Freshman Commons Category
Auld Lang Syne
Dec. 31, 2012—The final admissions blog post of the year invites readers to share in our excitement for the year ahead.
From the Rooftops: A Recent Graduate’s Thoughts on VU
May. 23, 2012—Ryan introduces a piece written for the Huffington Post by recent VU grad Leslie Schichtel.
I’m an Incoming Freshman! Now What?
May. 21, 2012—A few next steps for the newest members of the Class of 2016.
The Class of 2012: A Common Advantage
May. 11, 2012—Carolyn reflects on the four-year journey of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons' inaugural class.
Presenting Your 2012 Commons Cup Victors
May. 9, 2012—Carolyn breaks down the illustrious tradition of the Commons Cup and reveals this year's winner.
Introducing Your Heads of House
Apr. 19, 2012—Meet the faculty who have chosen to live with our first year students in The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons.
Vanderbilt: A Residential Experience
Jan. 19, 2012—Carolyn Pippen on the great residential experience offered at Vanderbilt.
On-Campus Housing at Vanderbilt
Jan. 27, 2011—I’m not one to prop up U.S. News & World Report rankings, as I’m sure you know if you’ve read my previous posts on the topic. However, I saw this bit today and thought it was an appropriate time to discuss campus housing. According to the news organization, Vanderbilt is one of the top ten...
Dec. 11, 2009—Yesterday was the last day of classes for the fall semester. Today is Reading Day. Finals begin tomorrow, and continue throughout next week. For everyone, this is an intense time of year. How to capture the feel? People head in every direction. Papers, projects, and presentations were due this week and last—and were being completed...
Stress Coping Tips (from someone who's been there)
Dec. 7, 2009—I’ve had a lot of experience with school and school-related stress. Throughout my undergraduate education, graduate education, and my time here at the OUA I have developed a few coping mechanisms. As many of you await our Early Decision I letters and most of you wrap-up semesters with final projects and exams, let me hand...
On to Finals
Dec. 2, 2009—This is always an interesting time of year at Vanderbilt. Everyone has just returned from a week-long (plus two weekends) Thanksgiving Break. It’s not wise for us professors to suggest to our students that they’re going off on vacation for a week. The way our academic calendar is structured, students inevitably have some work, sometimes...
It’s a quiet Friday morning on The Commons
Nov. 21, 2009—It’s a quiet Friday morning on The Commons. The campus is pausing for a week-long Thanksgiving Break that begins tomorrow. Many people are headed home. Others, especially students who live abroad, will stay here or travel elsewhere in the United States. Hard to believe that it’s “only” been twelve weeks since the semester began in...