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My Shout-out (or How to be an Inside ‘Dore)


Posted by Nathan Hall on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Applications for first-year students to be Inside Dores bloggers are due today at 4:00 pm! I have few illusions that this article will be of assistance to applicants at such a late hour (if I even finish this before the deadline), but I decided this was a good occasion to write about being an undergraduate admissions blogger.

The original job description (paraphrased): Write short articles (minimum 8 per semester) describing experiences as a Vanderbilt student and answering questions that prospective students may have about going to school here. Try to include a few links per article, at least one picture, and make sure to use the “categories” and “tags” so the page is more accessible to relevant searches.

What I actually do: Write vaguely lengthy articles (as many as I can) describing whatever the heck I want. Include many links with funny captions, blurry pictures of myself or of things around me (from when I remember I have a camera), and cater to an audience made (seemingly) of my parents, friends, and Vanderbilt teachers (none of whom are applying to the school). Best job ever!

"Dear Mom - This blog is just to let you know I'm doing okay. I have a cough, but I think I'm getting over it."

Interesting Fact: Turns out when I write salient and well-planned articles (I made that plural but it’s a stretch cause I’ve totally only ever done that twice), it’s such a historic event that @VanderbiltU, the University’s Twitter account, takes notice. What’s super cool about this is not only that the University recognized me personally (for the first and last time), but also that I originally titled this article in reference to another shout-out I received yesterday from the Admissions Department! Turns out this school was looking for a blogger just like me all along.

Vanderbilt, you made the right call. (WHEN ELSE could I use this picture? Seriously.)

With all seriousness, though, I view this blog not only as an outlet for my suppressed inner writer, but as a chance to be a normal human being with quirks and frustrations – Something more genuine and easier to relate to than the smiling brochure people. I hope I can come off that way to prospective students, because, in the end, coming to school isn’t going to be perfect. College has its super-fun times, but it’s also the source of a lot of anger, hard work, and a lot of confusion. Being able to read about these experiences, I think, is more valuable than anything I can tell you about housing or food at Vanderbilt, because the school’s website covers that better than I can.

Here’s hoping you find the human connection.

Hard at work for you, reader.


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  • Ha. It’s been a dream of mine to be included in one of your rollover descriptions. Great work, as always.

  • Anonymous

    There’s a thought Ryan — do all the bloggers have twitter?u00a0 If so — we can namecheck them :) n~ Lacy

  • KH

    Heh, heh, glad you are getting over that cough.u00a0 -Momu00a0 :-)

  • Future ‘Dore

    You’re wrong about your audience! I’m a future applicant and you’re my favorite blogger (:.

  • Nathan Edward Hall

    Hahaha EXCELLENT.

  • Bestever

    I’ve been to that place before.

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