Remembering Oxford, Appreciating Vanderbilt

Every now and then, I have a strong memory of Oxford, usually when I’m walking somewhere, as I used to walk so much in Oxford.  Often, I think of and miss Oxford most on gray, rainy days.  Kyle always laughs that what most people would consider bad weather makes me miss England.  The other day, I was on my way to campus, listening to music on my phone, and I had one of those feelings.  Usually I’m walking with Kyle so I don’t have my headphones in, but his class started later that day so he had slept in.  In Oxford, I almost always had my headphones in.  I would get lost in my music on my long walks, sometimes forgetting to appreciate the scenery and historical sights around me.  Though Vanderbilt doesn’t have quite the historical significance of Oxford, it is a beautiful campus with trees and green all around, as well as a few older buildings.  And being at any institution of learning has a different feel for me than other places I walk.  While I do get stressed and sometimes wonder if a Ph.D. is the right path for me, I am so appreciative that we ended up here.  Though Nashville is more well-known for its country music stars and cowboy boots, it really does have a gem in Vanderbilt, and I’m glad I get to walk through that almost every day.  Here are a few pictures of what I get to see each day on my walk.

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