Inside 'Dores

Home » Academics » Why Vanderbilt: A Musician’s Perspective, Part 2

Why Vanderbilt: A Musician’s Perspective, Part 2

Shing Ann Yeh

Last time, I left you with a cliffhanger.  Why did I choose Vanderbilt over a conservatory?

Let’s rewind a tiny bit to how I first heard about Vanderbilt.  I did not even know of its existence until my friend A., who was a year older than me and had matriculated at Vanderbilt, excitedly encouraged me to apply.  He had been my stand-partner in orchestra, fellow Humanities-taker, and good friend in high school, so of course I took his advice.  Essentially on this whim, I applied to Vanderbilt, which conveniently did not have a supplement to their Common App.

Last winter, the Vanderbilt Orchestra went to China. We cellists are hanging out on the Great Wall! Me on the left, M. in the center, and A. on the right!

After acceptance, which is another whopping story which I’ll dive into at a later point in time, and waiting pretty much up until the last day or second-to-last day where you had to make a decision about where to go to school, I opted for Vanderbilt.  I’ll let you in on why and if my opinion has changed since coming.

Then: I wanted to be able to start large and then narrow my interests.  My senior year of high school, I knew that I was never going to give up playing the cello, but I didn’t know whether I wanted to invest my life solely into music-making. Therefore, matriculating at a liberal arts college would allow me to take classes to appease my spectrum of intellectual interests while still pouring into the music portion.  If I hadn’t chosen this wider route, I would have already committed myself to a one-track music route.
Now: I want to be a musician.   No, I don’t regret that I chose to come to a fantastic liberal arts college first; it gave, and continues to give, me a comprehensive perspective on why I believe in the classical music world and places in me a more ardent passion for cello performance.

I love our studio right now. Wang kids, woot!

Then: I thought I was going to enroll in the Blair-to-Owen program.  It is actually really an incredible achievement if you go all the way through this rather new program, where you can earn your BA and MBA in a 3+2 program.  You would spend three and a half years as an undergraduate in the Blair School of Music while taking economics classes, then take your GRE, apply to the Owen School of Management, and finally enroll in that graduate school for a year and a half.
Now: Economics is definitely not my forte.  Dreading those classes and finding absolutely no appeal in that subject area definitely helped me to hone my skill set.  I found so much more fulfillment in the Human and Organizational Development Track, in the people portion of the managerial track.  These studies in HOD will definitely be applicable in arts management positions.

Then: Vanderbilt is beautiful.  The campus and all its architecture are amazing.  Everything is coated with a layer of colorful leaves right now, which certainly makes  especially right now in the fall with all the fallen leaves. This is getting much too sappy.
Now: It’s still gorgeous.  End of story.  I even blogged about it.

We get to walk to class under trees like this. I can't even.

Then: There are students here who didn’t want to leave home to go so far away to Nashville.  I was not one of them.  I couldn’t wait to graduate from my house to someone different.  Nashville, over 700 miles away from Baltimore according to Google Maps, seemed to be a great place to start fresh.
Now: Nashville is an incredible city, and is even ranked one of the most up and coming places to live.

Then and Now: Financial aid. One of the biggest deciding factors for me to come to Vanderbilt was their ability to unburden my family from loans. They went above and beyond to provide the assistance necessary for me to matriculate here, and continue to meet the need. Thank you for blessing me in this capacity and taking away the worry of debt!

We made this amazing "Why We Love Vandy" video last year that didn't get chosen but that's okay. This was one of our favorite scenes.

