We are thrilled to present the inaugural issue of Vanderbilt Lives, Vanderbilt's new undergraduate journal for creative nonfiction. This collection of twenty spectacular nonfiction essays, reflections, and memoirs provides the rare opportunity to hear from Vanderbilt students at their most personal, introspective, and distinctive. These essays range from thought provoking to heartbreaking to hilarious, and we hope that you savor each one. The editorial team here at Vanderbilt Lives would like to thank the English Department, the College of Arts and Science, and The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy for their support. Please enjoy The First Issue: and so our stories begin!