The Parthenon on Wednesday March 03, 2021. (Hustler Multimedia/Emery Little)
The Parthenon on Wednesday March 03, 2021. (Hustler Multimedia/Emery Little)
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IN PHOTOS: Springing forward to a new Vanderbilt

Alex Venero ponders the springtime experience at Vanderbilt post-pandemic while showing off some of the best seasonal photos.
The springtime flowers blooming outside of EBI on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. (Hustler Multimedia/Emery Little) (Emery Little)

This spring at Vanderbilt has been a unique experience for all of us. Whether this is our last time walking past the blooms around campus or the first taking in the majesty of Kirkland, none of us were taking any of that in just a year ago. The COVID-19 pandemic has modified the normal that many of us knew so well, and in turn has taught us to appreciate the little things.

Spring in the South is picture perfect. Flowers and trees of all colors (pink, white and yellow just to name a few) envelop Vanderbilt’s campus. It is easy to get sucked into the gorgeous fantasy of it all, and students can frequently be seen stopping to admire the beauty of the season. The trees especially create a unique portrait of buildings, which in the winter seemed just to stand as large, looming structures. Vibrance returns life to these structures, the sun lighting them up to reinstate their majesty.

After a long fall and winter of limited in-person activities, Vanderbilt students flocked to Alumni and Wilson Lawn to study, play lawn games and enjoy the beautiful weather. We saw the return of performing arts through the Wilson Summer Stage and Vanderbilt Performing Arts Community (VPAC) performance. Student dance groups, a cappella groups and choral ensembles took the stage on a warm spring evening to showcase their work, much of which had been done virtually. It was an exciting time for all and a signal of normalcy here at Vanderbilt. Whether it be in the classroom, on the sports fields or on the stage, Vanderbilt students contribute in their own way while supporting their peers and groups on campus that they are not involved in.

Student watches VPACFest on Wilson Lawn on Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Hustler Multimedia/Josh Rehders) (Josh Rehders)

As the season winds down, many of us reflect on what this semester and year has been like for us. Many of us will return to these paths and trees and flowers in the fall, and some will go to new places whose paths veer far from here. Hopefully the beauty of Vanderbilt will never leave our 2021 graduates, and that the fall will see a return to the Vanderbilt we all know and love. 

The Parthenon on Wednesday March 03, 2021. (Hustler Multimedia/Emery Little) (Emery Little )


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About the Contributors
Alex Venero
Alex Venero, Former Multimedia Director
Alex Venero (‘23) is from Rumson, NJ. She is majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in World Politics. When not shooting for The Hustler, she can be found at almost any Vanderbilt Athletics event or exploring the food and coffee of Nashville. She can be reached at [email protected].    
Emery Little
Emery Little, Former Social Media Director
Emery Little (‘22) is from Birmingham, AL. She majored in communication of science and technology and Spanish. In her free time, she loves to design graphics, follow tech news and run her photography business. She can be reached at [email protected].
Mary Awopileda
Mary Awopileda, Former Digital Director
Mary Awopileda ('24) is from Providence, R.I., and is majoring in human and organizational development and computer science in Peabody College. She previously served as a staff photographer. You can reach her at [email protected].
Josh Rehders
Josh Rehders, Former Photography Director
Josh Rehders ('24) is from Houston and is studying computer science in the School of Engineering. When he is not shooting for The Hustler, Vanderbilt Athletics or freelancing, he enjoys finding new music and good food. He can be reached at [email protected].
Anjali Chanda
Anjali Chanda, Former Staff Photographer
Anjali Chanda (’23) is from Beverly, Massachusetts. She majored in sociology and English with a focus in creative writing. In the past, she wrote for the Arts and Society Section of the Greyhound Newspaper at Loyola University Maryland. In her free time, she can be found painting, writing stories or rewatching New Girl. She can be reached at [email protected].

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