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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?


What are your favorite TV shows or Movies?

The Bachelor

Katelyn Harris

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