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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

IN PHOTOS: Spring Break 2023

Over break, our staffers enjoyed cities and beaches, home and new places.
Ophelia Lu
A view at the Museum of Modern Art visitors from above, as photographed on Mar. 13, 2023. (Hustler Multimedia/Ophelia Lu)

This spring break, our staffers took to both coasts and across the country to enjoy their time off. From enjoying the sun by the beach to exploring new cities, keep reading to see what they did to relax and recharge.

Ophelia Lu, Staff Photographer

After a 4:30 a.m. CDT wakeup call and braving the Nashville airport the week before spring break, I made it to New York City for my break. It immediately reminded me of a quote from The Great Gatsby.

“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty of the world,” F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote. 

As my Uber driver took me across the bridge, I couldn’t agree more. In the city, I tried to capture the hustle and bustle, the peacefulness, the urban spirit and the people. These metropolitan snapshots are a glimpse into a very different life in a vastly different city. To the people and city in motion: O, New York! 

Barrie Barto, Photography Director

This spring break I decided to try my hand at the bi-coastal lifestyle. I started with a road trip down to Destin, Florida for a beach vacation with my girlfriends from Vanderbilt. We soaked in the UV rays and visited beach towns such as Seaside. 

After a quick stop through Nashville to watch the opening NIT game for Vanderbilt, I flew out to Palm Springs, California for the end of the week. 

Narenkumar Thirmiya, Deputy Photography Director

For spring break, I went back home to Orlando, Florida to relax and rest. I wasn’t really up to much, so I took pictures of plants that were beginning to grow in my backyard garden during the spring season.

Isabella Bautista, Deputy Life Editor

For spring break, I returned home to Easton, Pennsylvania. The day after I came back, I met up with my extended family for lunch at Stone House restaurant in New Jersey. On the way there, I pulled over at a scenic lookout spot along the highway for a nice view of the town below.

Two of the things I missed most about home while at college were being able to see the stars almost every night and having a car I could hop into at any time to drive to my favorite lookout spots. I made sure to do both of these things before spring break was over.

Jorie Fawcett, Life Editor

Before heading north to go home for spring break, my mom and I spent the weekend exploring Nashville like tourists. We went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, had dinner at the L&L Market and ended with a country music medley at the Grand Ole Opry. As Vanderbilt students, it is really easy to get caught up in the “Vanderbilt Bubble,” so I really enjoyed getting to check out some iconic Nashville sites beyond West End Ave. 

Lexie Perez, Graphics Director

For spring break, I stayed by the beach on Anna Maria Island, Florida with my family, a friend and my dog Jovie. We read on the beach, swam in the ocean and listened to lots of good throwback music.

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About the Contributors
Barrie Barto
Barrie Barto, Editor-in-Chief
Barrie Barto ('25) is majoring in medicine, health & society with neuroscience and communication of science & technology minors in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Photography Director. When she's not strolling around campus with her camera, you can find Barrie cheering on the St. Louis Blues or tracking down the best gluten-free food in Nashville. She can be reached at [email protected].
Ophelia Lu
Ophelia Lu, Deputy Photography Editor
Ophelia Lu (’26) is from Los Angeles and is double majoring in biomedical and electrical engineering in the School of Engineering. She previously served as a staff photographer. When not covering events and sports games for The Hustler, you can find her listening to a lot of music, studying at Starbucks or lying on Alumni lawn. She can be reached at [email protected].
Narenkumar Thirmiya
Narenkumar Thirmiya, Staff Photographer
Narenkumar Thirmiya ('24) is from Orlando, Fla., and is majoring in neuroscience and medicine, health, and society in the College of Arts and Science. When not shooting for The Hustler, he is streaming TV, playing the piano or guitar or exploring nature photography. You can reach him at [email protected].
Isabella Bautista
Isabella Bautista, Life Copy Editor
Isabella Bautista (‘26) is double majoring in mathematics and psychology and minoring in biological sciences on the pre-medical track in the College of Arts and Science. She is from Easton, Pa. When not writing for The Hustler, she can be found spending hours alone in a piano practice room, photographing Vanderbilt squirrels with her Canon camera or poring over research papers in the lab she works in. She can be reached at [email protected]  
Jorie Fawcett
Jorie Fawcett, Senior Advisor
Jorie Fawcett ('25) is from Tiffin, Ohio, and studies secondary education and sociology in Peabody College. She previously served as Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor and Life Editor. When not writing for The Hustler, you can find her teaching, reading or pretending to study at Local Java or Suzie's. You can reach her at [email protected].
Lexie Perez
Lexie Perez, Graphics Editor
Lexie Perez (‘26) is from Northern Virginia and is majoring in climate studies and human and organizational development and minoring in business in the College of Arts and Science. She enjoys listening to 70s and 80s pop music, doing the daily Wordle and rooting for the Nashville Predators and Cincinnati Bengals. She can be reached at [email protected].
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