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The VU from the Commons

By fostering intellectual curiosity and holistic personal development, Gillette House provides a supportive environment for meaningful interactions and genuine friendships.”

Reflections from a Graduate HR

Emily Thompson, ’19 Vanderbilt School of Medicine, The Graduate School Welcome to Vandy, Class of 2021!! From Fall 2015 onward, I have received the phenomenal privilege of serving as Head Resident Advisor for Gillette House – an incredible honor and dream come true! A New England native, I graduated in May 2015 from the University…

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"Coming to college I was filled with anxiety about making friends and building connections with the people around me."

The Essence of The Commons

Gabi Grys, ’18 Peabody College The word tradition means “the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice.” My first year of college was marked by one tradition in particular: on Thursdays, I ate pancakes. Now this was not just a regular…

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SIFTING FOR GOLD

Hannah Waters, ’19, Peabody College I came to Vanderbilt sure as the sun that I would know my place as soon as I set foot on campus. But this feeling was far from the reality of my transition. I began the school year as a member of the Spirit of Gold Marching Band, one of the…

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“I have felt like I was drowning at exactly two points in my life.”

A MESSAGE FOR PROSPECTIVE SWIMMERS

Ryan Coyne, ’18, Peabody College, VUcept Executive Board I have felt like I was drowning at exactly two points in my life. Once, when my dad literally threw me in the deep end of the pool at the ripe age of three in an expertly concocted attempt to teach me how to swim. I don’t…

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"Tips to survive and thrive during your first year at Vanderbilt."

ZAR’S DECLASSIFIED SCHOOL SURVIVAL GUIDE

Zaria Williams, ’19, College of Arts and Science, Student VUceptor Tips to survive and thrive during your first year at Vanderbilt Tip #1: Embrace your discomfort. For my first few weeks of college, every day was filled with new people, new experiences, and new feelings. But I quickly fell into a pattern of talking to…

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Founder's Walk
Vanderbilt Commons 
East house and Gillette House
Vanderbilt University 

photo: Anne Rayner; Vanderbilt

ON BEING VUCEPTORS

Elizabeth Covington, Senior Lecturer in English, College of Arts and Science, Faculty VUceptor Working as a VUceptor is the most rewarding part of my job at Vanderbilt. When I first began, I didn’t have the first idea what to expect, and I was amazed and delighted to find myself in the heart of a close-knit…

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