Passion has launched thousands of books, paintings, movies and songs. But a number of College of Arts and Science alumni are proof that passion ignites successful careers as well.
“Passion brings laser focus to things,” says Cindy Funk, director of Vanderbilt’s Career Center. “When you’re at a university like Vanderbilt with a strong College of Arts and Science, it provides the opportunity to explore things you’re passionate about. Those things can very well lead nicely to a career, though most people don’t think of it that way.”Read more »
Take two scholars, one specializing in U.S. literature, the other in British. Normally the classes they teach are as far apart as, well, as the width of the Atlantic Ocean. How can they challenge a group of graduate students—and themselves—into seeing the parallels in two subsets of literature, and indeed, the parallels to modern life?
I had a brilliant research project, one that I was sure would make an impact on people’s lives and the environment. The project was part of the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Summer Research Program (VUSRP), a research opportunity that affords students the opportunity to partner with a faculty mentor in a field of study.