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 Why Vanderbilt

To me, Vanderbilt truly embodies one crucial trait: balance. When applying to schools, the criteria at the forefront of my mind was, of course, academics, but also what I thought was an idealized version of a mix between a suburban and urban campus, school and extracurriculars, and an atmosphere that contained a balance of types of thought. Yet, the moment I stepped on Vanderbilt's campus, I knew that somehow it fit perfectly in all of those areas. Nestled down the street from downtown Nashville, I can access all the amenities and experiences of a city, while still living on a luscious arboretum of a campus. Not only that, but Vanderbilt is the perfect combination of academics and extracurriculars. Yes, we study, we are college students after all, but just as often as I see someone studying, I'll see someone else playing frisbee on the lawn or going to a concert. All in all, Vanderbilt embodies a type of balance I never thought was possible until I visited campus.

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

My favorite organization is Vanderbit MentorADore. I may be slightly biased, but this is largely because I was able to personally form the organization just because there was a need on campus that wasn't being met prior to its inception. Also, it is an incredible experience getting to see the impact of the peer mentorship pairings that we set up on new first-years who may have otherwise known nothing about campus.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

My favorite class was Harry Potter and Child Development last semester. It was a writing class in which we essentially just wrote about and analyzed Harry Potter's child development and the impact being an orphan had on his later personality. The class was incredibly engaging and gave more depth to the children's series than I ever thought possible.

Describe your experience becoming a part of the Vanderbilt community.

The transition to college for anyone is inherently a difficult one, but Vanderbilt genuinely put in effort to make the process much easier. When I got onto campus with the introduction of Move Crew, I was automatically welcomed by every single student. People I didn't even know would smile and wave at me and invite me to eat meals or do different activities with them, it was truly incredible. Also, all of the events we had as first-year students on Commons like Visions groups and Anchor Dash allowed me to feel more comfortable connecting with people I may not have found otherwise.

What are your favorite books? 

Paper Towns by John Green, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

Who are your favorite music artists? 

The 1975, Billie Eilish, the Head and the Heart, and Halsey.

What are your favorite TV shows or Movies? 

Jenna Feltes


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