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A Letter to Freshman Year Me

May. 13, 2018—Dear Freshman Ashli, At this point, you are about to graduate high school and spend your entire summer wondering about all the mysteries of college. Knowing myself, you are also questioning what your life at Vanderbilt will be like for the next four years. As a now rising college junior, I have learned numerous life...

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Anchors Aweigh!

Apr. 30, 2018—This is it — my LAST Inside ‘Dores post! Aghhhh! Blogging for Inside ‘Dores is one of the highlights of my Vanderbilt journey. I voraciously read Inside ‘Dores the summer before I came to Vanderbilt, and now when I see emails from applicants and future Vanderbilt students who tell me they’ve read my posts and...

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A Peek Into The Commons Experience

Apr. 9, 2018—The most important part of your college experience isn’t getting all A’s on all of your assignments or getting involved in every single club your school has to offer, but is finding your home and feeling comfortable on your campus. Vanderbilt strives to make this process as easy as possible for first-year students, as the...

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What It’s Like to Work on Campus

Feb. 28, 2018—Most people who know me well know will tell you that I work in a “nut lab” here at Vanderbilt. This is the colloquial name we have given to the research core in the medical center where I have spent several hours a week since arriving to campus. The reason we call it the nut...

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Tracking Down Summer Internships

Feb. 7, 2018—As if being in college, attending classes, and involving oneself in extracurricular activities weren’t enough, another major component of the undergraduate experience at Vanderbilt is finding productive ways to spend one’s time during the summer. This is something that has been on my mind a lot lately, as pre-medical students generally find internships or research...

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Spring Semester at Vanderbilt

Jan. 15, 2018—Spring at Vanderbilt is one of my favorite things. The campus blossoms with flowers, each day gets a little warmer, and, most of all, there are so many fun events on campus and in Nashville. I wanted to make a little post about what I’m looking forward to the most this spring because it is...

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Something(s) Good (The 3rd Thing I learned Sophomore Year)

Dec. 31, 2017—Research, Academics, Leadership, Friends, Family - five areas of my life where so much good has come!

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How to Find a Roommate 101

Dec. 21, 2017—If you know me, you probably know that my roommate and I are attached at the hip. We’re always laughing together, and we just get each other. I thank the universe all the time to have blessed me with a roommate who is one of my closest friends. I know a lot of incoming freshmen...

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Hi, What’s Your Name?: Be Welcoming (The 6th Thing I learned Sophomore Year)

Dec. 18, 2017—It's definitely a fact of life that freshman can be awkward, but they're also so special! Conversation tips here! :)

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Fake it, Sometimes: Authentic Friendships (The 8th Thing I learned Sophomore Year)

Dec. 18, 2017—Real friendships are based on sacrifice, a lot of times when you don't feel like it, and I am so glad to have found those at Vanderbilt!

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