“When I was 14 years old I started volunteering at Camp SOAR. Camp SOAR is an average overnight camp with arts and crafts, swimming, games, snacks and basically all other camp-like activities. The only difference is at Camp SOAR each counselor is paired up with one camper who has a moderate to severe disability. My first camper’s name was Quincy, and saying she changed my life would be a huge understatement. For the week I spent every hour of every day listening to Quincy sing Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” or watching her figure out new crafts she could make. Quincy wasn’t a camper to me, she was a friend. I’ve been a counselor at Camp SOAR every summer and don’t plan on stopping any time in the near future. I still talk to Quincy about what’s happening in her life and how high school is going. This upcoming summer is the year she graduates camp. Starting Camp SOAR altered my life in a huge way. I’m now a Special Education major and plan on teaching in my own classroom. I owe almost all of that to Quincy.”
Archives for April 2017
“During the summer before my junior year in high school I volunteered at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital as part of their STRIVE program. It changed my life because it really filled in me a desire for service and working with the kids there. I decided that I wanted to go to medical school and become a pediatric oncologist. It taught me that I could make a difference.”
“I am passionate about working with individuals with disabilities. My passion began when my cousin was born with a defective heart. Our family had to learn how to interact with her given her disability. My cousin, Ellie, has given us all a tolerance and love for individuals with special needs. Because of Ellie, I started a peer-mentoring program at my high school for students with disabilities. I am also majoring in Special Education and hope to one day make a positive impact on my students’ lives. At Vanderbilt, I also am a volunteer for Nashville Dolphins and a Next Steps Ambassadore. I love working with people with special needs because they often have an innocence and happiness that is, frankly, uncommon in today’s society. I think people with disabilities should not be defined and labeled by their lack of ability, but rather their unique and extraordinary abilities.”
Cortez gives a virtual tour of some of the best study spaces on Commons- just in time for Finals!
In the last episode of IQ for the 2016-2017, current first-years discuss the advice they would give to future freshmen.
My Commons Life presents its newest episode of Commons Cribs, a mini web series that provides an inside look into the humble abodes of those who reside on the Vanderbilt Commons. This episode features freshmen Hannah and Tori of Murray House, and it shows what most dorm rooms look like by the end of the year.
Angelina has one final look ahead at important events on campus like Rites of Spring and The Commons End of Year Celebration.
“I am passionate about sports. Since I was a little kid I loved playing sports with my two older brothers. I think sports are a great way to help kids learn about teamwork and problem-solving. I think sports can play a really important role in helping kids grow up and mature.”
“I am passionate about making education accessible to all people. That is why I am studying to become a special education teacher. As students at Vanderbilt we are all very blessed to have the opportunity to pursue our education: ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.'”
Vanderbilt University students from a wide variety of student organizations came together to participate in this fun music video, which offers a glimpse into life at Vandy.