Great Minds

Loving Words, Living Poetry
by Nate Marshall, Class of 2012 | Great MindsSpring 2012

When I was young, I used to read the dictionary. My grandmother, who helped raise me, was a high school librarian and kept multiple dictionaries in the house at any given time. Whenever I didn’t know the meaning of a word, she would send me to one of those books and eventually I began to dive into them on my own accord.

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The Choice: One Year Later
by Michael Greshko, Class of 2014 | Fall 2011Great Minds

The Commons Center, the student center located in the heart of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt, has a beautiful grand piano in the lobby, a glossy, whalelike monument to music begging to be made.

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Crash Course in Sweet Entrepreneurship
by Joe Charles Foster, Class of 2013 | Great MindsSpring 2011

The hardest I have ever worked in my life was on the Fourth of July 2010. Yet after finishing hours upon hours of arduous work and eyeing the cash my brother and I had earned, tremendous pride swept over me. We had created our own success.

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Resolved
by Nick Brown, Class of 2011 | Fall 2010Great Minds

Can an Underdog Debate Team Argue Its Way to a National Championship?

I sat in the semifinals of the American Debate Association National Tournament. My debate partner, Cameron Norris, avidly clicked away on his computer, preparing in case we advanced. Directly across from us, our two opponents from Liberty University hunched over their computers doing the same.

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Scholarship and Fellowship Through Irish Eyes
by Gail McConnell, 2009-2010 Graduate Student Fellow | Great MindsSpring 2010

I am a final year Ph.D. student from Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland, and one of eight graduate student fellows at Vanderbilt’s Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. We are a diverse bunch, with varied interests, ideas and opinions, which makes for lively meetings …

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Are You Sure Thomas Edison Did It This Way?
by Miron Klimkowski, Class of 2010 | Fall 2009Great Minds
I had a brilliant research project, one that I was sure would make an impact on people’s lives and the environment.

I had a brilliant research project, one that I was sure would make an impact on people’s lives and the environment. The project was part of the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program (VUSRP), a research opportunity that affords students the opportunity to partner with a faculty mentor in a field of study.

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A Wellie-wearing, Tea-drinking, Englishman in Nashville
by Ruth Kinsey, class of 2011 | Great MindsSpring 2009

The first time I stepped foot in Tennessee was August 2007, a week before classes started. I arrived at the Nashville Airport armed with two suitcase, a backpack, appliances pre-ordered online from Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond, and an interest in American political science.

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Love Poems on the Subway and Other Adventures
by Emma Cofer, Class of 2009 | Fall 2008Great Minds
If Paris is for lovers, then New York City is for writers.

If Paris is for lovers, then New York City is for writers. No place is so synonymous with the written word and the community surrounding it as New York. And why wouldn’t it be? NYC is “the capital of the world” and an undisputed creative hub, and writing is what brings other worlds into the public domain.

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No Permit? No Training? No Problem.
by David Amsalem, class of 2009 | Great MindsSpring 2008

“Well, that’s great you want to volunteer, but what do you have to contribute?” This painful, yet relevant question was posed over the phone by one of a group of Italian doctors who were running a hospital in a remote part of Tibet.

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