In today’s post, members of the First Year Student Admissions Committee recommend their favorite spots in and around Charlottesville. Whether it’s dining out, wine tasting, attending concerts, hiking or touring historical landmarks, there is never a shortage of things to do in Charlottesville.
“My favorite bars are Michael’s Bistro, The Virginian, and SkyBar. My favorite places to grab something to eat are definitely Mas, Citizen Burger Bar, Revolutionary Soup, MotoPhoCo, and Bellair Market.”- Katie Koopman
“There is excellent Italian place at the Downtown Mall called Bella’s, or you could check out a tapas restaurant, Mas. On the other hand, a game of golf at Birdwood Golf Course is just 5 minutes from Darden.”- Djordie Minic
“One word…Wineries! (King Family, Trump, Blenheim in particular). Also, there are tons of parks for families and Carter Mountain Orchard is a great local spot right near Monticello.”- Matt Sullivan
“There are some great outdoors activities here: hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, walking the Saunders-Monticello trail, picnicking or reading in the UVa gardens. In the summer, I love to head to the Pavilion on the Downtown Mall for the weekly “Fridays After Five” free concerts.”- Colleen Arthur
“For a bite to eat, I’d recommend Citizen Burger, Positively 4th, Blue Moon Diner, or Mono Loco. For a weekend activity, my favorite thing to do is run on the Rivanna Trail and then grab a few drinks a SkyBar later that night.”- Kat Baronowski
“I like to study at Greenberry’s Café. When it comes time for brunch, check out Blue Grass Grill or West Main. And, as a former New Yorker, I like to admire my closet space.”- Angie Alam
“Check out Taste of China for some authentic Chinese food. I love to go apple picking, too.”- Yue Zhu
“Grabbing lunch or dinner with friends at Feast, Continental Divide or Ten is one of my favorite things to do.”- Allie Czerepak
“I have to go with the food: Feast Market, Revolution Soup, Positively 4th, Ivy Inn, Ace Biscuit and Barbeque, Belmont BBQ.”- Jon Payne
“I love close/quick hikes at Ivy Creek Natural Area, hitting up Cville Coffee, getting Arch’s gooey brownie froyo topping, visiting Castle Hill for some hard cider, and learning some history at Monticello. For places to eat, definitely check out THE FLAT!!! (crepe shack on the Downtown Mall), The Virginian (mac and cheese!), Boylan and Citizen Burger (homemade veggie burgers!), and The Southern (live music).”- Genie Ko
“Taking advantage of living in central Virginia: Carter Mountain Orchard, Skyline Drive, and Blue Ridge Mountains hiking.”- Scott Poitevent
“Go eat at Royal Indian. It is the best Indian food I’ve eaten in the US and I’ve lived here for 9 years and tried more than 100 Indian restaurants.”- Rohan Poojara
This Thursday, 11 April, is the grand opening of the W.L. Lyons Brown III Innovation Laboratory (i.Lab) expansion. The original i.Lab, launched in 2010, is expanding to include a state-of-the-art incubator that will be open to qualified University of Virginia (U.Va.) and local community start-ups and will service as an entrepreneurial hub for the University and the Charlottesville community.
Part of the opening festivities will include a “U.Pitch. C’ville Decides.” competition, co-hosted by the Batten Institute at the Darden School of Businessand the Tom-Tom Founders Festival — an annual festival in and around the historic Downtown Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia with the mission to catalyze innovation by converging music, art, design and technology to connect people and new ideas for the future. The Batten Institute will award $10,000 in total to the competition’s top three winners, who will be selected by event attendees. The “U.Pitch. C’ville Decides.” competition winner will also receive the option to be admitted into the newly expanded i.Lab Incubator program.
Thursday’s events include a welcome from U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan and Dean of the Darden School Robert F. Bruner, an innovation challenge workshop led by Darden Professors Jeanne Liedtka and Bobby Parmar, elevator pitches by six admitted i.Lab incubator companies, and voting for the “U.Pitch. C’ville Decides.” competition.
Charlottesville has been named in the top 50 places in the country to launch a small business by Money Magazine.
This spring, prospective students are invited to visit a class at Darden. During a class visit, you will have the opportunity to see the case method in action, lunch with current Darden students, meet with faculty and staff and tour the Darden Grounds.
Class visits begin on 9 April. If you are applying to Round 3 and are invited for an interview, you will have the chance to sign up for a class visit when you schedule your interview. We recommend that all Round 3 applicants wait and see if they are invited for an interview before scheduling a class visit. Please note that there are no Friday classes.
Life at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business is full of classes, club events, learning team sessions, job searches and social events. With so many opportunities, each student experiences Darden in a unique way. We invite you to learn more about Darden by reading the stories of some of our current students.
Here are some of our favorite posts from this year’s Darden Student Bloggers:
Last week, Darden released the first batch of interview invitations for Round 2 applicants. We will continue releasing invitations to interview until the decision release date on 20 March 2013. Please note that interview invitations are extended on a rolling basis and the order in which you are invited is not a reflection on your application.
Throughout the fall, there are numerous opportunities for Darden students to meet and network with recruiters from a variety of companies across the world. One such opportunity includes Career Club Conferences, which are held across several Fridays throughout the year. At these conferences, Darden students learn about career opportunities in the featured functional area, participate in Q&A sessions with recruiters and alumni and attend a networking cocktail hour and dinner with company representatives.
Prospective students may attend a portion of the Marketing Forum, as well as the upcoming Finance Conference and Darden Entrepreneurship Conference. In addition, you may participate in an Admissions Q&A session and tour the Darden Grounds.
Last month, we featured a post written by Rohit Gupta, MBA Class of 2013, describing his experiences with the Darden faculty. In the next part of his “Why Darden” blog series, Rohit shares a variety of perspectives, which include blog posts by three students who are new to the city, an article by Forbes magazine declaring the University of Virginia as one of the most beautiful campuses in America and a recent survey of Darden students documenting their favorite things about Charlottesville.