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I chose Vanderbilt because of the balance that I thought it could give me. I wanted a school far enough away from home, but easily accessible if I needed it. I craved a mix of research and liberal arts. And, I wanted a balance between social and academic life. Vanderbilt fulfilled all of these expectations from the start, and I found even more things to fall in love with as soon as I stepped on campus.
Describe a favorite activity or organization and why you like it.
My favorite organization that I'm a part of is Tongue 'n' Cheek (TNC) Improv Comedy. Vanderbilt's only improv comedy group, TNC puts on shows for the Vanderbilt community once a month. These Friday nights are always a highlight for me because, for an hour and a half, Vanderbilt students can forget about the stress of school, midterms, or anything else going on, and can all come together for one common goal: to just have a good time.
Describe a favorite class and why you like it.
One of my favorite classes that I've ever taken was Medicine, Law, and Society. Since I was in seventh grade, I had an idea that I wanted to be a doctor, but had only ever looked at medicine through a biological lens. This class, and the Medicine, Health, & Society department in general, expanded my perspective to the sides of medicine that I otherwise would have never considered. Now, thanks to this class, I feel like I have an important, more well-rounded view of medicine.
Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.
My Nashville experience this year has really been defined by concerts. My first year, I never took advantage of the fact that I lived in Music City USA. However, in the past 5 months, I've gone to concerts in each of the four main music venues: Nissan Stadium, Bridgestone Arena, Ascend Amphitheater, and the Ryman Auditorium. Going to all of these concerts (all of which extremely spontaneous decisions, I might add) showed me the side of Nashville that is completely electric in its excitement and passion for music.
List some of your favorite books, movies, TV shows, or musical artists.
Book: "Love Does" by Bob Goff
Artists: Ben Rector, Khalid
TV Shows: Grey's Anatomy, The Crown