First Day of School
School is now in session! Today marks the first day of classes for Vanderbilt student. Campus was quiet and pastoral all summer; it’s wonderful to have this infusion of energy in town. Throughout the summer I told visiting families to come back for a visit this fall. So sign up for visit programs now! They fill up fast. If you have the opportunity to spend a Saturday here and attend a football game, do it! Sitting through an admissions information session can only get you so far. Afterwards, you need to get out into our student community and see if you feel at home. Fall is a period of frenzied activity and fanatic enthusiasm in the Commodore community.
Here are some random thoughts I’ve collected during this first week of school:
- Parking is a pain (freshmen cannot have cars on campus and afterwards you might not even want your car here, it can be more work than it’s worth); Nashville is a pedestrian-friendly town and we have great public transportation provided by the city and Vanderbilt.
- Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Rein is the Commons Reading this year; I’m just beginning the book and loving it!
- Student media is back. Sometimes they get it right, sometimes they get it wrong, but it’s always entertaining. If you want to keep your pulse on the student vibe at Vanderbilt, check out one of our many sources of student media.
- The Commons is one of the most amazing residential life experiences in America. Keep an eye out for my blog next week on the first-year experience.