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Why Vanderbilt

I didn't grow up with my heart set on Vanderbilt - in fact, I applied on a whim after the application deadline was extended because of a CommonApp crash my senior year of high school. Having never been on to campus, I wasn't seriously considering Vandy until my mom and I decided to visit on Admitted Students Day (around a month before I needed to commit to a school). Surprisingly, as indecisive as I am, I stepped foot onto campus that spring day and knew I had found my place. School was in session at the time, and the liveliness of the students really sold me. My mom and I decided to explore campus on our own after our tour and of course got lost about 5 times on our way back to our car. Each time we found ourselves lost, though, there was a friendly student who would come our way and point is in the right direction. It's this same willingness to help one another that has made me love Vanderbilt as a student today. Our mid-sized school means that, although I certainly don't know everyone on campus, I'm able to walk to class and pass by at least a few friendly faces each time. I think that our size keeps us accountable to each other. Rather than being competitive I would describe our academic culture as collaborative. I made many friends over Chemistry study sessions in my freshman dorm. Vanderbilt was extremely welcoming both socially and academically to me, someone who came to campus not knowing a single other person. I'm getting so sad watching the years fly by and really don't ever want to leave!

Describe a favorite activity/organization and why you like it.

I've loved being a part of Glamour Gals, an organization that takes weekly trips to nursing homes so that us students can do the ladies' nails and keep them company! I was highly involved in a similar club in high school and figured there was no way I'd find the same thing when coming to college, but I am so glad that I did!

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

My favorite class at Vanderbilt was my first year writing seminar called Understanding Autism! In a class of only 15 students during my first semester here, I learned so much and became so close with the professor (who is still an mentor to me today) that it changed what I thought I wanted to do with my life after graduation. Now I'm extremely passionate about working with people with disabilities.

Who are your favorite music artists?

Anything Disney!

What are your favorite TV shows or Movies?

Favorite TV show: Gilmore Girls


 

Katie Nunes


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