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Pre-Advising Questions

The following questions will help guide your thinking prior to meeting with an Immersion adviser. You do not necessarily need to write out your answers, but being prepared to discuss each point will lead to a more productive advising session.

1. Am I in an academic program with a final project that counts for Immersion?

  • Departmental Honors - College of Arts and Science
  • Departmental Honors - Peabody College
  • HOD Capstone - Peabody College
  • Student Teaching - Peabody College
  • Senior Design Project - School of Engineering
  • Senior Honors Program in Musicology/Ethnomusicology - Blair School of Music
  • Senior Recital - Blair School of Music

Even if you answer yes to this question, you must still submit a plan proposal. Requirements for what to include vary by school/college. Reach out to the Office of Immersion Resources for guidance.

2. What interests do I have that I would like to explore more deeply? 

Consider the courses you are taking and those that you plan to take. Think about internships, jobs, research positions, service projects, and other experiences that promote exploration.

3. What extracurriculars am I involved in that have an experiential component?

An experiential component may include, but is not limited to, leadership roles, program development, teaching, performing, researching, and volunteering.

4. Are there experiential opportunities that I plan to pursue (e.g., an internship, study abroad, service work, etc.)?

How have your plans been informed by your interests, your academic program, and your extracurricular involvement?

5. What do I hope to share about my time as a Vanderbilt undergraduate student?

Think of one thing from any of the answers you gave to the above questions that best demonstrates your passions, interests, and goals.

6. What faculty do I know who can support me or offer guidance in developing an Immersion project?

Who is practicing in an area that interests you, and who may be able to connect you with them? Think about faculty who instruct courses you have taken or plan to take.