Immersion Vanderbilt Creative Expression Pathway logo: Outlines of a music note, a camera, and a paintbrush.

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.

 Rani Banjarian holds open a book and smiles, looking directly at the viewer.

Rani Banjarian, Arts and Science

Majors: English and Physics

Wrote a short story “Lullabies in Arabic,” which won the 2016 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. Banjarian traveled to Florida in spring 2016 to give a reading of the story at the Conference of the Fantastic. Read more.

Jack Coen stands in a garden. He wears a flannel shirt and looks at the viewer.

Jack Coen, Blair

Major: Composition

Produced and composed Folk and Flora—a song cycle based on flowers and how people relate to them—in Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Cinema to a full house. He also created a documentary film about people and plants that served as the “book” to tie the songs together. Read more.

Khairul Kamarulzaman crouches among orange and gold leaves and smiles at the viewer.

Khairul Kamarulzaman, Engineering

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Created an award-winning video, Postcard, in which he shares his experience as a Malaysian student studying abroad and traveling with friends to Texas and through several West Coast states. Read more.

Megan Piphus smiles and holds two ventriloquist dummies on either side of her. Bright stage lights shine on her in a black box theatre.

Megan Piphus, Arts and Science

Major: Economics

Continued her Color My Dream program, which uses mentoring, ventriloquism, puppetry and music to encourage youth to reach for their dreams. Read more.

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