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Why Vanderbilt?

When I was applying to colleges, I was looking for one that would give me the chance to learn in the classroom, yes, but also the chance to grow as a person. At Vanderbilt, this personal growth has been a defining part of my experience. The support students receive here, from faculty, administration, and especially other students, is incredible. And the best part about this is that there is so much effort put in to make sure the support does not shelter students from important issues and ideas, but rather creates a brave space for everyone to learn and grow through every interaction they have in this diverse environment.

List a few of your activities. Describe a favorite activity/organization and why you like it.

Tour guide
VUceptor
Resident Adviser
Writer for the Slant (a satirical news publication)
Member of Vanderbilt Student Government: VSG is one of my favorite organizations because it gives me the opportunity to improve Vanderbilt and transform campus into an even more inclusive and welcoming environment.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

My English class from my first year is probably the coolest class I've taken so far. It was a small class, so everyone participated in the discussions, making them really interesting. And the professor made the class entertaining too; any class that talks about Saussure one week and Dr. Suess the next is a good class to take.

Describe your experience becoming a part of the Vanderbilt community.

As an international student, I wasn't sure how easy it would be for me to fit in at Vanderbilt. But right off the bat, as soon as I moved in, I realized how nice everyone here is, to the point where whenever someone asks "what surprised you most after you started college in America?" my answer is how friendly the environment is. It was a difficult transition, much like any transition is, but everyone at Vandy made it much easier.

Who are your favorite music artists?

Mumford and Sons
Coldplay
Maroon 5
The cast of High School Musical

Jad Harake


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