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Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students have the option to have their creative expression immersive experiences and projects recognized on their transcripts. Students who are engaged in the artistic process have the potential to transform ideas into action, refine skills, and integrate knowledge with experience.

Approximately a third of graduating seniors report engaging in recitals, art creation and exhibition, theater, and other performance. Keep reading to see how current and former Vanderbilt students have combined their passions with academics to engage in truly immersive creative expression experiences.


Andrew Grant, Arts and Science
Majors: Earth & Environmental Sciences 

Grant traveled with Vanderbilt professor Dan Morgan to Antarctica for a month. They studied ice and how it has changed over hundreds of thousands of years. To communicate this experience he wrote a scientific paper and directed and sang in a musical revue about humans’ impact on the environment with Original Cast, a Vanderbilt theater group. Read more.

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Matthew Shorten, Blair
Major: Composition

Amid an unprecedented pandemic, Shorten is readily preparing for the experience of a lifetime as a scholar in the VOCES8 U.S. Scholars program. From auditions to compositions, the extensive coursework and experiences he gained as a Composition major have served as the foundation of his preparation for the program. Read more.


Samantha Long, Blair
Major: Musical Arts (voice)

Long attended Prague Summer Nights, last summer, touring the Czech Republic as the Second Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute, and spent the rest of the summer in France at Festival Lyrique International de Belle-Île en Mer in the ensemble of Elixir of Loveby Donizetti. Read more.


Rama Kumaran, Blair
Major: Music (flute)

After his first year at Blair Kumaran became the youngest person to win first place at the National Flute Assoication's annual Young Arist Competition and appeared on the NPR radio program From the Top. Read more.