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Research Updates

Oct. 20, 2019—A cornerstone of my college career has been doing research in the Affective Neuroscience Laboratory here at Vanderbilt. I primarily do statistics research related to behavioral and neuroimaging data in the lab, and have come a long way since my first semester there my sophomore year. I began my research working with data from the...

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My Med School Application Timeline

Oct. 6, 2019—Hello again! As my first semester of senior year gets into full swing, the next phase of my life is definitely weighing on my mind. As many of you know, I am in the process of applying to medical school, so I thought I’d share a little about the process as I’m going through it....

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My Junior Year Living Experience

Sep. 23, 2019—“I have 9 roommates, 5 of which are guys.” Most students at other campuses are very surprised to hear the statement above but at Vanderbilt, this is a unique living option for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. I live in a Mayfield, which is a small lodge with 2 floors, 1 kitchen, and a common space....

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How I Prepped for the MCAT as a Vanderbilt Student

Apr. 8, 2019—Being a college student means that life can often seem hectic. Between classes, extracurricular commitments, and friends, these four years take balance and a whole lot of time management. As a junior, one other thing was added to my already-busy load at Vanderbilt: studying for the MCAT. So, I thought I’d share what that process...

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The Truth About the All Nighter

Feb. 9, 2019—It’s no secret that in college there will be plenty of late nights spent writing papers, finishing problem sets, or studying for a big exam. Sometimes, it’s easy to get lost in the chaos and the stress, and before you know it, it’s 6:30 in the morning and you have to be up soon to...

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Shadowing 101

Jan. 28, 2019—A big part of being a pre-med student is seeking out opportunities to learn about the field outside of the classroom. One of the best ways to do this is through shadowing physicians. Shadowing entails following a physician around over the course of a regular work day, and seeing what their career looks like up...

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Resources for Health and Wellbeing at Vanderbilt

Apr. 9, 2018—College is full of wonderful opportunities and activities with which students can get involved. However, during the four years of any undergraduate experience, there will undoubtedly be days when you get sick, are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, or simply need to take a break from the bustle of classes and organizations. Luckily, Vanderbilt offers a...

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Global Health Case Competition

Mar. 23, 2018—This year I joined the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health’s Student Advisory Council (VIGH SAC) and have been working on the Global Health Case Competition team. The VIGH SAC is a partnership between undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals in global health working together to promote knowledge about global health on campus and share resources. I...

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Traveling Alone Part I (The 2nd Thing I learned Sophomore Year)

Dec. 31, 2017—The first part of a two-part blog on traveling alone on a service-learning trip through the Nichols Humanitarian Fund, a trip I took in May 2017. As always, I’d love to get an email from you! My email is sophia.druffner@vanderbilt.edu, and if you want to check out my other blog posts on sophomore and junior...

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Math Secrets

Jun. 23, 2017—For the math major and the guy who hates math. Everything you need to know from the master herself.

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