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Why Vanderbilt

I was waitlisted at Vanderbilt originally, and ended up having to choose between Vanderbilt and another school that I had previously committed to. I ended up choosing Vanderbilt for several reasons. For one, I did not believe any other school had a better combination of academic rigor, social life,and a city for the university to call home. Vandy's size was also perfect for me. It was not too big for me to just "fall into the crowd," and it was not too small for me to not be able to meet new people. I love being able to walk around campus and see people I know, and people I don't. One of the most important reasons I decided to attend Vanderbilt is because of something my mother said early in my senior year of high school. She said, "If you aren't having fun and if you aren't truly happy, then chances are, you probably won't be learning, either." This stuck with me particularly on my first tour of the school, during which I noticed how happy most of the students were. I wanted to be a student at a university with a collaborative environment and a vibrant social atmosphere. This is why I chose Vanderbilt.

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

I loved working with my House Advisory Committee freshman year as the Public Relations Chair. I enjoyed setting up weekly events for my Commons house and representing the house in Commons events.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

My favorite class was a Political Science class called "Causes of War." During the course, we took both statistical and theoretical approaches inunderstanding why conflict happens across history. The course also showed that not only is war fairly rare in the grand scheme of global politics, but also that it is becoming much rarer and simultaneously more complicated.Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.My most memorable off campus experience was taking two friends my freshman year to their first Nashville Predators game. The game was also the team's home opener, and despite the Preds losing 3-0, the tickets were cheap and the atmosphere was fantastic, so we still had a great time.

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

Movies -Ocean's Eleven, Interstellar, Rogue One

Books -Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Calico Joe, The Racketeer

TV shows -Ozark, Arrested Development

Musical Artists -Post Malone, John Mayer, Two Friends