Vanderbilt offered me the resources and hands on experience to explore the teaching professions, while also providing me an environment to develop my interests outside the classroom. I wanted a place with a supportive and collaborative environment, where I could deepen my passion for teaching with other extracurricular passions. I have become highly involved in organizations I didn't even know existed prior to coming to Vanderbilt and it has thus fueled my interest in other fields as well.
Describe a favorite activity/organization and why you like it.
My favorite organization is Relay for Life where we raise money for the American Cancer Society. Relay for Life has shown me how every person is touched by cancer and we are all dealing with some sort of hardship in our lives. It has allowed me to become closer to the Vanderbilt community in hearing other peoples stories, while working for such a good cause.
Describe a favorite class and why you like it.
My favorite class has been a seminar focused on the history of K-12 and higher education. This class was the most work I have ever done, but it was the first time I felt fully engrossed in a topic and the professor fueled my interest in learning more and doing additional optional research based on our discussions in class.
Describe your experience becoming a part of the Vanderbilt community.
I was slightly overwhelmed by the Move-Crew process and founders walk during my first few days at Vanderbilt, but I did finally feel a part of something. It is scary coming into a new environment, but Vanderbilt truly welcomes you in with opened arms. Once I decided to join student organizations on campus I really felt like I was creating my own Vanderbilt community and story.
What are your favorite books?
The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell
Who are your favorite music artists?
Rascal Flats, Adele, Justin Timberlake
What are your favorite TV shows or Movies?
How I Met Your Mother, Friends, Diners Drive-ins and Dives, Mulan, She's the Man