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Why Vanderbilt?

I chose Vanderbilt for one reason: its balance. Even as a senior in high school, I could tell that at Vanderbilt, students were engaged in activities both on and off campus and in and outside of the classroom. While Vanderbilt is a selective institution, it doesn't have a competitive atmosphere. Students genuinely enjoy encouraging other students, exchanging ideas, and helping one another grow. Vanderbilt is also a high-spirited university with most of its students living on campus, Division I sports, and one of the most exciting cities in the United States.

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

Undergraduate Honor Council
Resident Advisor
Chancellor's Scholars
Vibe Hip-Hop Dance: Being a part of Vibe has been one of the best decisions I've made at Vanderbilt thus far. In fact, I consider Vibe to be my home away from home.I have formed some of my closest friendships, learned some of the toughest routines, and had some of the greatest performances.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

One of my favorite classes last semester was a sociology course titled "What is a Hate Crime?" with a professor named Laurie Woods. Professor Woods was so engaging and passionate about the subject, and helped us understand the material on a deeper level through seminar discussions, movie reflections, projects, and presentations. On the final day of class, she brought in Chick fil A for every single student to celebrate such a great semester.

Describe your experience becoming a part of the Vanderbilt community.

As a senior in high school, I was anxious about the transition from high school to college. However, when I came to Vanderbilt, the experience was a lot less difficult than I had anticipated. Students in my classes were eager to form study groups, my VUceptor and Resident Advisor scheduled one-on-one meetings with me to check-in and see how I was doing, and all of the Commons-wide programs made making friends so much easier than I expected. Ultimately, while transitioning from high school to college can be difficult, Vanderbilt made my experience so much easier through the resources it offers and Commons-wide programs.

What are your favorite books?

The Help
Invisible Man

Who are your favorite music artists?

Beyoncé
Rihanna
Drake

What are your favorite TV shows or Movies?

Scandal
The Bachelor

Katelyn Harris


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