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Class of 2016: Sam Reilly turns his love of fine coffee into a social media app

May. 9, 2016—Sam Reilly does some of his best thinking when he’s out for a run with his Vanderbilt cross-country teammates. It is one of the rare moments in his busy schedule when he can stretch his mind along with his legs.

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Class of 2016: Sam Hoskins finds identity and purpose in mentoring first-year students

May. 5, 2016—Sam Hoskins has spent the last four years living on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. From his introduction to the residential community as a first-year student in Gillette House to his last three years as a resident adviser in North House, Hoskins says The Ingram Commons has played a significant role in his journey of self-discovery.

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Class of 2016: Michaela Novakovic mixes music and science

May. 5, 2016—Michaela Novakovic’s majors take her from the grand to the microscopic on a daily basis. The Sorrento, Florida, native and Blair School of Music senior is a double major in harp and molecular and cellular biology.

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Class of 2016: Connor D. Henderson advocates for human rights and the arts

May. 4, 2016—In his four years at Vanderbilt, Connor D. Henderson has become a strong advocate for expanded campus space and resources for student productions. Some of his favorite memories are of cultural showcases by the Vanderbilt performing arts community filled with music, dance and food.

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Class of 2016: Gabrielle Tate is designing cars—and her future

May. 4, 2016—School of Engineering senior Gabrielle Tate—Gabbey to her friends—has the drive it takes to make U.S. automakers take notice.

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Writers-in-residence impact, inspire first-year students

Apr. 29, 2016—The Writers-in-Residence program at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons mixes students from Vanderbilt’s highly regarded MFA creative writing program with students from the university’s first-year living and learning community to explore fiction and poetry.

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Class of 2016: Jack Coen creates a song cycle—from scratch

Apr. 29, 2016—On Leap Day—Feb. 29—Blair School of Music senior Jack Coen took a leap of faith. That night Coen, a composition and theory major, premiered his capstone project "Folk and Flora"—a song cycle based on flowers and how people relate to them—in Sarratt Cinema to a full house.

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Class of 2016: Safiah Hassan celebrates diversity and champions cultural exchange

Apr. 29, 2016—Growing up in small-town Kentucky, Safiah Hassan longed to live in a larger city with a diverse population. After coming to Vanderbilt, she made seeking out diverse communities a hallmark of her university experience.

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Class of 2016: Pranjal Gupta pursues chemical engineering, pre-med, film and more

Apr. 21, 2016—There’s the Pranjal Gupta dressed in kurta and pyjama, his feet keeping time with an impossibly fast Indian dance tune. And then there’s the Pranjal Gupta in a lab coat, peering through glasses at data on how children with autism integrate sight and sound.

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Class of 2016: Eunice Jun uses design to communicate visually and virtually

Apr. 20, 2016—Like many little girls, Eunice Jun was a ballerina growing up. But by the time the Los Angeles native arrived at Vanderbilt four years ago, she had traded in her toe shoes to cultivate twin interests in graphic design and technology, pursuing double majors in cognitive studies at Peabody College and computer science at the School of Engineering.

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Class of 2016: Ariel Helms’ past inspires her path for the future

Apr. 20, 2016—For Ariel Helms, a genealogy search when she was young revealed a long-kept secret: Her ancestors were Cherokee Native Americans.

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Class of 2016: Rani Banjarian discovers America—and his voice as a writer

Apr. 20, 2016—For Rani Banjarian, the summer of 2006 was the defining moment of his young life. For a month that summer, artillery and airstrikes were a daily occurrence as the unrest between his home country of Lebanon and neighboring Israel grew into the July War.

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