With Summer fast approaching, this episode covers a final review of freshman year for Maria and Stephan, along with short messages from fellow Commodores.
MCL Top 5: Moments of Harambee
Recently, the ASU hosted the Harambee event, a cultural showcase with this year’s theme of “The Power of Words.” This year also marks the 21st anniversary of Harambee at Vanderbilt, and though all the performances were breathtaking, I have gathered my top 5 moments that made the night unforgettable.
Here’s one way to kick off the showcase! Vibe filled the atmosphere with energy; one could not help but feel the need to march with the beat, even from one’s seat. The silhouettes, as with other sections, were also phenomenal! Every outfit, every movement, everything told a story.
Nijala became an immersive experience with African culture embedded in just about every detail. The program itself was so pleasing to the eye that Harambee had it featured multiple times throughout the show. Oh, and I cannot forget to mention that a fellow member of MCL is part of this masterpiece. Everyone say hello to Elizabeth in the top right corner!
3. Fashion Show
The Fashion Show included a wide range of striking looks that felt like the elite sequel to Fashion Week! This fashion show was anything but ordinary, with couples and trios adding a fresh taste to the presentation. Even more remarkable were the national flags of African countries that some models represented. The grandeur of it all had me on my feet with excitement and praise.
One of my all-time favorite dances is majorette, so this category was already going to be one for the books. The sounds of trumpets and other pep-rally instruments brought back a rush of the feeling I often associated with sports like football. Every movement of the dancers captured the finesse that only resides in majorette. (Yes, Elizabeth strikes again on the far right!)
1. The Play
Of course, the play would be the one to string all of Harambee together! “The Power of Words” takes on a deeper meaning with the often comedic dialogues between the cast. Here are some of my favorites (roughly translated).
Introduction. A scene with mother and daughter about some devastating news.
“We are poor, daughter.”
“Wait, res college poor or Highland poor?”
Here is a scene where the daughter’s boyfriend is not pleased with the news of her being poor.
“You were only with me so that you can get all this stuff.”
“MATERIAL GIRL!” (A friend on the sidelines).
A cue for heated fight scenes.
“You got the wrong one.”
A classic Nicki Minaj reference.
“Broke people should never laugh!”
I captured so many great shots of Harambee that I had to include a few more pictures! Enjoy all the takes as a condensed representation of Harambee. (PS, another MCL member made it to the camera! You can spot Cheryl in the top-middle picture with her hands raised high.)
MCL Top 5: Fits from Vandy Vanity
In case you missed the premiere of the Vandy Vanity fashion show, I have you covered with my five (technically seven) favorite looks. And let me tell you, they all fit the theme of Our Heavenly Bodies to a T!
5. To the Left, to the Left!
Here bringing you all the sass is the model off-center. This attire is perfect for a night out in style. Also, we see you homegirl in the back! The draped top is the cherry on top of any vacation destination. Or one could keep it classy right at home.
4. Swag from Miss Morningstar
Leave a crowd awestruck with this stellar uniform! From the shoes on up, one could literally steal the night, the stars in the night sky becoming the canvas on which one would wear. While having a fantastic pajama-wear aesthetic, a fit like this can also rule the day with confidence.
3. Made You Look
Starting with the model upfront, we have the perfect apparel for both autumn and spring. The detailed crop top adds a dose of elegance, and with styled pants like these, you cannot help but feel bold and confident. The model in the back may be blurry, but the fit is nonetheless stunning! You cannot go wrong with a fierce tutu, and along with rocking some heels, one is sure to turn some heads.
2. Lights, Camera, Pose
This beige outfit is one for the books! Each intricate detail contributes to this exquisite look that is—ah!—to die for! Even in just one shade, one can rest assured not to be forgettable wearing this, making it perfect for practically any event.
1. One, Two Steppin’ It Up
The final outfit that finishes first is a striking look that gets even better in a pair. The twin models and their masterful pose exhibits how versatile the dress is. One could attend a formal or go about a casual day knowing precisely what it feels like to be ethereal.
And that concludes my top five fashion fits from the Vandy Vanity showcase! For more information about the fashion show (and, hopefully, more to come) check out their Instagram @thevandyvanity
(P.S. Vandy Vanity was founded by a fellow first-year, Qwynn Foster! The fashion show was just a 1-minute walk from home, being located on Wyatt Lawn. Now that is what I call the Commons Experience!)
Diary of a Tired Vanderbilt Student
Hey, y’all! Today I felt inspired to write a few short satirical pieces about some recent experiences I have had at Vanderbilt.
Entering Calculus class this morning—9am sharp—left a bitter taste in my mouth. I couldn’t tell if it was the usual morning breath or a feeling inside that confirmed the evident dislike I had developed for mathematics. Whatever it was, I knew I couldn’t focus on the lecture yet again. Instead, I doodled on my iPad in the margin lines of my notes whenever the professor stopped writing down equations.
