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September, 2017


Sep. 23, 2017—Each year, more than 200 new faces enter Vanderbilt’s campus who are not freshmen. They may be sophomores, they may be juniors, or they may have yet to determine the number of semesters needed to fulfill their degree–we are the bold, the brave, the transfer students. I transferred to Vanderbilt three years ago, somewhere in...

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Discovering the Latin American Ethnobotanical Garden

Sep. 18, 2017—It’s off the beaten path, but well worth the trek. The new Latin American ethnobotanical garden, sponsored by the Vanderbilt Center for Latin American Studies, is like a time machine. Here are 50 species of plants, all except 1 (the banana from Asia) originally from Latin America. Thanks to a class I am taking this...

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That Time I Ran Across the Football Field

Sep. 8, 2017—The beginning of a new school year has always been an exciting time for me. A new school year means new classes, meeting new people, and most importantly, the beginning of football season. Now, I am not an expert on football by any means, but I know enough to honestly enjoy any game regardless of...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying about STEM and Love Liberal Arts and AXLE

Sep. 5, 2017—Freshmen moving through the motions of the annual Commons Orientation ceremonies may notice that many of their peers have chosen to pursue some STEM major, perhaps even under a pre-med track.  At many universities across the country, especially those specifically catered to STEM fields, students are capable of focusing their entire undergraduate curriculum on these...

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The Start of Sophomore Year

Sep. 4, 2017—As the semester is beginning and all the squirrels are welcoming you to campus, I am sure that the questions at the front of your mind are “How is Ashli starting off her sophomore year?” and “What is she up to this semester?” Well, to ease your obvious anxiety, here is an update on me!...

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Back in the Swing of Things

Sep. 2, 2017—We’ve only been on campus for 2 weeks, but it feels like forever. I don’t mean that as a bad thing. It’s an awesome thing to feel as if you’ve never quite left somewhere. For me, this means somewhere is like home. And definitely, coming back to Vandy as a sophomore feels like coming home,...

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