Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students would have the option to have their creative expression immersive experiences and projects recognized on the transcript. 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.
Ian Herrera, Blair
Major: Composition and Theory
During his junior year Herrera designed a yearlong study abroad research project to complete his thesis that led him to Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, to study and compose sambas. 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.
Briana Francois, Arts and Science
Major: Psychology and Cinema and Media Arts
Francois gained valuable production experience as an intern for Nashville Public Television. As the Vanderbilt Career Center’s first-ever media manager, she created a podcast called Wandering Off for which she interviewed notable alumni about the not-always-linear paths they’ve taken to career success. Read more.