edu/]Ideas to Action[/url]. And stay connected with us via social media: [url=https://www.facebook.com/DardenMBA]Facebook[/url], [url=https://www.instagram.com/dardenmba/]Instagram[/url], [url=https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=19605]LinkedIn[/url], [url=https://twitter.com/DardenMBA]Twitter[/url], [url=https://brand.darden.virginia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/qrcode_for_gh_23920314812f_860.jpg]WeChat[/url]
The post [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/12/04/fysp-holiday-break/]Future Year Scholars Program: How to Make the Most of Your Undergrad Holiday Break[/url] first appeared on [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/]Discover Darden[/url].
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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Getting Started With the Executive MBA Application: Our Five Best Tips
Executive MBA applicants, just like our Executive MBA students, have very busy schedules, so it’s only natural that candidates will use the upcoming winter holidays to get organized. If you are planning to dive into the Executive MBA application process over the coming weeks, we have five tried and true tips for making the most of your time.

Darden’s Executive MBA program is approaching the midpoint of the application cycle for the Class of 2023, but there is still plenty of time to hone your application to join the next Darden class. We still have seats and scholarship money available, and historically speaking, the 10 January, 10 February and 10 March deadlines are typically some of our most popular rounds.

[b]Planning to apply?[/b] Join us on Monday, 21 December, at 12:30 p.m. EST for our Executive MBA Application Planning webinar. During this informative session, Darden Admissions will share tips and insights for candidates planning to apply in 2021 — including what components of the application to prioritize over the winter holidays. [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/register/?id=deedae3c-02a0-4523-8288-8d49b4f949c1]Register for the webinar[/url]. Submit questions in advance or bring them to the live session — our goal is to help you plan for your best application!

Here are five easy steps to help you get started on your Executive MBA application this holiday season:[b][/b]

[b]1. Familiarize yourself with our application process[/b]

Executive MBA candidates often ask about our deadlines. Why so many? How do they work? Each deadline functions as an individual round within the admissions cycle for the Class of 2023, and all deadlines are focused on one enrollment date — August 2021. [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/executive-mba-formats/admissions/application-process/deadlines]Each deadline[/url] has its own target interview period, decision release date and deposit deadline.

We have monthly deadlines to offer Executive MBA candidates maximum flexibility. We know how busy our applicants are, and life occasionally happens while people are working on their application. Monthly deadlines give applicants the peace of mind to know that if they have to shift their application timing another opportunity to apply is only a few weeks away. 

[b]2. Review the application[/b][b][/b]

One of the hardest things about being an applicant is that each school you are targeting will ask something a little different from you. Sure, there are commonalities — resume, recommendations, transcripts, etc. — but there are also important differences.

With this in mind, we recommend taking a few minutes to read through our application. In this first pass, don’t worry about filling anything out. Just read. Make a list of the materials you will need in order to apply. As a next step, be sure to check out our [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/executive-mba-formats/admissions/application-process]Application Process web page[/url] for a step-by-step guide and links to helpful resources.  [b][/b]

[b]3. Review  our application resources[/b][b][/b]

Speaking of helpful resources, if you are applying to our Executive MBA program, be sure to take a pass through the [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/category/application-tips/exec-application-tips/]Executive MBA app tips section[/url] of the Discover Darden blog. From recommendations to interviews (and beyond), this blog section contains a host of insights about our Executive MBA application process. 

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of our website for more information about the structure and design of our Executive MBA program. while the [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/executive-mba-formats/admissions/faq]Admissions FAQs[/url] offer even more tips for details for applicants. We also have several application-themed episodes of our podcast, [url=https://dardenexecmbapodcast.podbean.com/]The ExecMBA Podcast[/url]. New episodes publish every Friday — add the podcast to your weekly download!

[b]4. Make your test plans[/b][b][/b]

[url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/08/11/executive-test-waivers/]We recently shared[/url] that Executive MBA candidates have two options when it comes to standardized tests: Submit a standardized test score or submit a test waiver request.

There are really two primary questions to consider as you make your test plans:

[list]
[*]Do you think you can make a strong case for a test waiver?[/*]
[/list]
We evaluate test waiver requests along with an applicant’s full application, and you will find our test waiver request in the Test Scores section of our Executive MBA application.

