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Why Vanderbilt

I chose Vanderbilt because on my first visit, an Admissions Counselor said "give me reasons to admit you", which as a prospective student, meant a lot. I wanted to go to a school that saw me as a person, rather than just a number. Moreover, Vanderbilt’s early decision options showed me that Vanderbilt wanted to fill its campus with people who wanted to be there, which is something I feel each and every day on campus. Students really love Vanderbilt and that is such a huge part of our community. I love being surrounded by people that love our school as much as I do.

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

I joined Relay for Life as a freshman and it has grown to be my family and biggest support system on campus. It's fun and meaningful to me to be a part of an organization that supports a cause I really believe in: finding a cure for cancer. It's also one of the largest organizations on campus, which has allowed me to meet students in all classes.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

I took a course on American history through social dance; the course looked at how dance has impacted or been impacted by history. As a dancer of 17 years, I loved the combination of history and dance and more-so, the opportunity to try each dance with my classmates.

Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.

Centennial Park offers a free concert every Thursday in September. They set up a beautiful stage with twinkly lights and the perimeter is full of food trucks. Not only is this event free, but it's also a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the utter talent of Nashville residents. Since it's just across the street from upperclassmen housing on West End, it's my favorite way to get off campus for a quick study break.

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

Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked (book)

Gilmore Girls, Blue Bloods, and New Girl (TV)

The Hamilton playlist is my favorite- I listen to it when I do my political science coursework!