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It was very hard for me when I was choosing a college to decide where was best for me. Choosing Vanderbilt boiled down tothree main factors that truly made it clear to me. First, the location was key. I didn't realize until late into my search that I needed to be in a city. Nashville provides a great city scene with loads of local music to listen to and great opportunities for internships and entertainment. The second factor was the cost. While Vanderbilt may have a price tag that seems out of reach, the Office of Financial Aid is one of the best financial aid offices out there with a policy of meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need without loans. This makes Vanderbilt a school of opportunity for many. The third, and for me the most important factor, was the feel of the campus. When I stepped on campus and took my tour, I knew this was the place for me. I could tell you about how we have the happiest students or show you a class; but until I saw campus fully, saw the students being jovial as they walk to class, saw the beauty of this place I was unsure. It was when I was here that realized, I had found my new home.
Describe a favorite activity or organization and why you like it.
One of my favorite organizations on campus that I am a part of is Double Major A Cappella. Though I had never really explored my singing abilities, I was determined to be a part of a singing group while on campus. After an obscene amount of auditions, I was accepted into the group that has become like my second family. It is so much fun to perform and make others happy while also bonding with a group of people who have made my Vanderbilt experience thus far so great.
Describe a favorite class and why you like it.
My favorite class so far has been Introduction to Latin American Studies. Not only is the professor amazing, but the course material is extremely interesting as it surveys so many different topics across the region. My favorite part of the class so far has been the ability to use the final research paper as a way to further explore a facet of Latin American history in my own way.