What kind of information is potentially relevant to our waiver request evaluation? Consider those aspects of your educational and professional background that can give us a sense of your academic readiness for Darden. This includes things like undergraduate and graduate coursework, non-degree-related coursework (i.e. Coursera, MBA Math, HBS CORe, etc.), professional certifications as well as work responsibilities.

[list]
[*]Do you think your application would benefit from having a more recent data point regarding your academic readiness?[/*]
[/list]
As you put together your application, we encourage you to think about your materials as our Admissions Committee will — holistically and objectively.

There are some candidates who may benefit from having a standardized test score. For example, if your undergraduate GPA is lower or your academic/professional background is less quantitative or analytical, a test score is one way of providing our Admissions Committee with a recent data point for your readiness for Darden’s rigorous academic experience.

For even more details about standardized test options, review our recent blog post [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/08/11/executive-test-waivers/]“Insights on Standardized Test Waiver Requests for Darden’s Executive MBA Program”[/url][b][/b]

[b]5. Contact your recommender(s)[/b]

The recommendation is typically the slowest part of the application. Why? Well, it’s the one part of the application you can’t actually complete! Applicants usually ask a supervisor, a peer, a client, etc. to take time out of their busy schedules to share their insights with our Admissions Committee.

For this reason, we typically advise [b]giving your recommender about two weeks[/b] to submit the materials, although the recommendation materials will likely take no more than 30 to 45 minutes of focused work to complete. 

The good thing to know about recommendations is that in our Executive MBA application process, only one recommendation is required, although up to three recommendations are accepted. In addition, our recommendation process is completely electronic, and it does not require your recommender to submit a formal letter.

For additional insights about recommendations, be sure to check out our recent blog post, [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/09/17/executive-mba-recommendations/]“Executive MBA Application Tips: Recommendations”[/url] 

[b]Ready to begin your application?[/b] [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/apply/]Get started today[/url]. Best of luck and happy holidays!
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FROM Darden EMBA Blog: Getting Started With the Executive MBA Application: Our Five Best Tips
Executive MBA applicants, just like our Executive MBA students, have very busy schedules, so it’s only natural that candidates will use the upcoming winter holidays to get organized. If you are planning to dive into the Executive MBA application process over the coming weeks, we have five tried and true tips for making the most of your time.

Darden’s Executive MBA program is approaching the midpoint of the application cycle for the Class of 2023, but there is still plenty of time to hone your application to join the next Darden class. We still have seats and scholarship money available, and historically speaking, the 10 January, 10 February and 10 March deadlines are typically some of our most popular rounds.

[b]Planning to apply?[/b] Join us on Monday, 21 December, at 12:30 p.m. EST for our Executive MBA Application Planning webinar. During this informative session, Darden Admissions will share tips and insights for candidates planning to apply in 2021 — including what components of the application to prioritize over the winter holidays. [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/register/?id=deedae3c-02a0-4523-8288-8d49b4f949c1]Register for the webinar[/url]. Submit questions in advance or bring them to the live session — our goal is to help you plan for your best application!

Here are five easy steps to help you get started on your Executive MBA application this holiday season:[b][/b]

[b]1. Familiarize yourself with our application process[/b]

Executive MBA candidates often ask about our deadlines. Why so many? How do they work? Each deadline functions as an individual round within the admissions cycle for the Class of 2023, and all deadlines are focused on one enrollment date — August 2021. [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/executive-mba-formats/admissions/application-process/deadlines]Each deadline[/url] has its own target interview period, decision release date and deposit deadline.

We have monthly deadlines to offer Executive MBA candidates maximum flexibility. We know how busy our applicants are, and life occasionally happens while people are working on their application. Monthly deadlines give applicants the peace of mind to know that if they have to shift their application timing another opportunity to apply is only a few weeks away. 

[b]2. Review the application[/b][b][/b]

One of the hardest things about being an applicant is that each school you are targeting will ask something a little different from you. Sure, there are commonalities — resume, recommendations, transcripts, etc. — but there are also important differences.

With this in mind, we recommend taking a few minutes to read through our application. In this first pass, don’t worry about filling anything out. Just read. Make a list of the materials you will need in order to apply. As a next step, be sure to check out our [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/executive-mba-formats/admissions/application-process]Application Process web page[/url] for a step-by-step guide and links to helpful resources.  [b][/b]

[b]3. Review  our application resources[/b][b][/b]

Speaking of helpful resources, if you are applying to our Executive MBA program, be sure to take a pass through the [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/category/application-tips/exec-application-tips/]Executive MBA app tips section[/url] of the Discover Darden blog. From recommendations to interviews (and beyond), this blog section contains a host of insights about our Executive MBA application process. 

