Do You WAVU?
Last Saturday we welcomed our fall cohort to campus for Weekend Academy at Vanderbilt University (WAVU). Students spent their weekend learning from Vanderbilt scholars, making new friends, and having a great time. In our classes students studied bones to determine the sex and age of the deceased, learned how scientists use computer modeling to develop new treatments for disease, took a few steps closer to becoming published authors, and more!
When classes ended on Sunday, every instructor we spoke to (even the seasoned ones) marveled at how our students learned such advanced material in only 12 hours of class time.
When students were not studying, eating, or sleeping, they were getting to know Vanderbilt’s campus and each other. Proctors are Vanderbilt undergraduates who supervise groups of about 12 students, making sure they are safe, and helping them have a good time. On Saturday evening Proctors took students on a tour of Vanderbilt. They planned and oversaw evening recreation by playing mixer games, demonstrating the “Gangam Style” dance, and putting on WAVU’s first ever “Trashion Show.” (We should also note that our Proctors chose to spend their entire homecoming weekend with our WAVU students. That says something about the caliber of the people who work with us. WAVU would not be the same without our amazing staff!)
WAVU is a lot of fun, but it is also a little bittersweet. There were 79 students on campus last weekend, but there were a lot more who wanted to be here that we had to turn away because we were at capacity. Our classes also filled a lot faster than they ever have before. The good news is that we do have a little more space than normal next spring, so we are able to offer an additional class in 2013. We will announce our course listings soon (first on Facebook and Twitter, then our newsletter). Spring WAVU is February 23-24, 2013. We hope to see you there!
Also, if you had a great time last weekend, you might think about VSA! It is like WAVU, only bigger! VSA students spend more time in class learning from Vanderbilt scholars, making new friends, staying in the freshmen dorms, and getting a taste of college life! So we hope to see you next summer, too!