Actually, let’s talk about that for a second. Is it just me or do all good mathematicians write at breakneck speeds? Maybe they have already solved the problem in their heads, and they write so fast as to keep the image of the solution fresh. It would make sense now that I think about it.
Anyway, I have been meaning to attend my professor’s office hours these days, but I have always backed down at the thought of being humiliated for having such little understanding of the content. Practice makes perfect, they say. Though whenever I try to make Calc a priority, I never end up working on as many problems as I should.
Sorry Calculus. After all, I am just an English major visiting.
A Keepsake of a Mistake
I decided to go for a Randwich today after Spanish class. Yes, I was brave enough to wait out that long line from rush hour. Oh, and guess who was in front of me while I was waiting?
Someone from Visions. I wanted to say hi to them, but they seemed pretty occupied with their phone. It wasn’t until we split paths for ordering that they looked to the side and waved at me. I had to smile a little at the innocence of it all. But before I could contemplate the interaction any longer, I was asked, “What are you having?” for the third time (possibly fourth).
I went with the usual: hoagie roll, turkey and bacon (not to be confused with turkey bacon), and cheddar cheese. When it came time for the toppings, I always kept it simple—just lettuce.
And honey mustard. Definitely cannot forget honey mustard. I could have sworn I told them honey mustard…but when they dabbed a green paste on my sandwich, I assumed I said otherwise. Technically, I had time to double-check that they had the right sauce in hand, but I know how hard the campus dining staff work. I didn’t want to be another headache.
On my first bite, I tasted the pesto. I ended up skipping lunch for the day.
I Came for the Giveaway
I went to the basketball game today, and I went alone because all my friends were busy. It was a busy Saturday for me too, so I already knew I would not stay the entire game.
Well, it turns out that this basketball game had a jersey giveaway. What? No, of course I did not make the sole purpose of me going to the game about a shirt that was, frankly, three times my size…
Look, I know I was not the only one, okay? Plus, I deserve this jersey! I was in need of a collectible.
Some Hank Resident
Commons Conversations-Episode 16, “Defining Vanderbilt”
Recently, Vanderbilt University underwent a change in identity, but was the refresh more of a reset? This week’s episode features an in-depth look into what Vanderbilt means to fellow Commodores and their take on the re-branding.
Commons Conversations-Episode 15, “Another Round of Getting Courses (or at least trying to)”
It is about to be that time again! Class registration is fast approaching, and to help give you insight on how to tackle it like a pro for next semester, Maria and Stephan have some advice and reminders.
MCL Top 5: Places I visited in NYC
The Big Apple is quite the common destination Commodores like to visit during breaks. Spring break was the second time I went to the city, and from my most recent trip, I will highlight the top 5 places I visited. (PS I took all these photos 😉 )
5. The MET
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of those places you have to visit while in NYC. To put it lightly, it is a castle of history and culture that immerses you into another time with its artifacts. Everything is so captivating that you may find yourself staying here for hours at a time. And to show appreciation for all the art, you can always donate to the museum to support its mission.
4. Brooklyn Bridge
This bridge features some of the best views of NYC as you walk above the East River. The walk may consist of a beach-like breeze, giving you a perfect chance for the Marilyn Monroe moment of your dreams. The near hour-long walk will be nothing short of dreamy; there will always be something spectacular to see.
3. Central Park
For one of the best ways to reconnect with nature while in the city, Central Park features an extensive landscape adventure that is bicycle-friendly and even has a skating rink! This park is another extraordinary place for catching a breathtaking view of Manhattan. You’ll feel like you are in another world.
2. Chelsea Market
If you want to eat good (and I mean reeeal good), Chelsea Market is the place to be. It features a wide array of dining options along with shops for tiny, pretty things you may want to collect. My personal favorite restaurant was Los Tacos (featured above). Those tacos truly changed my life from the first bite.
1. Hudson Yards
What better place to splurge than at one of the most elegant spots in NYC, featuring plenty of name-brand companies to explore? I did spend a little more than I expected coming here, but I was far from disappointed with my purchases. This place is your one chance to revamp your wardrobe. And remember, no sales tax on clothes!
Commons Conversations-Episode 14, “How to Vacay (College Edition)”
This week’s episode features a deep dive into how to make spring break (or any break) unforgettable.
MCL Quiz: Guessing Your Favorite Studying Spot
We all need a good place to study for exams, and what better place than Central Library? Or Stevenson? Perhaps Sarratt? This quiz uses your likes and dislikes to predict your go-to study spot. Try it out to see if the algorithm knows you well :0
Commons Conversations-Episode 12, “Trust the Algorithm”
The college dating scene can appear intimidating, but there are light-hearted ways to finding your future partner. In this weeks episode, Maria and Stephan review the most prominent match-making sites by college students, for college students.