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Why Vanderbilt

I chose Vanderbilt becauseI fell in love with the beauty of the campus even when I visited on a cold February day. I could see myself fitting here and lived the idea of existing in an academically stimulating environment that was still collaborative between students.

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

My favorite organization on campus is Alternative Spring Break, or ASB, which sends hundreds of students across the country to do meaningful service for Spring Break. I love that ASB is based on education, service, and reflection alongside other Vandy students that you don't already know super well. It's such a great way to bond across various campus groups through a common mission.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

My favorite class so far has been the History of Women's Health and Sexuality, taught be Dr. Arleen Tuchman. I loved this class because it challenged the ways I think about medicine as an exact science my looking at medicine through a historical lens. Dr. Tuchman was so great at facilitating classroom discussion, so we were able to engage with the readings and each other on a really meaningful level. That class holds some of my best memories at Vanderbilt!

Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.

Spring 2018 I interned off campus and the Mary Parrish center, a nonprofit closely related to Vanderbilt whose mission of restoring and healing survivors of domestic violence is closely aligned with my personal interests. I went there a few times a week and did community outreach, spreading materials about the wonderful center to other like-minded organizations in the area. I also created a resource book for the office to use when calls came into the center that we were not able to provide service for. It was so fun to get off campus and engage with the Nashville community!

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

I am a BIG fan of Mamma Mia, and When Harry Met Sally as far as movies go.

My favorite TV Shows are Friday Night Lights, Gilmore Girls, and Parks and Recreation, but I also secretly watch the Bachelor sometimes