Zipcar says, "Give
them the keys to our car for a change"
Books? Check. Meal plan? Check. Zipcar membership?
Loads of dirty laundry you expect. But parking tickets and towing fees? Not
a fun surprise. Keeping a car on campus is just one more hassle to worry
about when you send your student off to college. Zipcar allows them access
to a car when they want—without all the added costs of owning a car.
Zipcar is a car-sharing service that allows students 18 and older to
reserve cars on campus (and all around the world) by the hour or day, gas
and insurance included. After signing up, if your student needs to make a late-night
snack run or wants to come home for a weekend, all they have to do is
reserve a spot.
To learn more,
visit the Zipcar parents page. Your student can sign up for
just $25 here. Have them use the promo code
2012PARENTS to get $40 in driving credit to try the service out. (This
offer is only good for students and expires Sept. 15, 2012) You
can also give your student the gift of Zipcar.
Important dates and
Fall open enrollment change period
Deadline to waive student health insurance (must be
done each year)
Full session and second session summer classes end
Exams for full session and second session classes
All summer session residence halls close at 9 a.m.
Deadline for all students to pay fall charges without a late-payment fee
Residence halls open for upperclass students at 9 a.m.
First day of fall classes
Upcoming campus events
Vanderbilt Farmers' Market
Medical Center Plaza
Thursdays through Sept. 27
Shop for fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers, breads, dairy and meat
from local farmers.
Second Friday Telescope Night
The Dyer telescopes will be open for viewing. Admission is free, but
reservations are required. If cloudy, tours of the observatory and
"ask an astronomer" sessions will be available.
Bluebird on the Mountain
Gates open at
Show starts at
30th anniversary celebration of Bluebird Cafe! Songwriters night featuring
Thom Schuyler, Fred Knobloch, Tony Arata and Jellyroll Johnson. Tickets are
$95 for a carload with up to 8 allowed in a car.
Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman
7:30 p.m. Thursdays
This annual bluegrass concert series will feature Dailey & Vincent
(July 19); and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (July 26).
Tickets are $26.50.
The Frist Center for
the Visual Arts
Enjoy art, hors d'oeuvres and music. Free for members, $10 for nonmembers.
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
This radio/TV series is filmed 333 feet underground in this cavern in
McMinnville. Performers for this taping are The Steeldrivers. Go early and
tour the caves. Tickets are $30.
Treehouses: Great Works of Literature
Garden and Museum of Art
May 26–Sept. 2
The seven whimsical treehouses in this outdoor exhibition are inspired by
famous works of literature. Admission is free for members, $12 for adults;
$5 for college students with ID and children 3–17; free for children 2 and
Nashville Farmers' Market
900 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Open every day
Home to farmers, artisans, local business merchants and several
Country Music Hall of Fame
222 Fifth Ave. S.
Open every day
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Current exhibits: The Bakersfield Sound Exhibit and Taylor Swift
Parents and Family Programs
Housing and Residential Education
Student Health Center
July's most frequently
asked question: Shipping items to campus for the fall
Packages sent to campus for
Move-In Weekend must be shipped via UPS Ground or FedEx Ground only. Please
do not ship any packages—for Move-In Weekend or otherwise—before
August 9. When shipping, pack all items securely and add extra
protection for fragile items. Use filler for empty space in boxes to avoid
breakage. Please use shipping boxes that your student can carry or handle
We recommend insuring packages for the value of the contents. UPS and FedEx
Ground can insure each package for up to $100 and provide a tracking number
free of charge. Please bring the tracking number for each package to the
pickup area for confirmation of delivery.
Use the address format below. Be sure the student's full given name and
campus address are marked clearly on all packages. Do not address packages
to a residence hall. If shipping more than one package at the same time,
please number them (1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3).
(XXXX = your student's assigned four-digit PMB number)
*Students keep the same assigned PMB number for all 4
years while at Vanderbilt.
Career Corner: Parent
volunteers still needed for Career Center event
The Vanderbilt Career Center, in
partnership with Parents and Family Programs, is organizing the fourth
annual Soiree at Sarratt—a parent-student networking event during Family
Weekend. The event is scheduled for 3:45–5:45 p.m. on Friday,
Oct. 12. Parents will serve on panels and briefly share their
job-hunting experiences. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions
and network with panelists.
Please register if you're interested in serving
on the parent panel. Students who wish to participate may register with the
Career Center in August.
a major: Researching top jobs and asking the right questions
The only thing harder than picking a major and plotting out a career path
for a college student might be standing by and watching as the college
student's parent. Parents have expectations and desires for their students
that are also affected by their history and experiences with their own
careers, making discussions about the choice of a major difficult.
The best advice for parents in this situation? Listen, offer advice, ask
questions and stand back. Students who feel supported will be more likely
to share their thoughts and fears, which opens up the doors for you to
offer advice and help guide them toward sound decisions. But in the end,
these decisions have to be the student's own. Mistakes are as important in
the process as successes.
As you start discussions with your student, consider the recent New York Times' list
of fast-growing jobs. Requirements range from associate's degrees all the
way to Ph.Ds. Experts predict the following 10 job positions to have a
shortage of workers by 2018:
- Biomedical engineer
- Network systems and data communications analyst
- Home health aide
- Personal and home care aide
- Financial examiner
- Medical scientist
- Physician assistant
- Skin care specialist
- Biochemist and biophysicist
- Athletic trainer
If your student isn't quite so
science- or medicine-oriented, don't worry: WorldWideLearn.com compiled a
list of top 10 careers that included day care providers and elder care
specialists among the top in-demand jobs for the future. With the increased
costs of childcare and the aging of the Baby Boomer generation, there will
continue to be a high demand for compassionate, skilled workers who cater
to either end of the age spectrum.
As you discuss career paths with your student, remember that high pay and
job availability aren't necessarily the most important factors. Consider
the CNN Best Jobs in America list, which rates jobs according to low stress
levels, flexibility, future growth, satisfaction and benefit to society.
Help your student determine what factors will contribute to his overall
happiness in a job.
Regardless of how your student determines his chosen career, parents can
provide invaluable insight that no professor or academic advisor can.
Knowing their students' strengths, weaknesses, interests and ambition
levels, parents can help take a top 10 list and boil it down to what really
matters: Can I see my student finding success and fulfillment in this job?
Help your student research the options and understand his priorities, but
don't forget to ask the right question.
See the full New York Times article Top 10 List: Where the Jobs Are
from April 13, 2011.
See the full WorldWideLearn.com list Top Jobs and Careers for the Next Ten Years.
See the full CNNMOney.com/PayScale.com Best Jobs in America survey
from the November 2010 issue.
Article reprinted with
permission of University Parent Media.
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