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I came to Vanderbilt because I felt that this place had a balance. A balance between too big or too small, too academic or too athletic, too quiet or too alcoholic. Vandy seemed like the place where I could find happy mediums.
Describe a favorite activity or organization and why you like it.
Perhaps my favorite org would be the campus humor publication The Slant. We write satire a la The Onion, make videos a la Saturday Night Live, and do standup a la Netflix. This org has given me hope to pursue a comedy career following my time at Vanderbilt.
Describe a favorite class and why you like it.
I took a writing seminar on the History of Witchcraft, and despite the incredibly eclectic nature of the topic, it was fascinating. The class talked about how people began believing in the supernatural, and it was a delightfully weird approach to what could've been a much more docile Medieval History course.
Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.
I saw John Mulaney perform his standup special "Kid Gorgeous" at the Ryman Auditorium here in Nashville. I was seated directly behind a pole, and yet it still remains the best live show I have ever seen. The performing arts scene in Nashville is incredible.
List some of your favorite books, movies, TV shows, or musical artists.
Books: "Newfoundland" by Allan Wolf, "S" by Doug Dorst, "Kavalier and Klay" by Michael Chabon
Movies: "About Time," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Do the Right Thing"
TV Shows: "Parks and Rec," "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
Music: Hozier, Arlie, showtunes