While Vanderbilt caught my attention with its outstanding education program in Peabody, rigorous academics overall and stand-out school spirit, it was Nashville that truly captured my heart and convinced me there was no place I'd rather be.
List a few of your activities. Describe a favorite activity/organization and why you like it.
I'm involved in intramural soccer, Greek life, performing around campus (playing guitar and singing), and volunteering at Susan Gray (the preschool on campus). This year, I am co-president of the Murray House-Susan Gray Fellowship that matches Vandy students with preschoolers, ones both typically developing and with learning and other disabilities. Each student visits the Susan Gray buddy once a week for all 4 years! It's my favorite activity because it allows me to pursue my passion education and kids, while giving me a fun break in the middle of the week to play on the Susan Gray playground in the gorgeous Nashville weather!
Describe a favorite class and why you like it.
One of my (many) favorite classes here has been Ethnomusicology: the study of music as therapy and education to prevent HIV/AIDS in sub-saharan Africa. I loved it because while I'm a Peabody student, I was able to take a class with a Blair professor who was an expert in the field, and made the subject so interesting and relevant that I couldn't stop talking to everyone about it and doing more research on my own!
Describe your experience becoming a part of the Vanderbilt community.
For me, I felt like a part of the Vanderbilt community the minute I got to campus as a first-year, pulling into the parking lot with the Move Crew cheering, smiling, and giving me the greatest welcome into their world I could have imagined. This year, I was on the other side of Move Crew and was able to welcome in the next set of Commodores, an honor that gave me the chills as each car pulled up.
What are your favorite books?
My favorite books are The Giver, Divergent, Grendel, the Language of Flowers, and the Series of Unfortunate Events
Who are your favorite music artists?
Mumford & Sons, Sam Hunt, Taylor Swift, Phillip Phillips, Ed Sheeran
What are your favorite TV shows or Movies?
10 Things I Hate About You, When Harry Met Sally, Crazy Stupid Love, Pirates of the Caribbean, Friday Night Lights