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Why Vanderbilt

I went on over two dozen college visits and Vanderbilt was the last school I checked out. I got to campus and immediately knew it was where I was meant to be. As a student here, my beliefs are reaffirmed every day when I take engaging classes, participate in meaningful student organizations, and am provided ample opportunities to expand my worldview and explore my interests, intellectual or otherwise.

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

Being a VUceptor is an incredibly rewarding experience. It's a very meaningful organization because it empowers the entire Vanderbilt community to become responsible for hearing and appreciating each other's unique stories and lived experiences through positive examples and providing all first-year students with the base they need to know that their opinions are validated and welcomed on campus.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

I took "Cultural Diversity in American Education" in the Special Education department with Professor Donna Ford in the Spring 2017 semester and fell in love with the material. Professor Ford is a prolific researcher and writer as well as an engaging lecturer and genuine human. The topics discussed in the class were inherently challenging because they forced us to grapple with the harsh realities of educational inequity in the United States, but the emphasis she placed on understanding how to act on these inequalities instead of just discussing them in a safe, academic setting was both important and impactful.

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