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Why Vanderbilt
I love so many things about Vanderbilt -- the city of Nashville, the world-class education, the infinite opportunities inside and outside of the classroom -- but as cheesy as it sounds, my favorite part is the people. I knew the second I set foot on campus that Vanderbilt would be my home. The people here are brilliant, talented, and driven, yes, but they're also incredibly kind. I chose Vanderbilt because students care deeply about fostering a compassionate and supportive community, and that community has been even more wonderful than I imagined. When I visited Vanderbilt as a potential transfer, I talked to a student who had transferred several years prior and asked him whether he was happy with his decision. He looked me in the eyes and replied that transferring to Vanderbilt was one of the best decisions he'd ever made, and that he was a Commodore for life. It is a pleasure and a privilege that I can now honestly say that coming to Vanderbilt is one of the best decisions I ever made, and I, too, am a Commodore for life.

Describe a favorite activity/organization and why you like it.
I love VUDU because it's an incredibly welcoming, supportive, goofy environment. We have people of all class years and skill levels on the team, and although we do want to be competitive (we are consistently ranked one of the top teams in the southeast), we always prioritize inclusivity and fun, which I think is very representative of the Vanderbilt community as a whole.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.
My favorite class I've taken was Human Osteology with Dr. Tung (with whom I now do research!). In the class, we learned all of the bones in the human body as well as many distinguishing features on each bone, and then learned how to apply that knowledge in forensic and anthropological case studies. We also learned about stable isotope analysis (which I do now in my research!) and how to diagnose various pathologies based on examining skeletal remains. It was fascinating.

 List some of your favorite books, movies, TV shows, or musical artists.

Harry Potter series, “Bones” (TV show), Swingin’ Dores (shameless plug), Pod Save America (podcast)