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Readjusting to Vandy Life

Eileen Robinson

I’m baaaaaaack! Granted, I’ve been back at Vandy for two weeks now but I forgot how busy life on campus can be. Hence, this blog post:

People keep asking me if it’s good to be back and my immediate answer is definitely yes. I appreciate the American school system so much now that I love going to classes that are only 50 minutes long and I don’t have to worry about my spelling of “depolarisation” or  “haemoglobin.” I also finally got to see new Rand, because most of the updates happened while I was gone, and I’m obsessed with Pi and Leaf now. It’s located where the old bookstore used to be and it’s basically a salad line and a pizza line (and cheesy bread!), but there are comfy booths, couches, and tables nearby so I can actually get a little bit of work done too.

The number one reason I love being back though? The campus feeling that only Vanderbilt has. Because UCL was right in the middle of a major city, the campus consisted of a buildings rather than dormitories, and the total number of undergraduates studying there was something like 25,000. Needless to say, if I ever ran into anyone I knew on campus, I was elated. But here at Vanderbilt, I don’t think I can walk to class without seeing at least three people I know…and I love it! It can seriously brighten your day if you’re feeling stressed out or maybe you’re both free and can grab lunch together. I feel like I really belong here when I run into people who want to stop and talk with me, even if it’s just about how my day is going.

As much as I’m enjoying Vandy life again, I’m also trying to adjust to the chaos that can come from it. I’m currently trying to apply to summer research programs, shadow at the Med Center, learn how to run an EEG at the research lab I joined, and help with elections at the AOII house tomorrow, since I’m taking over as Vice President of Administration in two weeks. While I may be a little busier than I was last semester, I’ve always said I hate being bored…and life at Vandy sure isn’t boring.

Reunited with my AOII family during recruitment! My little Hannah in the middle and my big Jordan on the right (fun fact: Jordan is currently VPA for AOII right so I'm following in her footsteps!)

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