Back Home   

we're talking about

a cappella a-capella Abroad Academics acceptance activities admissions admissions office advice alpha chi omega Alternative Spring Break Alumni alumni hall Alumni Lawn anchor down AOII Applications applying to college Art ASB athenian sing Athletics AXLE AXLE requirements backpacking Baking balance basketball BCM belcourt Belcourt Theater bid day Big Brothers Big Sisters Bike biology biomedical engineering birthday Blair Blair School of Music blog Blogging Bluebird Cafe BME Bolivia Books Branscomb break Breakfast brevard Bridgestone arena British broadway busy BYX Cafe Coco Café con Leche caitlyn's catch-ups California camping campus campus dining catch-up chronicles cello Centennial Park Central Library CFHI Chancellor's Scholars Chicago child development children China choosing a major choosing Vanderbilt christian christmas Circuits class Class of 2016 Class of 2017 class of 2018 class of 2019 class of 2020 Classes Club Soccer Club Sports Clubs coffee Cognitive Studies College College Halls College Life college of arts and science college sports Commencement Commodore Card Commodore Cruise Commodore Quake commodores commons Commons Ball Commons Center Commons Cup Commons Dining Commons Mix Up Commons Seminar community Community service competition Computer Science concert Concerts Cooking Corporate Strategy Country Music creative writing Culture dance Dance Marathon dancing date party dean wcislo decisions derby days Dessert Dining Dinner disney Diversity diwali Dorm Rooms dorms downtown downtown nashville Early Decision East Nashville Economics ed sheeran Edinburgh education End of Semester end of the semester engineering English exam exams exercise exploring Extracurriculars fall Fall Break family family weekend Festival fido finals finals week financial aid first semester First Year five days of harry Florida food football founder's walk franklin fraternity free food french freshman Freshman Life Freshman Year Freshmen friends fun GEO global education office goals graduate school graduation Greek Life Grins guatemala HAC Halloween happiest students Harry Potter health Health Care High school highland quad hiking hillsboro Hillsboro Village hockey HOD holiday holidays home homecoming Homework honors seminar Housing houston how to study for finals Human and Organizational Development ice Ice Cream IFSA-Butler Inside Dores International International Student internship internships Interviews Intramurals james franklin Jeni's job Jobs Kappa Kappa Gamma Kentucky kissam Kitchen Laundry leadership Libraries library list London major making friends managerial studies marketing Masala-SACE math Mayfield Maymester MCAT meal plan Mechanical Engineering Mechatronics medical school medicine Megabus mellow mushroom melodores Memorial House memories MHS Midterms MOSAIC Move Crew Move-In movies Munchie Mart Music Music City Music on Campus Nashville Nashville Predators Nashville sports Nashville Symphony Nationals nature neuroscience new semester new york city NYC OACS off campus Office of Active Citizenship and Service on campus events on-campus opportunities Orchestra organizations orientation original cast Outdoors Packing pancake pantry Pancakes panhellenic recruitment parent's weekend Parking PCC Peabody performance Performances performing arts Phi Lamb philanthropy philosophy physics poetry Poland Political Science practicum pre-med procrastination professor professors questions rand Reading Rec Center recruitment redpepper Reflection Registration relaxing Religious Life research restaurant retreat Rites of Spring Rome roommate ROTC Running rush ryman Schedule School school spirit Scotland season sec Semester senior Senior Year Service shadow shakespeare shopping sick sigma phi lambda sleep snow snow day soccer social life sororities sorority South Africa Spanish speakers SPEAR sports Spring Spring Break Spring Semester squirrels Stambaugh Stevenson Stevenson Center stress student health Student Life student organizations Student Orgs Study Study Abroad Study Break studying Summer Summer Break Sustainability Sweet Cece's Swing Dancing Switzerland tailgating Taste of Nashville Taylor Swift teaching Tennessee Tests Textbooks thanksgiving Thanksgiving Break The Music Group The Pub The Vanderbilt Hustler theatre Time time management tour tour guide towers tpac training transfer transfer students travel trees tutoring ultimate frisbee undergraduate research university catholic University College London University of Edinburgh vacation Valentine's Day Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Admissions vanderbilt athletics vanderbilt football vanderbilt medical center Vanderbilt Programming Board vanderbilt student government Vanderbilt University Theatre Vanderbilt Visions vanderbubble Vandy Vandy Bubble Vegetarian Victory Victory A cappella VIDA Visions visiting home volunteer Volunteering VPB vsg VSVS VUcept VUceptor VUT Weather weekend Weekends Why Vanderbilt Wilderness Skills WilSkills win winning winter winter break work Writing YES Zanzibar


Recent Posts

  • cope 1 The Road to Copenhagen » 10.21.16
  • Ah yes, the classic celebrity ambush selfie, my favorite A Variety of Speakers » 10.16.16
  • They play the music, I do the PR, now we just need a manager! Welcome to the Mayborhood » 10.16.16
  • Screen Shot 2016-10-16 at 10.41.30 PM The Vanderbilt Balancing Act » 10.16.16
  • Look at them, all blocked together beautifully, what a schedule. Classes Classes Classes » 10.15.16

Browse by Month