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Design Your VU

Design Your VU

Design Your VU is a yearlong program in which all members of the residential college system are automatically enrolled. This program allows you to chart your own course at Vanderbilt, selecting from a menu of programs and activities offered across campus, all with the intent of helping you to find your path and develop your skills. Programs are broken into five tracks focused on intellect, community, personal well-being, self-discovery, and cultural awareness.

Eligible programs will be designated in Anchor Link. Participation in Design Your VU is tracked via attendance records in Anchor Link at eligible programs. To view your progress, scroll down on the Anchor Link dashboard and click on ‘*Design Your VU 2020-2021′ in the ‘Paths’ section on the lower right side of the screen. To complete the program, you need to participate in two programs per track (ten total).

By Design[ing] Your VU, you can experience the wide range of activities available at Vanderbilt, make new friends, challenge yourself to try new things, and explore your own personal and professional development. In addition to gaining key skills that will be necessary for your success inside and outside the classroom over the course of your Vanderbilt experience, students who actively participate in the program are eligible to win prizes:

  • Students who complete at least 50% of the program (attended at least 5 eligible programs) by the end of the fall semester will be entered to win special VU swag items!
  • Students who complete the program (attended at least 2 eligible programs per track) by Spring Break will be entered to win a mentorship from a Vanderbilt alum!

Participation in Design Your VU is tracked via card-swipe at eligible events and your progress is automatically displayed through the Paths dashboard of Anchor Link.  To complete the program, you need to participate in two items per track (10 total).

By Design[ing] Your VU, you can experience the wide range of activities available at Vanderbilt, make new friends, challenge yourself to try new things, and explore your own personal and professional development. In addition to gaining key skills that will be necessary for your success inside and outside the classroom over the course of your Vanderbilt experience, students who complete the program will be entered into a lottery to win a chance to have coffee and dessert with a surprise guest from the university administration in April. Additionally, throughout the year, students who complete individual tracks will also be eligible for drawings to receive special experiences and prizes. 

Be sure to visit Anchor Link to begin thinking about how you will Design Your VU! Please contact r.ross-orta@vanderbilt for all questions.

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