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of our website for more information about the structure and design of our Executive MBA program. while the [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/executive-mba-formats/admissions/faq]Admissions FAQs[/url] offer even more tips for details for applicants. We also have several application-themed episodes of our podcast, [url=https://dardenexecmbapodcast.podbean.com/]The ExecMBA Podcast[/url]. New episodes publish every Friday — add the podcast to your weekly download!

[b]4. Make your test plans[/b][b][/b]

[url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/08/11/executive-test-waivers/]We recently shared[/url] that Executive MBA candidates have two options when it comes to standardized tests: Submit a standardized test score or submit a test waiver request.

There are really two primary questions to consider as you make your test plans:

[list]
[*]Do you think you can make a strong case for a test waiver?[/*]
[/list]
We evaluate test waiver requests along with an applicant’s full application, and you will find our test waiver request in the Test Scores section of our Executive MBA application.

What kind of information is potentially relevant to our waiver request evaluation? Consider those aspects of your educational and professional background that can give us a sense of your academic readiness for Darden. This includes things like undergraduate and graduate coursework, non-degree-related coursework (i.e. Coursera, MBA Math, HBS CORe, etc.), professional certifications as well as work responsibilities.

[list]
[*]Do you think your application would benefit from having a more recent data point regarding your academic readiness?[/*]
[/list]
As you put together your application, we encourage you to think about your materials as our Admissions Committee will — holistically and objectively.

There are some candidates who may benefit from having a standardized test score. For example, if your undergraduate GPA is lower or your academic/professional background is less quantitative or analytical, a test score is one way of providing our Admissions Committee with a recent data point for your readiness for Darden’s rigorous academic experience.

For even more details about standardized test options, review our recent blog post [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/08/11/executive-test-waivers/]“Insights on Standardized Test Waiver Requests for Darden’s Executive MBA Program”[/url][b][/b]

[b]5. Contact your recommender(s)[/b]

The recommendation is typically the slowest part of the application. Why? Well, it’s the one part of the application you can’t actually complete! Applicants usually ask a supervisor, a peer, a client, etc. to take time out of their busy schedules to share their insights with our Admissions Committee.

For this reason, we typically advise [b]giving your recommender about two weeks[/b] to submit the materials, although the recommendation materials will likely take no more than 30 to 45 minutes of focused work to complete. 

The good thing to know about recommendations is that in our Executive MBA application process, only one recommendation is required, although up to three recommendations are accepted. In addition, our recommendation process is completely electronic, and it does not require your recommender to submit a formal letter.

For additional insights about recommendations, be sure to check out our recent blog post, [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/09/17/executive-mba-recommendations/]“Executive MBA Application Tips: Recommendations”[/url] 

[b]Ready to begin your application?[/b] [url=https://apply.darden.virginia.edu/apply/]Get started today[/url]. Best of luck and happy holidays!
The post [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/12/07/getting-started-with-the-executive-mba-application-our-five-best-tips/]Getting Started With the Executive MBA Application: Our Five Best Tips[/url] first appeared on [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/]Discover Darden[/url].
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FROM Darden EMBA Blog: Q and A with MBA/SAIS Dual Degree Student Brandon Weber
Darden offers several [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/admissions/dual-degrees]dual-degree programs[/url] in connection with other schools at the University of Virginia. These dual-degree programs are designed to enhance the educational experience beyond what could be achieved if the two degrees were pursued independently (not to mention, in many cases, reduce the time it would take to earn both degrees separately). Second Year student Brandon Weber is a MBA/SAIS student, and he recently shared insights about his experiences as both a Darden MBA and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies student. Students admitted to both programs will be able to complete the Darden MBA and Johns Hopkins SAIS Master of Arts (MA) in three years instead of the four years it would take to earn each sequentially.

