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When applying to college, I sought a community of ambitious, well-balanced students, equally motivated inside and outside the classroom. I wanted an eloquent campus, but also the proximity to a vibrant city. To me, Vanderbilt epitomized those descriptions and came to mean so much more. Our campus fosters a culture of care and collaboration, as well as an ideal balance between academics and social life. As a mid-sized research institution, Vanderbilt has the energy and spirit of a large SEC Division 1 university, while also offering the phenomenal resources, one-on-one faculty interactions, research opportunities, and tight-knit sense of community found at smaller schools. Additionally, Vanderbilt facilitates the smoothest possible transition into freshman year, from the Commons Experience to Visions orientation groups to the first-year programming events of residential advisors and faculty heads of house. I love the accessibility of all professors, the ability to so easily explore Nashville, the variety of student organizations, and above all, the friends that become family.
Describe a favorite activity or organization and why you like it.
First semester freshman year, I decided to join Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science (VSVS) because it offers a meaningful and rewarding opportunity to serve our local Nashville community, while inspiring a passion for science in younger students. I am able to share my enthusiasm for science through lessons such as “Chemistry in a Ziploc Bag,” “Glow-in-the-Dark Slime,” and “Magic Sand,” while also serving as a role model and mentor to my students. I have loved helping to foster a growing interest in and appreciation for science among Nashville's youth.
Describe a favorite class and why you like it.
One of my favorite classes was my small, discussion-based freshman writing seminar, entitled “Normal Irrational Behavior,” which I took for AXLE credit first semester freshman year. I found it so intriguing to explore irrationalities in vision, memory, attention, perception, and decision-making that occur in our everyday lives. I thought the course presented the perfect balance between objective psychological science, more subjective patterns of irrational thought and behavior, and essential college writing skills.
Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.
One of my favorite Nashville spots is the Listening Room, a unique downtown venue that provides a true "Music City" experience. Moving to Nashville, I was very excited about the music scene, and the Listening Room offers original music performances from up-and-coming songwriters, local Nashville bands, and other popular singers.