This past March, 12 students from UVA’s Darden School of Business embarked on a six-day backpacking trip in Patagonia. Professor Bobby Parmar notes that while some students were initially hesitant, by the end of the course, they were ready to “go out into business with the confidence that they can succeed in even the most uncertain and difficult circumstances.”
"Over six days, the Darden expedition backpacked through the remote Patagonia wilderness, tackling a steep mountain pass and difficult terrain all the while facing difficult conditions of snow and rain. The participants left behind their cell phones and technology and carried everything they needed for the six days on their backs.
Allison Hagaman (MBA’18) noted how her Darden experience helped her manage the group dynamics in the field. ‘It was great to see how we taught each other on the expedition in the same way that we support each other’s learning in the Darden classroom.'"