Inside 'Dores

Home » Academics » Roaming the World

Roaming the World

Shing Ann Yeh

We hereby graduated all the seniors on Friday and sent them off to change the world and make Vanderbilt proud.  We might have shed a year or two seeing them all grown up.  I am certainly not ready for those farewells yet, but I too am going off into the world!  This suitcase-living summer is going to be packed with travels to Switzerland, Texas, Ohio, and Maryland, and then back to school we go!

My friend C. was so happy that he skipped across the stage at graduation.

I started this post while sitting in an airport in Montreal, bemusedly watching the baggage carriers speed around their little trucks as huge Air Canada planes fly off the runway.  I was on my way to Geneva, the first of three locations we’ll be visiting for the Maymester class ENGL 288: International Health, Social Justice, and Romantic Poetry in the Swiss and French Alps.  This Maymester caught my eye for a few reasons.  Firstly, program is perfectly matched to everything I’m studying.  Community Leadership and Development is the chosen track for my HOD minor, so witnessing this social justice work on an international scale is quite fascinating.  In addition, the literature of the nineteenth century heavily influenced Robert Schumann, whose Cello Concerto I’m working on for graduate school auditions in the fall.  Case in point.  Also, this is Switzerland.  A lover of nature, good food, travel, culture, chocolate, and cheese, I was considering the possibility of shredding my return ticket.

We found each other in the Nashville airport. She was wearing a Vanderbilt sweatshirt, so I was like, "HEY! Are you in the Switzerland Maymester?" We became fast friends.

The one drawback to this trip is that my faithful travel companion Dmitri couldn’t come along.  This will have been the longest I will be away from him, but we’ll reunite in Nashville in late May, as I’ll come back to celebrate my friend A.’s wedding.  Afterwards, we’ll board the Greyhound together and ride our way to Houston, where we’ll have baking adventures with my sister T. and teach some Vacation Bible School.

This is our view from the hotel. I am jealous of myself for this view. Today, we learned about the history of the Red Cross by walking in the Old Town, stopped outside of the Reformation Museum which hosts all the Protestant Reformation history I'll ever try to know, feasted on fondue and raclette at this beautiful cafe, and started to get to know this gorgeous town.

In late June, we’ll depart from the humidity and heat of Houston and travel north to Ohio, where Dmitri and I will spend five weeks at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival.  Four years ago, we came to this festival, and basically, it changed the course of our musical lives. We were engrafted with a sense of hope  that we could make it as musicians.  We’ll play a whole lot of amazing chamber music, work with members of the Cleveland Orchestra, and play a side-by-side concert at the Blossom Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra!

My excitement for this summer cannot be quenched.  Currently, it is 4 AM in Geneva, and I just did a million crunches to try and tire myself out to go back to sleep.  But I’m much too giddy for our day tomorrow!  We’re visiting CERN, the proton-accelerator for particle physics, and UNESCO, where we’ll be some of the first American students in a while to visit this incredible organization!

We are surrounded by mountains and I cannot handle it. I think every other sentence that comes out of my mouth is, "This place is too beautiful." Also, the water here is literally blue and incredibly clear. Wow. I just breathed a sigh of contentment.

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 bible study 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 Flying 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 lights on the lawn 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 Gym 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 SACE 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 stress relief 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 venue 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

  • One of my favorite part of Chirstmas! Favorite Off Campus Study Breaks » 12.1.16
  • Bhangra Black! Diwali 2016 » 11.23.16
  • 15027750_10154081430113733_3976135539806169593_n Gift-Giving at Vandy » 11.21.16
  • My friend Kayla and I ready for Move Crew 2016! Will I Be Eating Tofurky? » 11.21.16
  • One of the many gems from the "Jubilee" GroupMe Sophie Druffner: My Life in GroupMe » 11.21.16

Browse by Month