Well, it’s that time of year. The time that it seems like just about every first-year on campus gets hit with the “Commons Plague.” The Plague is a horrible combination of a scratchy throat, sneezing, congestion, being tired, and a general feeling of sickness. So throw on your hazmat suits, grab a bowl of chicken noodle soup, and keep reading to figure out how you can survive the Plague.
We’ve all been through basic biology and learned that our bodies repair themselves during our sleep at night. While we’re catching our ZZZ’s our immune system is working overtime to make sure that all the pathogens we encounter every day don’t harm us and make us sick. So by pulling all nighters back-to-back-to-back, you’re just asking to get sick. It’s recommended that you get to 7-9 hours of sleep a night, or if you’re an engineering student 1-2 hours between your lab and the deadline of Mastering Chemistry.
4) Get Your Own Drink
We’re all surviving on the caffeine in coffee at this point, and someone is bound to ask you for a sip of yours. Even though you’re a really nice person, you’ve got to say no to that request. Drinking after other people is probably the MOST common way that the Commons Plague is spread, so just tell your friends to get their own drinks.
3) Go Outside
Being cooped up with everyone who’s sick is a for-sure way to get the Commons Plague. Not only is the weather absolutely beautiful right now, but the air is a fresh break from indoor spaces and close proximity to potentially contagious friends. The best way to get out is to grab an Eno or blanket and just study on the lawns.
2) Wash Your Hands
Straight-up, just wash your hands.
1) Make (Smart) Moves When You’re Out
Going out is great an all, but that girl/guy you just met may very well be patient zero for the Plague. So maybe try holding their hand or just talking (JK, we’ve all be there, but honestly just think twice and make sure that you really want to possibly subject yourself to this illness). Also, going back to No. 5, don’t stay out until 4 a.m., try and make it home early so you can have some time to dream.
The semester is starting to ramp up, and sooner or later you’ll hit that wall where you absolutely either need a weeklong nap or gallons of coffee. Obviously, professors aren’t very keen on us missing a week of class to sleep, so the latter is most certainly the better choice of the two. So, with so many coffee houses around, you may find yourself asking which one has the chillest location and the best Americanos. Well, My Commons Life is here to answer just that question.
Dose comes in our ranking at No. 5 because they have some pretty great coffee, but overall it lacks the intamacy and closeness vibes that most of us look for in a coffee house. Their super-friendly staff takes your order, and they normally have a small variety of pastries for purchase as well.
Address: 3431 Murphy Rd, Nashville, TN 37203
Atmalogy is a cool little coffee shop not to far from campus. The feel and atmosphere are unsurmounted, but it is limited in the amount of space it has. Atmalogy has multitudes of options, so you’re bound to find at least one way to spice up your coffee to your liking.
Address: 2320 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
Fido is another close location to the Commons. It’s only a quick 10-minute walk away. Fido features some amazing dining options, while also providing a place to sit down and study. I personally suggest if you’re going to Fido to try their Local Latte, which features local honey and cinnamon.
Address: 1812 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212
Slow Hand Coffee is excellent if you’re not quite sure what you want since they have a huge variety. Though it may be 1.5 miles away from the Commons, you can always jump on a public bus, which is free to students using their Commodore Card or split an Uber with some friends.
Address: 300 10th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Three Brothers Coffee was able to climb to the top of our list due to its close location, excellent coffee, and best of all overall vibe. Many study sessions happen here, so just drop in, grab your caffeine fix, and get ready for your first semester of college.
Address: 2813 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
You’ve survived the madness of move in, orientation, and your first few days on campus as a whole. If you’re like me, this whole process of moving off to college has been a little bit overwhelming. Luckily for us though, Nashville has some amazing places to chill out and just let loose. Here are the top 5 ways to relax, get to know your new home, and have a good time. So grab a few Vandy first years, and check out what Nashville has to offer.
5. First Saturdays
You won’t need to be an art connoisseur to appreciate number five on our list. Every first Saturday of the month, a handful of art galleries open their doors for FREE. With over 20 galleries participating in First Saturdays, you are bound to find just about any style and medium of art to please your taste. Some of the galleries offer free drinks to cool you off after a hot day of walking around campus, and if you’re lucky you may be able to meet the artists. First Saturday takes place from 6pm to 9pm at 5th Avenue of the Arts, 5th Avenue South, and The Historic Arcade.
4. Lonnie’s Western Room
Lonnie’s is a Nashville staple that college students love. Voted the #1 Karaoke Bar in Nashville and the #10 College Bar in America, the location is a real crowd pleaser. So even if you’re young, dumb, and broke, come out and show off your best dance moves and singing.
Address: 308 CHURCH STREET, Nashville, TN 37201 (Roughly a $10 round trip with Uber)
Hours: 6pm-3am, daily
You can’t officially say that you’re living in Nashville until you hit up Fido’s for some coffee and some high end, yet affordable, grub. Fido’s menu creates a harmony between organic, exotic, and junk foods, and if you’re not ready to experience a Fido’s burger or giant whole grain pancake, then you can always rely on the tried and true latte. Just a short half-mile walk away from the Commons, you’ll find that Fido’s is perfectly located, and you might even get a rare sighting of Belmont Students hanging around, too.
Address: 1812 21st Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212
Hours: 7am-11pm, daily
Broadway, also known as Honky Tonk Highway, is a rockin’ street in downtown Nashville. With countless restaurants, junk food stops, and nightlife area, you’re bound to make many memories here over your next four years. So, don’t be intimidated by being a first year student and head on down to music row within your first month to get a true feel for the city.
Address: Corner of Broadway and 5th Ave S. (Roughly a $10 round trip with Uber)
1. Live On The Green
Live On The Green is a homegrown FREE concert series that Lightning 100 host. It features local artists, as well as some pretty well known names. Loads of Nashville natives attend the concert, and if you’re lucky you’ll get to meet some pretty famous artist, like Paramore. There are just two weeks left in the series, but in my opinion the last weeks are boasting the best artists. The next show is Wednesday, August 24th. It begins at 6:15pm at Public Square Park, and will go until 11pm. I would HIGHLY suggest going to this one, because you’ll be able to catch some of my favorite artists like Portugal. The Man and Spoon. If you can’t make it to this one night event, don’t fret because you can catch a whole 3 days of fun over Memorial Day Weekend. Some of the major artists over that weekend include Sheryl Crow, Future Islands, The Lone Bellow, and Drew Holcomb. You can check the whole schedule below, address, and other details below.
Address: 1 Public Square, Nashville, TN 37201 (Roughly a $12 round trip with Uber)