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Applying to VSA: What You Need to Know

Jan. 5, 2015—We are glad to hear of your interest in Vanderbilt Summer Academy. Applying to VSA is, in many ways, like filling out a college application. So we know it can seem a little daunting. Here are a few things that may help make things easier. Of course, the most thorough information can be found on...

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VSA 2015 Essay Questions!

Nov. 21, 2014—The wait is over! Actually, that’s not quite true. It’s almost over. Chances are, if you are seeing this post, then you follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, our Facebook page, or maybe our other Facebook page. If you haven’t figured it out already, we are kind of obsessed with staying connected with you. Or...

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The Other Side of VSA

Sep. 17, 2014—By David J. Dunn, Educational Consultant for PTY I ran into a former VSA student a few days ago. She is a Vanderbilt freshman now. I recognized her because she appeared in a photo on our website. She recognized me because I was on my scooter. During the conversation, she said she was a bit...

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VSA Admissions: Round 5…

Feb. 14, 2014—So here’s where things stand… Session I – We will be swamped once Session I students get our catalog. Now is the best time to apply. Session II – We sent a lot of waitlist emails today. We hate that! The good news is that some of our classes still have room. Session III –...

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VSA 2014 Essay Questions

Dec. 23, 2013—Folks have been asking what the essay questions will be on the VSA application, and we’ve been saying that we will post them to our website at the end of the month. December 23 is close enough. So, without further ado, here are the essay prompts for this year’s application. One more thing before you...

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Making Med School 101

Nov. 14, 2013—Originally posted on November 14, 2013 Med School 101 is one of the hardest VSA courses to get into. Applicants jump at the chance to learn from med students and guest faculty at one of the top research hospitals in the country (Vanderbilt University Medical Center or VUMC for short). So we thought it would...

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Fall WAVU 2013 Recap

Oct. 29, 2013—By Academic Coordinator, David J. Dunn, Ph.D. One-hundred-and-one! That’s how many students we had this fall at our WAVU program. For those who don’t know, WAVU (pronounced “WAH-voo”) stands for “Weekend Academy at Vanderbilt University.” Students in grades 7-10 come to our campus one or two times a year to take courses taught by our...

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See You next Year!

Aug. 2, 2013—Vanderbilt Summer Academy wrapped up its 2013 summer sessions a few days ago. Once again we broke records for number of courses offered and student enrollment. If there were a record for fun, we would have broken that, too! In 2013 we admitted 518 students to 36 courses over three different sessions. Vanderbilt professors and...

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VSA Session II – “Home Town Tennessee”

Jun. 26, 2013—We have been asking students to send us samples of their work in class or notes about what they have been doing. Here is a submission by a student in “The Lyric,” our poetry class. Home Town Tennessee Living in a small town, Everyone knows everything. The world is so quiet. You can hear the...

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VSA Session II – Star Wars and Mythology

Jun. 25, 2013—We invited some VSA students to write short posts, letting us know what they were doing in class a few days ago. Here is a response from one student in Star Wars and Mythology.* In class today, we discussed the works and methods of Roland Barthes, the cultural critic, as well as watched Star Wars:...

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