This year, I have had the privilege of serving as one of the Co-Chairs of the Tutoring Program. The Tutoring Program is a student-led program where second year students work to support the core curriculum by reviewing conceptual frameworks and fundamental mechanics as well as providing an intimate forum to ask questions.
While working with the Tutoring Program this year, I have come to see it as a really great example of the strength of the Darden community. One of the reasons I was attracted to Darden was because of its close community. When I was looking at MBA programs and talking with current students, everyone I spoke with at Darden talked about its collaborative community. (Seriously, when I asked students what made Darden unique, 100% of them mentioned the community fostered at Darden). As a second-year at Darden, I see why this universally discussed. There are myriad events that illustrate the strength of the Darden community, and I’ve come to realize that the Tutoring Program is another great example.
This year, the Tutoring Program has roughly 70 tutors who have signed up to volunteer as tutors. To put it into perspective, that’s approximately 20% of the second year class volunteering their time to sit down with first years to clarify course material. Perhaps more important than the sheer quantity of students supporting the academic success of the first year students is the attitude of the second years. Many of the second year tutors have approached me to indicate their willingness to be more involved in tutoring.
The strong Tutoring Program is just one of many ways in which the second years are actively engaged to foster a strong community between the two classes. I guess the motto is No Darden Student Left Behind.