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As a transfer student, one of the most important things I was looking for was a close-knit community that would support me in my transition. As soon as I took my tour of Vanderbilt (with an always-lovely VU tour guide!), I knew that this school had the resources, camaraderie, and welcoming atmosphere that I was hoping I would find in my second college search. Vanderbilt consistently goes above and beyond to ensure students are supported every step of the way, and I can confidently say that comingto Vandy is one of the best decisions I have ever made!
Describe a favorite activity or organization and why you like it.
Competing with the Mock Trial team was a unique experience because it allowed me to participate in simulated trials with college students from all around the country!
Describe a favorite class and why you like it.
I had the opportunity to take a course with Professor Robert Barsky about the experience of refugees in Italy and France. Our semester final was left completely open to interpretation, so every student's submission essentially became a passion project. Students created everything from websites that could help put refugees in contact with the proper resources to designs for a boat that would be resistant to capsizing. For my final project, I compiled a book of generational stories from interviews I had conducted with refugees and their children; it was an incredible experience.
Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.
My first night in Nashville I decided to explore the city and ended up seeing my favorite band for free at the Live on the Green Music Festival downtown. I understood right then and there why they call Nashville the Music City!
List some of your favorite books, movies, TV shows, or musical artists.
I'm a big fan of documentaries! If it's on Netflix, I've definitely watched it by now.