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I chose Vanderbilt because I wanted a Southern school that balanced both strong academics with a vibrant social scene. I wanted a school where there was strong school spirit and support for its sports teams. Nashville was also a huge draw for me with downtown only being a couple miles from campus. I visited the school for the first time when I was a junior in high school with my mom. I fell in love with how beautiful the campus was during the day, and how alive the city of Nashville was walking around Broadway on a Wednesday night. The thing I loved the most was how great the people seemed to be at the school. I spent the weekend with a friend of mine who was an upperclassman, and I met so many amazing individuals who were committed not only to academics and success, but to so many other creative pursuits. Vanderbilt was a school that checked off all the boxes in a school that I was looking for. I applied Early Decision, and never looked back.
Describe a favorite activity/organization and why you like it.
Diwali was a really cool organization that I was a part of because it immersed me in a culture that was very different from my own. I got to perform Bhangra in a sold out showcase and got to meet people I would have never met had it not been for Diwali.
Describe a favorite class and why you like it.
One of my favorite classes has been my first year writing seminar: Disney in America. It was an intensive writing class centered around Disney movies and how Disney has changed throughout the years. I loved the class because never before in my life had I been asked to critically examine Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but doing so with other Vanderbilt peers was a very rewarding process.
What are your favorite books?
The Great Gatsby
Game of Thrones
Who are your favorite music artists?
Zac Brown Band
What are your favorite TV shows or Movies?
Game of Thrones
House of Cards