Experience Darden
Experience Darden #91: Alex May, MBA Class of 2021 and VP for Darden Cup

Experience Darden #91: Alex May, MBA Class of 2021 and VP for Darden Cup

January 15, 2021

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Alex May. Alex is a second year student in our Full-Time MBA Class of 2021, and he is also VP for Darden Cup, Darden’s annual section-wide competition featuring extracurricular, athletic and artistic events. We recently connected with Alex via Zoom to talk with him about his MBA journey and how Darden Cup has adapted and adjusted in response to COVID-19 and the University’s health and safety guidelines.

Experience Darden #90: Debbie Wilson, Staff Psychologist at the UVA Darden School of Business

Experience Darden #90: Debbie Wilson, Staff Psychologist at the UVA Darden School of Business

January 11, 2021

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Debbie Wilson. Debbie is the Staff Psychologist at the Darden School of Business, and we recently connected with her to talk about students’ adjustment to life at Darden. During this wide-ranging conversation, Debbie shares a host of insights and tips for incoming students, including self-care strategies, how to prepare for the start of school and much more.

Experience Darden #89: Fall Semester Special with Senior Associate Deans Tom Steenburgh and Yael Grushka-Cockayne

Experience Darden #89: Fall Semester Special with Senior Associate Deans Tom Steenburgh and Yael Grushka-Cockayne

December 18, 2020

In this special episode of the podcast, we catch up with Senior Associate Deans Tom Steenburgh and Yael Grushka-Cockayne. Tom and Yael are repeat guests on our Admissions podcasts, and we welcomed them back to talk about the fall semester and how Darden’s MBA programs – both Full-Time MBA and Executive MBA – adapted to the evolving COVID-19 landscape. During this wide-ranging conversation, Tom and Yael also share insights about the principles guiding the School’s planning efforts for the months ahead. 

Experience Darden #88: Andrew Kalna and Jeremy Rosenthal, Student Admissions Committee Members in the MBA Class of 2021

Experience Darden #88: Andrew Kalna and Jeremy Rosenthal, Student Admissions Committee Members in the MBA Class of 2021

December 14, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with two members of the Student Admissions Committee (SAC), Andrew Kalna and Jeremy Rosenthal Andrew and Jeremy are both second year students in our Full-Time MBA Class of 2021, and we recently connected with them to talk about their respective MBA journeys, what led them to Darden as well as their best tips for Darden applicants.

Experience Darden #87: Jeff McNish, Assistant Dean, Career Center and Casey Floyd, Director for Employer Engagement

Experience Darden #87: Jeff McNish, Assistant Dean, Career Center and Casey Floyd, Director for Employer Engagement

December 11, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Jeff McNish, Assistant Dean, Career Center and Casey Floyd, Director for Employer Engagement. Casey and Jeff have both been on the podcast previously, and we recently connected with them via Zoom to talk about Darden’s approach to career support, what they love about the work they do, what recruiting looked like this fall and more.

Experience Darden #86: Rachel Barnes, JD/MBA Dual Degree Student in Darden’s MBA Class of 2021

Experience Darden #86: Rachel Barnes, JD/MBA Dual Degree Student in Darden’s MBA Class of 2021

December 4, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Rachel Barnes. Rachel is a JD/MBA student in our Full-Time MBA Class of 2021, and we recently connected with her via Zoom to talk more about her background, why she decided to pursue a dual degree, how she has balanced the demands of both law school and business school and much more!

Experience Darden #85: Zakiah Pierre, Associate Director in the Office of Student Affairs

Experience Darden #85: Zakiah Pierre, Associate Director in the Office of Student Affairs

November 20, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Zakiah Pierre. Zakiah is an Associate Director in Darden’s Office of Student Affairs (OSA), and she works closely with Darden’s student clubs and organizations. We recently connected with her via Zoom to talk more about her background, what brought her to Darden, how student clubs and organizations are staying active and engaged during COVID-19 and much more.

Experience Darden #84: Sammi Zhang, MBA Class of 2021 and President of the Asia Business Club at Darden

Experience Darden #84: Sammi Zhang, MBA Class of 2021 and President of the Asia Business Club at Darden

November 13, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Sammi Zhang. Sammi is a second year student in our Full-Time MBA Class of 2021, and she is also the President of the Asia Business Club at Darden (ABCD). We recently connected with Sammi via Zoom to talk about her background, what led her to Darden, how things are going during the COVID-19 pandemic, her advice for prospective students and much more. Fun fact: Sammi was in China when we recorded this conversation, and she was kind enough to stay up to midnight for this interview!

Experience Darden #83: Emily Kelly, MBA Class of 2021 and President of the Black Business Students Association

Experience Darden #83: Emily Kelly, MBA Class of 2021 and President of the Black Business Students Association

November 6, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Emily Kelly. Emily is a second year student in our Full-Time MBA Class of 2021, and she is also President of the Black Business Students Association (BBSA). We recently connected with Emily via Zoom to talk more about her background, how she decide to pursue an MBA, what BBSA has been up to this year and much more

Experience Darden #82: Mark Delaney, MBA Class of 2022 and Host of the Veteran (Semi) Professional Podcast

Experience Darden #82: Mark Delaney, MBA Class of 2022 and Host of the Veteran (Semi) Professional Podcast

October 30, 2020

In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Mark Delaney. Mark is a first year student in our Full-Time MBA Class of 2022, and he is also a former military officer. We recently connected via Zoom to talk about his decision to pursue an MBA, what brought him to Darden, how his first semester is going as well as his advice for transitioning military members. Mark also hosts his own podcast – The Veteran (Semi) Professional Podcast – and he was kind enough to give us a sneak preview of a few upcoming episodes.  

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