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What We Trained For: Medical school class president speaks about moving forward during pandemic

What We Trained For: Medical school class president speaks about moving forward during pandemic

As the Vanderbilt campus braced itself to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through a series of proactive measures in March, School of Medicine class president Varun Menon, MD'20, shared some thoughts on his experience of being a medical student during the unprecedented outbreak.

Longing for Home: A recent graduate from Wuhan, China, reflects on a pandemic that upended his life across two different worlds

Longing for Home: A recent graduate from Wuhan, China, reflects on a pandemic that upended his life across two different worlds

Qisen Song, BA'20, reflects on the unexpected ending of his senior year at Vanderbilt, and the meaning of home and family during difficult times.

‘It’s a lateral game, not a ladder game’: Brittany Hunter, MBA’20

‘It’s a lateral game, not a ladder game’: Brittany Hunter, MBA’20

Brittany Hunter didn’t follow a traditional path to Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. But one thing she can list on her résumé is: “excels at taking a new perspective.”

A Passion for Increasing College Access for the Underserved: Andrew Brodsky, BS’18, MED’20

A Passion for Increasing College Access for the Underserved: Andrew Brodsky, BS’18, MED’20

In high school Andrew Brodsky wanted to become a middle school or high school science teacher. He chose Vanderbilt because of Peabody College’s top rankings, and enrolled as a secondary education and chemistry double major. But sometimes plans change.

Helping Native Americans battle COVID-19: Tamee Livermont, MPH’20

Helping Native Americans battle COVID-19: Tamee Livermont, MPH’20

Tamee Livermont was eager to begin working as a public health liaison with the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board even before completing her studies at Vanderbilt. But just a week after starting her new position, instead of shaping policy, she was directly involved with the fight against COVID-19.

Seeking Challenge and Service in the Law: Hannah Miller, JD’20

Seeking Challenge and Service in the Law: Hannah Miller, JD’20

Hannah Miller welcomes a challenge—whether it’s leading route reconnaissance and convoy security missions, participating in multinational military training exercises, or preparing to serve in the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General Corps.

Conversations to Empower and Build Community: Tommy Oswalt, BA’20

Conversations to Empower and Build Community: Tommy Oswalt, BA’20

Psychology and communications studies double-major Tommy Oswalt came to Vanderbilt as a first-generation college student with a dream of finding a creative and supportive community like the large Cuban family he left in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

A Philosophy of Care for Women: Vernicia Winford, MSN’20

A Philosophy of Care for Women: Vernicia Winford, MSN’20

The first baby Vernicia Winford helped deliver into the world as a certified nurse-midwife was her own niece, born just a few days after the nursing graduate student passed her American Midwifery Certification Board exam last December.

Improving Care for Individuals with Physical Disabilities: Jonathan Dallas, MD’20

Improving Care for Individuals with Physical Disabilities: Jonathan Dallas, MD’20

Jonathan Dallas is many things: a graduating medical student, a promising neurosurgeon, a researcher, an advocate. He’s also an amputee.

Fostering Human Connections: Vineet Desai, BS’20

Fostering Human Connections: Vineet Desai, BS’20

During his first year at Vanderbilt, Vineet Desai was majoring in biomedical engineering. However, an Alternative Spring Break trip to Nicaragua, where he volunteered at a rural elementary school, changed the course of his college experience.

Praise for Camaraderie and a Welcoming Vanderbilt Vibe: Nnamdi Okabuonye, BS’20

Praise for Camaraderie and a Welcoming Vanderbilt Vibe: Nnamdi Okabuonye, BS’20

One weekend program convinced Nnamdi Okabuonye that Vanderbilt was where he wanted to be. A second initiative validated his choice early during his first year as an engineering student.

Qualities Applicable to Music and Medicine: Rachel Miles, BMUS’20

Qualities Applicable to Music and Medicine: Rachel Miles, BMUS’20

When applying to colleges, Rachel Miles wanted to keep her options open. Vanderbilt proved to be the perfect fit for the Brunswick, Ohio, native, who majored in oboe performance through the Blair School and minored in chemistry and biological sciences through the College of Arts and Science.

Exploring the Intersection of Art and Medicine: Eve Moll, BA’20

Exploring the Intersection of Art and Medicine: Eve Moll, BA’20

In seventh grade Eve Moll was an active dancer, but then a diagnosis of adolescent scoliosis in her spine threw her for a curve—literally.

Engineer, Golfer, Pilot and Rocket Builder: Abbey Carlson, BE’20

Engineer, Golfer, Pilot and Rocket Builder: Abbey Carlson, BE’20

Abbey Carlson focused her time at Vanderbilt on two passions: athletics and engineering. In July the mechanical engineering graduate heads to Boeing to join its Advanced Design and Prototype Solutions team in Huntsville, Alabama.

A Bus Ride to Smile About: Dara Johnson, BA’20

A Bus Ride to Smile About: Dara Johnson, BA’20

From Rosa Parks to the Freedom Riders, buses have been a potent symbol of change in Dara Johnson’s hometown, and she’s working to become the next person to deliver transformation through transportation—in the form of a mobile dental clinic.

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