Student Life: Daryn

The clubs and organisations to get involved with at the University of Virginia (UVA) are endless. With over 700 clubs and organisations, this means almost everyone is involved with one or more in some way. I’ll outline the club and organisations that I’m involved in this semester.

The Cavalier Daily

The Cavalier Daily is UVA’s student newspaper and is ranked the number 2 public college paper in the United States. I joined the Cavalier Daily Photo team which provides pictures for online and print articles. I have covered a range of assignments including taking photos of U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito at the Women’s Global Leadership Forum, a UVA Faculty Senate meeting, and a Charlottesville City Council candidate debate. The highlight for me has been taking photos from the courtside in John Paul Jones Arena, the home of UVA Basketball!

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Taking photos at John Paul Jones Arena for a UVA Women’s Basketball match

Profit with Purpose at UVA

Profit with Purpose (PwP) is a relatively new club with a focus on Impact Investing. PwP aims to “empower students to think about investing differently.” Impact Investing is a concept which aims to deliver quantifiable social or environmental impacts along with a financial return. For example, this could be through a social housing initiative or a low-cost healthcare solution. PwP members work in five sector groups which consult with a real organisation. This culminates with an investment pitch to industry experts at the end of the semester.

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PwP Investment Pitch Symposium

Virginia Case Club

Virginia Case Club (VCC), based in the McIntire School of Commerce, prepares its members to complete in business case competitions. The club runs workshops on the components of a case along with practical presentation skills. Members work in case teams during the semester and compete in local and national case competitions. If you’re interested in learning more about the case study method and consulting frameworks this is a club for you!

Outdoors at UVA

This is one of the best value clubs out there! After joining as a member, you have access to a range of outdoor trips around Charlottesville, across Virginia, and further abroad. Outdoors at UVA trip leaders plan and manage over 300 trips a year, and the club has outdoors gear such as bikes and camping equipment that members can borrow for free. So far with the club I’ve been on trips around Charlottesville and to the McAfee Knob on the Appalachian Trail.

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The view from the top of the McAfee Knob in Catawba, Virginia

HackCville

HackCville is a non-profit which aims to teach UVA students skills that aren’t found in the classroom, particularly those related to entrepreneurship. The organisation offers public events, semester-long classes on subjects such as marketing, data science, and web design, along with paid internships through the Launch Academy. Although I have been too busy to do a semester-long course, HackCville also runs startup trips which expose students to ventures in various industries. I went on the Charlottesville and New York City startup trips. They were great experiences to tour offices and learn from founders of diverse companies, not to mention the opportunity to visit New York for a weekend! I was surprised by the number of innovative startups I saw, particularly in Charlottesville, which has been named the United States’ fastest-growing venture capital city.

Some of the companies visited during the New York City Startup Trip

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New York City looking towards the Empire State Building

As I’m sure you’ve seen above, student clubs and organisations are a large part of the UVA experience, so I’d recommend exploring what’s available early in the semester!

If you have any questions feel free to email me at dgov422@aucklanduni.ac.nz, or comment below.

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