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Vanderbilt stood out to me for the community and the academics. I absolutely love Peabody, and I am so glad that I am able to study education under world-class programs and faculty. Unlike many other top-notch universities, the community here is one of support rather than competition. The community made all the difference for me, and that's why I'm so grateful to be part of it!
Describe a favorite activity or organization and why you like it.
I love being a part of Vanderbilt Hillel, one of the two jewish cultural and religious centers affiliated with campus. There are tons of activities and activities that are based in Hillel, and there is a huge community as a result. I often attend Shabbat dinners on Friday nights, which are a wonderful opportunity to unwind and eat some great home-cooked food. I am on the First Year Students of Hillel board, which works to program events for jewish students all over campus.
Describe a favorite class and why you like it.
As a part of the teacher licensure program, all first year education students take a class called Society, School, and the Teacher, which explores the ways in which social issues play a part in the american education system. The class challenges all students to examine their school experience in the context of the issues plaguing public education. I love that the class asks us to consider why to teach, not how.
Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.
One of my favorite experiences thus far has been volunteering with the Nashville Food Project through Vanderbilt's Challah for Hunger. Just a short car ride from campus, we were able to help with meal preparation and hear about all of the cool ways that the Nashville community works together to help those in need. It was tons of fun, and a great way to learn more about the city!
List some of your favorite books, movies, TV shows, or musical artists.
My favorite TV shows are Boy Meets World, How I Met Your Mother, The Good Place, and Modern Family. My favorite movies include most Disney Pixar films, plus a few others! I love Carrie Underwood, Coldplay, Jon Bellion, Bastille, and lots of musical theatre.