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Why Vanderbilt

I have grown up in a very tight knit family that lives within a 20 mile radius of one another, and I have lived in the same house my entire life. I knew that the transition to college was not going to be easy for me, so I was looking for a very strong first-year experience. The Commons experience at Vanderbilt made me feel so at home and, looking back on it, I realize that the reason the transition to college was so smooth for me was because of the amazing bonds I made on the Commons. I could go on and on about it, but my favorite part about living on the Commons was having a professor and his or her family (and dog) living at the base of each of our dorms. The thing I missed most about home was my dad’s cooking, and when Dr. Noble barbecued for all of us on the lawn one Saturday, I realized that I was home.

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

I love being a part of the cutting edge research at Vanderbilt as an undergraduate. I feel that it is so unique for a university to be so focused on undergraduate research, and for researchers to vie for undergraduates.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

I took a class called Human Sexuality with my favorite kooky professor. To be able to talk about traditionally “taboo” topics freely in a class setting was extremely educational and contributed immensely to my academic experience.

Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.

My friends and I are determined to explore some part of Nashville every weekend, whether it is a new restaurant or a fun music venue. I remember one ambitious Saturday, we wanted to do everything. In the morning we hiked around Radnor lake about 15 minutes from campus, got lunch at the Farmer’s Market Food Hall downtown, and then went to the Breakaway music festival that night.

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

Any RomCom ever will make me cry.