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Viruses, Space, and the Future: The College Experience

Posted by on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 in Academics, Commons, General Information, Grad School, Student Life.

Please forgive my transgression of not posting for a while. Unfortunately, sickness does not know how stressful it is to be a college student, and it struck me as virulently as I suppose it could. That was some number of days ago, and I’m just now starting to get back on track, which means spending more time posting!

From the perspective of this no-longer-sickly hermit, campus life has been quiet recently. In fact, the only exception I can think of was the Commons Ball–and what an exception it was. I was only able to take pictures toward the very beginning, what with the amazing crowd the event gathered. Though I’m a bit late in reporting this, believe me when I say it was a lovely experience, from cake to karaoke!

A starry facade for a party that was out of this world!
Scrumptious treats for sweet little college students

Perhaps it was the cosmic atmosphere or just some faulty neuron, but immediately following the night out, I started thinking critically about where my life was heading in terms of my time at Vanderbilt. That’s what people do after parties, right? They sustain internalized existential debates?

Anyway, I thought a lot about what I’ll be doing during my time here, and I thought I would put some of the research I did up here for any readers.

You see, I’m an English major, possible double major with Political Science, possible minor in Finance or Corporate Strategy, possible 4-1 program candidate, and possible teaching licensure candidate. Put frankly, I cannot do all that, so I’m going to have to pick. Here’s some information on the less-considered of those possibilities.

The Four plus One program allows a student at Vanderbilt to get both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree–in five years. This is good news for people who want to get all of their education done fast and go directly into that career field. However, it requires a lot commitment to the field. A brief investigation of that link told me that I should be ready for graduate work by the second semester of my senior year. That’s a big commitment.

Getting teacher licensure is a whole other beast, and I’m not sure I even understand it completely. Based on what my academic adviser has said told me, I’ll have better access to information once I have actually declared a major, which I anticipate I’ll do once sophomore year gets underway.

All in all, this is just a quick excavation of my future. I expect that I’ll uncover even more stuff as the days go by, but for now, I’ll have to rely on theorizing. (Oh, how will this poor mind manage?)

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