Brandon Weber (Class of 2022)
[b]Hometown:[/b] Fenton, Michigan

[img]https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/files/2020/11/Brandon-Weber-300x300.jpg[/img]
Brandon Weber (Class of 2022)
[b]Undergrad:[/b] University of Michigan

[b]Pre-Darden Professional Background: [/b]United States Navy

[b]Why Darden? Why a dual degree?[/b]

I chose Darden because of its renowned academic environment, close-knit community and the fact that Darden’s curriculum and teaching style builds global leaders that know how to tackle ambiguity with confidence. After visiting Darden and meeting the genuine people on Grounds, I knew this would be a place that would help me achieve my professional goals while building life-long relationships.

The dual-degree was important because of the area of work that I am interested in. After having internships with both the US Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Bank of New York, I knew there were areas of the financial markets that I still wanted to have work experience in. With a Darden MBA, I would develop a broader set of business skills and professional network that could help me enter the competitive field of asset management. Additionally, although SAIS does a fantastic job at providing a global macro picture of international economic relations, a Darden MBA will provide the more micro skills that complement someone with my career interest.

[b]How are the dual-degree students integrated in the main Darden cohort?[/b]

Like everyone else! There is no difference for MBA/MA dual degree students and I have been involved in everything that all of the other full-time MBA students have been involved in.

[b]How are you managing the workload? Do you feel that you are missing out on experiences from either of the program?[/b]

MBA/MA candidate at Darden and SAIS, but I am also in the first ever January cohort at Darden. Therefore, I am finishing up my last semester at SAIS this fall while trying to stay on top of all the recruiting and events going on at Darden. It has been a balance, but I do not feel that the workload has been overwhelming nor do I feel that I am missing out on experiences at either program. Darden, the student clubs and the career center have done an excellent job at keeping us informed and providing the opportunities to attend as many as events as possible. Like anything else in life, there will be times when your priorities shift and you have to decide what you are comfortable with giving up. Graduate school and the dual MBA/MA degree at SAIS is no different.

[b]How have you utilized your dual-degree and leveraged your connections at each school in your internship/job search process?[/b]

At SAIS, I was able to take advantage of doing an internship every semester to build my professional experience and expand my network. SAIS helped me obtain my internships at the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Bank of New York and I am continuing to utilize those networks as I recruit for my 2021summer internship with Darden. Especially in todays international economic environment, I think there is no better combination of a degree in international economics at SAIS and a Darden MBA that provides the flexibility to pursue broader private sector roles. As I continue to network for this upcoming summer internship, I am finding that marketing this dual degree combo is extremely compelling and a powerful strategy.

[b]If you could go back to the start of your program, what would you do differently to get the most out of your experience?[/b]

Although I have barely begun my Darden experience, I can tell it may be more important than ever to formally set time down on my calendar to reach out to people at Darden. The time commitments affiliated with the MBA life can be overwhelming, but just being able to set hard deadlines and move onto another task or priority will be crucial in obtaining the full Darden experience. The people you meet here are just as important than the courses and events that you participate in.

[b]Post-MBA career plans?[/b]

I plan to enter either Asset Management or an Investment Bank focusing on short-term fixed income or global macro strategy.

[b]Advice to prospective students considering dual-degree:[/b]

Just do it!

Be sure to consult the [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/]Latest News[/url] regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on [url=https://ideas.darden.virginia.edu/]Ideas to Action[/url]. And stay connected with us via social media: [url=https://www.facebook.com/DardenMBA]Facebook[/url], [url=https://www.instagram.com/dardenmba/]Instagram[/url], [url=https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=19605]LinkedIn[/url], [url=https://twitter.com/DardenMBA]Twitter[/url], [url=https://brand.darden.virginia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/qrcode_for_gh_23920314812f_860.jpg]WeChat[/url]
The post [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/12/08/mba-sais/]Q and A with MBA/SAIS Dual Degree Student Brandon Weber[/url] first appeared on [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/]Discover Darden[/url].
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FROM Darden Admissions Blog: Q and A with MBA/SAIS Dual Degree Student Brandon Weber
Darden offers several [url=https://www.darden.virginia.edu/mba/admissions/dual-degrees]dual-degree programs[/url] in connection with other schools at the University of Virginia. These dual-degree programs are designed to enhance the educational experience beyond what could be achieved if the two degrees were pursued independently (not to mention, in many cases, reduce the time it would take to earn both degrees separately). Second Year student Brandon Weber is a MBA/SAIS student, and he recently shared insights about his experiences as both a Darden MBA and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies student. Students admitted to both programs will be able to complete the Darden MBA and Johns Hopkins SAIS Master of Arts (MA) in three years instead of the four years it would take to earn each sequentially.

