12th August, 2014

Vanderbilt Voices: Pranjal Gupta

What are you doing this summer?

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“The first five weeks of the summer I spent studying for the MCAT, the admission exam I have to take to apply to medical school next year. In the beginning I did content review, and then closer to the date of the exam I just took as many practice tests as I could. I’m glad it’s over! Following the test, I visited my aunt, uncle and my two adorable cousins in Seattle. We spent the Fourth of July weekend in Leavenworth, Wash., an absolute gorgeous mountainside city where we had an awesome time hiking and white water rafting. For the last six weeks of the summer, I plan to stay at home in Auburn, Ala., and do some shadowing at the local hospital and volunteer with our county Red Cross, an activity I did here all throughout high school. I also want to make one or two short films and try to submit them to a couple of film festivals, as filmmaking is one of my hobbies. I’m also going to hang out with some friends and rest in preparation for the upcoming school year!”

Pranjal Gupta
School of Engineering
Class of 2016

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12th August, 2014

We’re hiring!

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Vanderbilt News and Communications is looking for a student worker to help us around the office for about 10-15 hours a week, and—oh yeah—create some Tumblr content, too.

The ideal candidate will have strong writing skills, feel comfortable with social media, and demonstrate the ability to combine a love of pop culture and love of the Vanderbilt undergraduate experience in a fun, creative way.

All candidates MUST have excellent writing and computer skills, possess a professional phone demeanor and must be able to perform sometimes-not-very-glamorous administrative tasks with care and attention to detail.

All candidates must be currently enrolled Vanderbilt students.

Interested? Apply here.

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10th August, 2014

Vanderbilt: Doing it Right

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DO                                                         

  • Walk to your classes before the first day (don’t be the person walking in 15 minutes late because you went to Garland instead of Furman)
  • Drop a class if it is way too hard (being challenged is great, suffering is not)
  • Go to as many campus events as possible (you’ll meet great people and probably get free food. Believe us: you’ll always want free food.)
  • Utilize study groups (a fun, easy, practical way to prepare for exams)
  • Take time for yourself if you need it (if you’re unbelievably overwhelmed, take a breather, seriously)
  • Spend weekends exploring the different parts of Nashville (get out of the bubble and get a taste of Music City. Lyft and Uber are a smartphone away)
  • Get lost (you’ll learn your way around campus in no time, and probably make fun new squirrel friends along the way)
  • Sit with random people at lunch (take time to get to know as many of your peers as possible, even if it makes you uncomfortable)

DON’T

  • Be afraid to talk to upperclassmen (some seem menacing, but they really aren’t)
  • Avoid office hours (your professor has a life outside of class, be a part of it!)
  • Ignore the people that clean your bathrooms, serve your food, pick up your garbage, etc. (they truly are the undercover angels of this campus)
  • Feel bad about staying in to finish an important assignment (your friends will understand, trust us)
  • Get stuck inside your comfort zone (break out of your shell and enjoy the different facets of your university. You’re only here for four years, after all, and they go quickly!)
  • Forget about the Writing Studio (high school papers ≠ college papers)
  • Worry if you don’t make your BFFs on Day 1 (you have plenty of time and opportunities to find your future wedding party)
  • Forget to check-in with friends and family at home (they miss you, please let them know you’re alive)