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By UVA - Darden September 3, 2013 Leave a Comment

Last month, Dean Robert F. Bruner welcomed the Class of 2015 to Darden with some helpful advice on learning through self-discovery. Below are a few quotes from his remarks:

“Learning takes place when you find out for yourself. Professors are there to question, challenge, nudge, probe, and excite you. When a student asked Socrates a question, Socrates usually replied with a question. Darden’s professors are likely to do so too. This will frustrate you; it will exhaust you; and it will stretch you. All of this is strengthening you for your unique destiny.”

“Learning at Darden isn’t a solo experience. If you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask another student. And if you have mastered a subject, go out of your way to help others. Being present and engaging one another means doing your assignments not just for yourself but for the sake of your learning team; it means coming to class prepared and participating in discussions; it means supporting the Honor Code, being active in clubs, and lending leadership when our community needs it.”

“Darden is not an ivory tower, an isolated academic world. We actively engage the profession of business; you will interact with our alums; we bring thousands of executives to grounds here each year; we immerse you in interactions with companies and executives. Darden is part of one of the great research universities of the world. And we live in one of the most desirable cities.”

In addition to encouraging students to learn through self-discovery, Dean Bruner also shared words of wisdom on the importance of:

  • Trusting the process
  • Being present
  • Embracing diversity
  • Working with Honor
  • Living the brand

Read all of Dean Bruner’s welcome speech to the Darden First Year class on his blog.

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