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Why Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt is a place that provides accessibility and community. Arriving on campus as a first-year student can be intimidating. Vanderbilt is a nationally ranked, prestigious university and has been in the top rankings for happiest students on campus in recent years. No student at Vanderbilt should ever feel hesitant to approach a professor, faculty member, or even a student on campus. In my experience with Vanderbilt, we do boast some of the happiest students. If you don’t believe me, sit outside of Commons Dining Hall and people watch for five minutes, that’s all it will take, to see it first-hand. I have never been surrounded by such a welcoming yet intelligent group of individuals that bring so much to Vanderbilt’s campus. The only place on campus that you will not see students interacting in this manner is on floor eight of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, where the golden rule of this floor is silence. I will say that this is my absolute favorite place to study. In my experience with Vanderbilt, and it has only been a month, I am confident I have made the right decision as Vanderbilt is already a big part of who I am.

Describe a favorite activity or organization and why you like it.

My favorite organization that I am involved with on campus is Grassroots. As an Ingram Scholar, I am devoted to service and volunteering in the Nashville area. Grassroots provides great service opportunities for volunteers to get involved off campus.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

My favorite class at Vanderbilt right now is the History of Country Music. I am a lover of country music and jumped at the opportunity tolearn more about what makes it so interesting and the most influential people behind it.

Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.

For parent's weekend, my family and I took a stroll down 12 South and got to visit a lot of the shops and picture spots there. We ate some great food and got to spend quality time together. We went to Las Paletas to get popsicles, and I had the best popsicle I've ever had. I will always remember this day!

List some of your favorite books, movies, TV shows, or musical artists.

Movie: Ferris Bueller's Day OffTV Shows: The Office, Stranger Things, The Good PlaceMusical Artists: Adele, Luke Combs, Khalid, Post Malone, Morgan Wallen