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Calling the ‘dores


Rachael Grenfell-Dexter

Ramen noodles, coupons, and two-for-one deals are just some of the details included in my mother’s description of her college-life budget. My Vanderbilt experience is a world away from her studies in Brazil, but it is a universal fact that every college student has to learn how to cope in their stricter financial circumstances.

The logical thing to do is to get a job, if your busy schedule can afford it. Vanderbilt has a world of opportunity: you can participate in undergraduate research (in biology, psychology, nutrition, and more!), work in the cafeteria, bookstore, library, Children’s Hospital…you name it! At the beginning of every school year, there is a job fair detailing the different on-campus employment options for anyone interested. But, if you miss it, you can always look at the recent job postings on Vanderbilt’s hireadore website.

This semester I am working at the Commodore Calling Center for Vanderbilt. I phone alumni, update them about the new events on campus, and raising funds for Vanderbilt’s Annual Fund. It is probably not the ‘easiest’ job on campus, but I would contest that it is one of the most rewarding! I have been able to speak with a number of alumni who completed the advanced nursing program I am pursuing at Vanderbilt. In my calls with them, I can hear their passion and enthusiasm for their Vanderbilt education. It is encouraging to hear about their love for the university and how their degree equipped them the skills necessary to go far in their fields. I have enjoyed listening to their stories, and have gained so much knowledge from their advice and encouragement….and…I get paid for it!


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