Meet Second Year Student, Sophie Nosseir!
Today on the blog, we catch up with Second Year student, Sophie Nosseir. Sophie is originally from Connecticut, and she is a double ‘Hoo, and she recently took time to reflect on her Darden experience and offer her advice for prospective students. Check out Sophie’s answers below!
How/why did you choose Darden?
I went to UVA for undergrad and already knew I would love to return to Charlottesville, but I was really attracted to Darden’s smaller program size. I wanted to be in an environment where I could quickly get to know my fellow classmates in and out of the classroom, and also have the opportunity to connect with my professors in meaningful ways. I also knew that the case method would be hugely beneficial for my learning and really force me to step outside my comfort zone while further developing my critical thinking skills.
What’s been your favorite thing about your experience so far?
The people! I have made lifelong friends here, and I feel so fortunate that Darden allowed our paths to cross. People who choose Darden are excited about engaging with others in and out of the classroom, and I am so grateful for the thought-provoking conversations I’ve had on a variety of topics with a wide range of people. My friends and peers have truly brought this experience to life for me.
What’s been the most surprising thing about your experience so far?
How truly approachable the faculty are. The incredible professors are a huge selling point for the school, and everything you hear about them during the application process is actually true. I have really enjoyed getting to know many of my professors outside of the classroom and being able to ask them for advice, both academic and non-academic, has been priceless.
What’s one thing you wish you would have known when you were a prospective student?
It’s okay if you don’t know exactly what you want to do for your summer internship or after graduating. There are so many resources to help you figure things out once you get to school, and the variety of the First Year core curriculum also helps you further solidify your professional interests.
What has being a member of GWIB meant to you during your time at Darden?
Being a member of the Graduate Women in Business (GWIB) club has provided me a number of resources and tools that have meaningfully impacted my time here: academic support, opportunities to network with alumnae, career exploration resources, social events and health and well-being activities. It’s exciting to be a part of a program that is committed to gender equality and GWIB has helped Darden make meaningful strides towards that goal.
Any advice for prospective students?
If you can, take time off between work and the start of business school. That time was invaluable to me, and I spent it traveling, relaxing, and reflecting upon my goals for the next two years.