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Shing Ann Yeh

Last week, Samantha and I braved a journey filled with questioning glances, outright staring, and much laughter as we traversed across campus accompanied by our fondly inanimate friends, the swivel chairs.  How did such a bizarre occurrence come about?

Casually talking to an iPad in front of the Commons salad bar.

Our competitive spark was kindled by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions,who posed a challenge of creating an under-a-minute video for admitted students about Student Life, Academics, or Nashville.  Sam and I conceptualized our brilliant swivel chair idea and guarded our precious idea from the likes of our competitors Victoria and Nathan, whom we later discovered were submitting their awesome video to a different category.  We all became friends again, don’t worry.

So on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Sam and I, with our trusty iPad cameraman Victoria, began in Commons, where we borrowed two swivel chairs, seated ourselves in front of the salad bar, and warded off curious onlookers.  Then we took the handy elevator upstairs, parked ourselves in front of a few people who were exercising in the gym.  Next stop: Stambaugh.  The most efficient route to Stambaugh was actually not so, as it was filled with these annoying obstacles called steps.  But we made it!

We love stairs.

It was strangely nostalgic hanging around Commons, especially in Stambaugh, my old house.  Fond memories of baking in the communal kitchen, late-night heart-to-hearts over brookies with my old roomie, and group study parties in the seminar rooms barraged me as we shot our scene.

Next, we were deemed “ridiculous” in the minds of passing pedestrians as we pushed each other across the Peabody Esplanade in front of Wyatt.  That’s probably what the studious girls in Peabody Library thought too, as we spun around and high-fived in our swivel chairs against a backdrop of children’s books.  And the people in Rand who were happily munching Sunday brunch, and the people on Alumni Lawn who were strolling in the sunshine, and the invisible people in Vandy-Barnard whom we never saw.

What a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon- with two fun friends all around Vanderbilt’s vibrant campus!

Wouldn't it be nice if there were swivel chairs at the top of every ramp?


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