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Owen Bloggers (OB) sat down for an informal chat with John Cole (JC) to hear about his experience as a first-year Owen student, and a wide receiver for the Vanderbilt Football Team.
(OB): John, thanks for joining me. I apologize in advance for the title of this chat. Finals week killed my creative juices. How is life shaping up after Mod 2 finals?
(JC): No problem. Life is good. Glad to be finished with finals and now I can concentrate my efforts on finishing up the season strong with the Music City Bowl.
(OB): Nice! I am sad that my ops career is over. Ok. That was a lie. What has been your favorite part about Owen?
(JC): The community and getting to know my classmates has definitely been the best part. I enjoy the diversity of the class and how many people have unique backgrounds and work experiences. For me being on the younger side of the class and coming straight from undergrad I have learned a lot from my classmates who have real world work experience.
(OB): What has been the most challenging part?
Owen recently expanded its space with an addition in the Center Building. This area is open 24/7 and accessible only via our Owen keycard. We’ve compiled a few things you should know about our new space in this building…
5 Things You Should Know about the Center Building:
1) New features installed in meeting rooms
The Center Building features 3 spacious meeting rooms newly equipped with white boards and large flat-screen TVs for group work. The rooms can each comfortably seat 6 people and are currently available to reserve using the “Reserve a Room” system on Blackboard.
2) Convenient on-site printing
A high speed printer has recently been installed between meeting rooms 2 and 3 to accommodate on-site printing needs. The Center Building printer can be added to your computer through print.owen.vanderbilt.edu. Please check in with the IT support group located on the first floor of the Walker Library if you need any assistance.
With Mod 1 final exams over in October, many of my classmates began a well-deserved weeklong break from school. As a first-year Health Care MBA, however, I prepared for the first step in earning the “health care” part of my degree: Immersion Week. I, like most of my fellow Health Care MBA’s, came to Owen specifically for the health care specialization and had been hearing about Immersion Week and its purpose—experiencing the clinical side of health care before starting our education on the business side—for months. I had signed up for my clinical rotations, sent in my scrub sizes, picked up my Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) badge, and was ready to go.
One of the most anticipated (and for some, scary) parts of the week was the operating room rotations. I arrived at VUMC bright and early on my assigned day, suited up in hospital scrubs, cap, mask, and booties, and was ushered through an OR door. Soon, I was standing a few feet away from two plastic surgeons as they tried to save a motorcycle accident victim’s leg from amputation by repairing blood vessels and applying skin grafts. Fortunately I’m not squeamish because the injuries were severe enough that the nurses seemed concerned I might faint just looking at the leg before the surgery even began. I walked out afterwards never wanting to ride a motorcycle, but before going under anesthesia the patient insisted that he would be back on his soon.
There are a number of fun activities to take part in in Nashville, and Halloween is always a great time to get out and enjoy what the city has to offer. Recently a group of 2nd years headed out to Honeysuckle Hill Farm’s Haunted Woods and Corn Maze to scare ourselves silly in celebration of Halloween. We caravanned out to the location and immediately started getting into the fall spirit, jumping around on the “Corn Popper,” a giant trampoline populated entirely by children until we showed up. The kids jumping around us definitely outlasted us on that, although Taylor did succeed in “cracking the egg” with Skylar.
Next, we made our way to the Corn Maze, studied the map, and then headed in, but somehow the maze didn’t seem to correspond to the map we’d seen. After wandering around for 30 minutes or so we finally made our way back out to the maze entrance, where we were told we’d been lost in the “kiddie” maze the entire time and hadn’t even made it into the actual adult maze pictured on the map, oops.
Profiling is an ugly thing. Back in January, I was asked for my ID at the Peabody Commons late one night when I went to get a snack because I didn’t fit the “typical student profile.” I know I was profiled because when I asked the guard if I was being profiled, she said, “I’m doing all that.” After filing a complaint, I haven’t seen her there again. It appears she’s “doing all that” somewhere else now.
It is frustrating and anger provoking to be treated that way. It is particularly anger provoking to be treated that way on the campus of a university where I have paid $43,000 a year to attend. Capitalism lesson: service and respect flows in the opposite direction that the money flows.
I am happy to report that this is the opposite treatment that I have received at Owen and from my fellow Owenites.
Now, what I’m about to say is going to shock most of my classmates. I know because of the way I act, the music I listen to, my warped sense of humor, and my rugged and youthful appearance, most assume that I am about 16 years old. I am actually 47. Yes. 4 and 7, 47.