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Student Life

Day in the Life

 A Vanderbilt student leads a busy life, juggling classes, homework, clubs and sports.  An ROTC student is no different.  Every day is different, but here is what a typical Thursday could look like for a cadet:

  • 0600-0700 Physical Fitness, which includes a combination of calisthenics, plyometrics, and stability exercises. In
    Cadet Lifeaddition, high-intensity interval training and long-distance slower runs on alternating days.
  • 0700-0800 Grab breakfast with fellow cadets at one of the various dining facilities (The Commons Center is the closest to the ROTC Building)
  • 0900-1200 Chemistry, Intro to Anthropology, and History of Country Music classes
  • 1300-1400 Lunch with some classmates at Rand
  • 1430-1700 Meet at ROTC for lab. This week is learning to tie Swiss seats and rappelling from Stevenson Biology tower
  • 1700-1800 Dinner with cadets
  • 1800-2200 Hang out with friends and do homework

Cadet Class Progression

  • MS-PC 1230:  Leadership and Personal Development This class covers what motivates others to follow a person. Through routine observation, we learn from leaders regardless of the setting (military, business, education, etc.) This course provides an overview of leadership fundamentals such as setting direction, problem-solving, listening and providing feedback. You will explore dimensions of leadership, values, attributes, skills, and actions in a military context through practical, hands-on, and interactive exercises.
  • MS-PC 2160:  Foundations of Tactical Leadership The course is broken down into five key skill development levels: 1) leadership, 2) values and ethics, 3) personal development, 4) professional officership, and 5) various tactics, techniques, and procedures. This class will focus on individual leadership development where the student begins to plan, organize, and lead small teams and groups in situational training exercises. Students begin to apply leadership skills at the smallest unit level.
  • MS-PC 3120:  Applied Team Leadership This class looks at challenging scenarios related to small-unit tactical operations and how they are used to develop self-awareness and critical thinking skills. Cadets receive systematic and specific feedback on their leadership values, attributes, skills, and actions.
  • MS-PC 4160:  Leadership in a Complex World This course explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the contemporary operating environment. It introduces the concept of culture, its components, how culture influences human behavior, the impact of culturally influenced behavior on military operations, and how to analyze and apply cultural considerations in the planning and execution of military operations.