22nd July, 2014

Vanderbilt Voices: Ted Moock

What are you doing this summer?

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“Over the first half of the summer, I had the unbelievable opportunity to be a part of the filming of the upcoming movie, Pitch Perfect 2. My role in the movie is Treblemaker #5, and while I don’t have any speaking lines or solos, I did get the opportunity to record my voice on the soundtrack and to learn from very accomplished choreographers who have worked with the likes of Usher and Justin Timberlake. I also met Deke Sharon, the music producer for the film and the creator of the hit-TV show, The Sing-Off, as well as the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA), a competition that I participated in with the Vanderbilt Melodores. Walking onto a movie set for the first time was like walking into a dream. I got to meet the entire cast from the first movie and develop great friendships with some of them in addition to my fellow Treblemakers. The entire experience was unforgettable. Moving forward, I will be on-campus giving tours with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for the rest of the summer. I am so excited for my senior year and can’t wait to see what the future has in store!”

Ted Moock
Peabody College
Class of 2015

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15th July, 2014

Vanderbilt Voices: Caroline Walker

What are you doing this summer?

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“This summer, I have been working on my Ingram Scholarship Summer Project in Cork, Ireland where I work in a creche, an early childhood center which is a part of a larger charity that ministers to families in need. I am in the midst of a cultural exposure project, as many of the children are from immigrant families such as Malta, Bulgaria, Romania, Finland and Poland. The project’s goal is the prevention of negative stereotyping as well as identity formation with children between the ages of 5-8. They have been such a joy and blessing to serve. During the weekends, rather than gallivanting with leprechauns, I have done my best to explore as much of Ireland as I can on a tight budget and in doing so have met some really amazing people—in particular a monastic nun who went to Vanderbilt! My other adventures have included Cork, of course, Galway, the Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, the Lough Derg pilgrimage, the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, the Shrine of St. Brigid, the Blarney Stone, Castle Omagh and Eskra in Northern Ireland, and most recently St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth for a conference.”

Caroline Walker
College of Arts & Science
Class of 2015
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15th July, 2014

Vanderbilt Voices: Michael McMillan, II

What are you doing this summer?

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“This summer, I have been finding my way as a small fish in the biggest of ponds: Washington, DC. As an intern, I have gained valuable experience learning about corporate operations and public policy. ​Though, what has been even more rewarding and enjoyable, are the ​opportunities I’ve had outside of work: ​to ​converse with​ ​start-up founders ​and young politicians, to ​kayak on the Potomac​ River​ and almost (sort of) ​to ​me​et Bill Clinton.​ I have found that DC’s most endearing quality is congruent to that of Vanderbilt: young people flock here from all over to be difference-makers, to be impactful and influential. That being said, I look forward to returning to Nashville to undergo tour guide training, begin my next internship and celebrate the champions of the college baseball world — Go ‘Dores!”

Michael McMillan, II
College of Arts & Science
Class of 2017
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13th July, 2014

The only Nashville summer guide you need

Not sure what to do during the summer in Nashville? Try these, and make all your friends who went home jealous.

Live on the Green music festival

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An afternoon on 12 South with a stop at Jeni’s

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Cliff jumping at Percy Priest Lake

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Saturdays at Musician’s Corner in Centennial Parkimage

A night on the General Jackson Showboat

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Farmers’ markets, farmers’ markets, farmers’ markets!

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The search for the perfect coffee shop

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Movies in the Park  

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Warm nights on Love Hill

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Taste of Music City

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East Side Hootenanny  

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A day with the Nashville Sounds (only $5 with your college ID)

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Sunday Spotlight at The Bluebird Café

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Cruising around town on a B-Cycle

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1st July, 2014

Happy 4th of July

If you’re in town and still looking for something to do in Nashville on the Fourth, we’ve got some ideas:

Eat

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Nashville’s annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival comes back to East Park for all the foodies out there. This year, the festival is expected to bring a new layout, more activities, and (wait for it) more chicken. The festival is still looking for volunteers. For those of you that can’t get enough hot chicken, email your availability here: info@hotchickenfestival.com.

Run

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Start your holiday off on the right foot with a run for a good cause! Nashville will host its annual Music City July 4th 5K/10K in support of The Salvation Army in Public Square Park.  You can register to run here: https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=6211953.

Play

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Down at Riverfront Park, you’ll be able to listen to live music all day long leading up to the fireworks show. “Hey Girl” country singer Billy Currington will take the stage this Independence Day, in addition to Ashley Monroe, Striking Matches, and our one and only Nashville Symphony. If by chance you want a change of tune, look no further than Broadway—the honky tonks are always filled with live performances and excitement!

Lights

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There’s no better way to celebrate July 4th than with fireworks.This year, Music City plans to put on its longest fireworks show yet—a full 27-minute masterpiece at Riverfront Park, accompanied live by the Nashville Symphony. The show starts at 9:30pm.

22nd June, 2014

Best and Worst Parts of Being Home for the Summer

Best part about being home:

1. Showering barefoot for the first time in months

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2. Three words: Home cooked meals

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3. Reuniting under the summer sun with your best friends

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4. Free laundry, free parking, free housing, free everything…almost

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5. Not having to worry about a 10 page paper, chemistry test, group presentation or any other assignments

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Worst part about being home:

1. Driving around town and seeing your not-so-favorite people from high school

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2. Family members asking questions about what you’re studying, why you’re home, what you want to do with your life, are you eating, do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend etc. etc.

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3. Finally seeing daylight after binge watching your favorite shows on Netflix

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4. Having to stay at home while your friends are abroad, doing research, working, and taking over the world

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5. Missing Vandyland and realizing it is only mid-June

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