Brandon Weber (Class of 2022)
[b]Hometown:[/b] Fenton, Michigan

[img]https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/files/2020/11/Brandon-Weber-300x300.jpg[/img]
Brandon Weber (Class of 2022)
[b]Undergrad:[/b] University of Michigan

[b]Pre-Darden Professional Background: [/b]United States Navy

[b]Why Darden? Why a dual degree?[/b]

I chose Darden because of its renowned academic environment, close-knit community and the fact that Darden’s curriculum and teaching style builds global leaders that know how to tackle ambiguity with confidence. After visiting Darden and meeting the genuine people on Grounds, I knew this would be a place that would help me achieve my professional goals while building life-long relationships.

The dual-degree was important because of the area of work that I am interested in. After having internships with both the US Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Bank of New York, I knew there were areas of the financial markets that I still wanted to have work experience in. With a Darden MBA, I would develop a broader set of business skills and professional network that could help me enter the competitive field of asset management. Additionally, although SAIS does a fantastic job at providing a global macro picture of international economic relations, a Darden MBA will provide the more micro skills that complement someone with my career interest.

[b]How are the dual-degree students integrated in the main Darden cohort?[/b]

Like everyone else! There is no difference for MBA/MA dual degree students and I have been involved in everything that all of the other full-time MBA students have been involved in.

[b]How are you managing the workload? Do you feel that you are missing out on experiences from either of the program?[/b]

MBA/MA candidate at Darden and SAIS, but I am also in the first ever January cohort at Darden. Therefore, I am finishing up my last semester at SAIS this fall while trying to stay on top of all the recruiting and events going on at Darden. It has been a balance, but I do not feel that the workload has been overwhelming nor do I feel that I am missing out on experiences at either program. Darden, the student clubs and the career center have done an excellent job at keeping us informed and providing the opportunities to attend as many as events as possible. Like anything else in life, there will be times when your priorities shift and you have to decide what you are comfortable with giving up. Graduate school and the dual MBA/MA degree at SAIS is no different.

[b]How have you utilized your dual-degree and leveraged your connections at each school in your internship/job search process?[/b]

At SAIS, I was able to take advantage of doing an internship every semester to build my professional experience and expand my network. SAIS helped me obtain my internships at the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Bank of New York and I am continuing to utilize those networks as I recruit for my 2021summer internship with Darden. Especially in todays international economic environment, I think there is no better combination of a degree in international economics at SAIS and a Darden MBA that provides the flexibility to pursue broader private sector roles. As I continue to network for this upcoming summer internship, I am finding that marketing this dual degree combo is extremely compelling and a powerful strategy.

[b]If you could go back to the start of your program, what would you do differently to get the most out of your experience?[/b]

Although I have barely begun my Darden experience, I can tell it may be more important than ever to formally set time down on my calendar to reach out to people at Darden. The time commitments affiliated with the MBA life can be overwhelming, but just being able to set hard deadlines and move onto another task or priority will be crucial in obtaining the full Darden experience. The people you meet here are just as important than the courses and events that you participate in.

[b]Post-MBA career plans?[/b]

I plan to enter either Asset Management or an Investment Bank focusing on short-term fixed income or global macro strategy.

[b]Advice to prospective students considering dual-degree:[/b]

Just do it!

Be sure to consult the [url=https://news.darden.virginia.edu/]Latest News[/url] regularly for the most updated news releases and media hits. Check out faculty thought leadership published on [url=https://ideas.darden.virginia.edu/]Ideas to Action[/url]. And stay connected with us via social media: [url=https://www.facebook.com/DardenMBA]Facebook[/url], [url=https://www.instagram.com/dardenmba/]Instagram[/url], [url=https://www.linkedin.com/edu/school?id=19605]LinkedIn[/url], [url=https://twitter.com/DardenMBA]Twitter[/url], [url=https://brand.darden.virginia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/qrcode_for_gh_23920314812f_860.jpg]WeChat[/url]
The post [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/2020/12/08/mba-sais/]Q and A with MBA/SAIS Dual Degree Student Brandon Weber[/url] first appeared on [url=https://blogs.darden.virginia.edu/admissions/]Discover Darden[/url].
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