Meet the ‘Real Humans’ of UVA Darden’s Class of 2022

By Dave Hendrick

A true community of mutual support and care. Professors that go beyond every day. The opportunity for remarkable personal and professional growth.

Those were some of the early impressions of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business from five Class of 2022 students profiled in Clear Admit’s recent “Real Humans of UVA Darden’s MBA Class of 2022” feature.

The MBA-focused publication interviewed students from a variety of backgrounds, including a U.S. Army veteran turned JP Morgan employee; one of the first Future Year Scholars to matriculate at Darden, digital advertising expert with a goal of working in venture capital; an operations enthusiast with an interest in research and teaching; and a consultant who hopes Darden is a springboard to eventually leading an organization.

The former consultant, DeMario Moore, said he ultimately chose Darden for what he described as the three key reasons of “career, class size and experiential learning.” Moore said his early experiences have been positive.

What is your initial impression of UVA Darden’s students/culture/community? 
I’ve lived in Charlottesville for 3.5 months and I am overjoyed by the abundance of support I’ve received from faculty, students, and the broader UVA community. Servant leadership is built into Darden’s culture and I can count on this community to uplift me. This is extremely important when juggling classes and recruiting. My jam-packed weeks are usually balanced with extracurricular activities, such as my section mate’s popup tasting for a new coffee kombucha venture.

One thing you have learned about UVA Darden that has surprised you?
I was really surprised by Darden’s strong commitment to reducing the barriers students face when building connections with one another. This became evident to me when I sat in on my first “Darden Stories” session during orientation week and learned about Humans of Darden, an initiative focused on leveraging vulnerability to build deeper, genuine relationships amongst students. Witnessing my cohort courageously share their personal stories in a safe space was truly inspiring.

Read the full article.

Read Poets & Quants recent profile of the Class of 2022.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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