Senior Week: The Vanderbilt I know
Allow me this interlude . . . The week is senior week here at Vanderbilt. Commencement activities start winding up on Wednesday, which by the way you can follow on Twitter. There’s a story unfolding at this year’s graduation that reminds me why I love this time of year, and why Vandy is a special place to me.
It is an annual debate I hold with myself: which season is greater, Fall or Spring. Across the world, Fall takes no more majestic shape than on a college campus. While the rest of the world finds autumn as a winding down of the year, at college, it is a starting up of the academic season.
Spring is the true time of renewal, of new green leaves and fresh sprung flowers. Here, it is the time of commencement, a going forth into the world. As many of you know, I have been at Vanderbilt going on three years now and have fallen in love with its charm. This week I have come across a story of a graduating senior that seems to encapsulate why I think Vandy is such a unique place. It’s the story of graduating senior Kelly Finan, and her long and inspirational path to this week’s commencement. It represents the Vanderbilt I have come to know and is well worth the time to read it.
Congratulations to Kelly and all graduating seniors on your own accomplishments going forth from Vanderbilt.