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Why Vanderbilt
When I initially began my college search, I knew I wanted to venture outside of Arizona and experience real seasons for the first time, but that was basically all I was going off of. I was drawn to Vanderbilt almost immediately after first learning about it because it seemed to have everything I knew I wanted in a college experience: great dining options, a variety of student orgs, generous financial aid, a student population that wasn't too small or too big, Division I sports, challenging academics, school spirit, a location in a dynamic and exciting city, and, of course, SEASONS! However, there are also so many things I have come to love about Vanderbilt since stepping foot on campus that I wasn't expecting: the incredible community feel that came with living on Commons; the fact that I can't walk anywhere for more than five minutes without passing someone I know, or am at least acquainted with; and how quickly Vanderbilt felt like home after first-year move-in, even amidst crazy nerves that I wouldn't make any friends and would miss my dog (and parents) too much to bear. My most valuable shower epiphany to date is definitely the one where I realized I had to apply Early Decision to Vanderbilt, and every day I am so grateful I get to go to school here!

Describe a favorite activity/organization and why you like it (2-3 sentences).
Vanderbilt Hillel has been the organization that has had the greatest impact on me since before classes even began my first year, allowing me to feel more connected to my Jewish faith and culture. The staff members are the warmest and most welcoming people, and Hillel's student leaders and committees put together so much programming throughout the school year surrounding the Jewish holidays, as well as just to help students de-stress and have fun, that is open to the entire Vanderbilt community. It's so comforting to know that Hillel is always there if I need a place to relax, eat, or chat with someone, as there are always people there!

Describe a favorite class and why you like it (2-3 sentences).
One of my favorite classes I have taken at Vandy was Adolescent Development with Dr. Leigh Scheer. It was so interesting to learn about the ways that people progress from childhood to adolescence and all of the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive changes that go along with this transition. Although this was technically considered a "lecture" class, it was unlike any lecture class I had ever taken before in the way that Dr. Scheer was constantly coming up with new and compelling ways to teach us the material, and she really encouraged us to think critically about the subject matter with our classmates.

Describe your most memorable Nashville/off-campus experience.
My most memorable Nashville experiences have definitely been all the concerts I have been able to go to! Never have so many concerts been so accessible to me, and as a live-music fanatic, I have been in heaven living in Nashville. A few of my friends and I have been trying to go to one concert a month, even if it is for a small band that we are pretty unfamiliar with and costs $12 to attend. I have discovered so many new artists this way! It's also so nice that most concert venues I have been to are no more than a 20 minute Uber ride from campus, which takes so much stress off of going to concerts on school nights.

List some of your favorite books, movies, TV shows, or musical artists.
Books: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

Movies: Get Out, La La Land, The Intern

TV Shows: The Office, Gilmore Girls, New Girl, The Bachelor

Artists: Taylor Swift, Twenty One Pilots, Quinn XCII