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Curb Scholar Blog: Junior Year Recap

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This blog post was written by Harrison Kenum.

I’m more than halfway through college. This, dear readers, is an absolutely terrifying thought. Junior year, as I’ve learned, is a time where you think you’ve done both everything and nothing. Two years of college are under your belt, and if you have a packed schedule like me, it’s easy to think that you can’t fit anything else. And yet, something always calls to you, whether it’s a large requirement or smaller, exciting ideas. In my case, it’s both. Read More

Curb Scholar Blog: Communicating Our Stories

Posted on: October 8th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This blog post was written by Serena Deutch.

People are not good at talking about themselves.  Of course there are exceptions, but a prevalent value in our society is modesty, and being humble is sometimes even a praised trait.  On this note, when we, the Curb Scholars, were asked to write a brief biography about ourselves, we struggled.  We wondered where the line is between self-flattery and boastful pride.  There were mental blocks because after a lifetime full of noteworthy personal experiences and characteristics, it appeared difficult to summarize this in a three-sentence biography.

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Curb Scholar Blog: The Startup Life

Posted on: October 6th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This blog post was written by Tony Maina.

I felt very good about coming back to Vanderbilt for my sophomore year. I spent a great deal of time during my freshman year adjusting to the various academic challenges while still trying to exercise a social life. I now feel like I have a much better understanding of how to thrive here at Vanderbilt and I’m looking forward to a good year.

During the summer though, I went back to my home country of Kenya and established a startup. This would have to rank as one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life but also one of the most enjoyable. In taking this challenge on, I teamed up with two of my best friends with whom I went to high school. We were united by our one desire to do something great and have an impact by implementing a socially-conscious business.

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Curb Scholar Blog: Building from the Ground Up

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This blog post was written by Austin Channell.

The college transition hasn’t been quite what I expected.  Throughout high school, academic success came to me with little to no extra effort.  However, once I arrived at Vanderbilt and started taking tests, I found this to no longer be the case.  Academics have begun to feel like an uphill battle.  While the academic rigor was a reason for my choosing Vanderbilt, the severity of the challenges I have faced was not fully anticipated.   Read More

Curb Scholar Blog: Learning and Moving Forward

Posted on: September 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

This blog post was written by Ben Knight.

At the end of this past summer, I completed my first full project with Curb. I had done a few small things around campus and worked in groups to generate ideas, but I hadn’t finished a full-scale creative service project until about three months ago. The project was to create a video that would preview the HOD 1700 course. Read More

Curb Scholar Blog: Reflecting on Utopia

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This blog post was written by Rachel Anand.

For opening retreat, Mr. John Bielenberg gave us the prompt “Utopia” as part of his “Ingenuity Blitz” program.  After doing a “Think Wrong” exercise, where we took a word we were given and linked it everything our minds related to it, our team randomly selected two words from the favorites chosen from the exercise.  Our team, composed of April, Sawyer, Austin, Ben and myself, got “Bridge” and “Yes Please!”.  Using these words, it was our job to come up with a project relating them to the Utopian theme.  Read More

Curb Scholar Blog: A Semester Begins

Posted on: September 15th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This blog post was written by Grace Cowan.

Surprisingly the beginning of the semester has been very busy. During the opening retreat, my group created a project called “DUMBphone” to bring attention to the overuse of smartphones. During our Curb sessions, we presented our idea to the rest of the scholars and received their feedback.  Read More

Curb Scholar Summer Blog: Disa’s Eco-Informatics Research in the Cascades

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This post was written by Disa Yu.

I spent this summer in the forests and mountains of the Cascades mountain range in eastern Oregon. We lived in the cabins of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and conducted research in the field of Eco-Informatics. I thought that Eco-Informatics was a good example of the interdisciplinary creativity that happens at the Curb Center because it uses math and computer science to carry out ecological research. Read More

Curb Scholars “Think Wrong” at Opening Retreat

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before the classes had begun, the Vanderbilt Curb Scholars were hard at work getting their year off to a creative start. They spent a week attending the Curb Center’s Opening Retreat, a series of workshops, exercises, and a field trip to The Farm, an intentional community located in Summertown, Tennessee.

From their experiences at the Retreat, the Curb Scholars enter this year with new methods of problem solving, innovative ideas for campus projects, and much to continue pondering as they begin another year as creatives in their academic work and elsewhere. Read More

Curb Scholar Madeline Pt. 2

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 | 0 Comments

I always try to find the ways of becoming a better artist and a better human from any experience I have – try to stretch beyond shuffling it into a category of good or bad, exciting or boring, etc. in order to really consciously grow with each experience. I’ve recently gotten to spend some time on the Hudson River on the West side of the island just sitting, looking at the water, and taking in a kind of quiet I had forgotten existed amidst the everyday cacophony of horns and police sirens and millions of intersecting dialogues.
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