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Why Vanderbilt

It's tough to sum up why I love Vanderbilt. Initially, what struck me was how much the University emphasizes balance in the lives of its students. For me, I saw that balance in academics/social life, the size of the university, and in the intersection of science and the humanities. I love that we encourage students to explore Nashville, in addition to focusing on their studies. I love that you can spontaneously run into your best friend on campus, but behind them, see three new faces: it was the perfect balance I was looking for! I continue to choose and love Vanderbilt because of the people I have met along the way. As a senior, I have had the privilege to get to know some of Vanderbilt's besthumans. Not only is everyone incredibly driven, talented, and inventive, but they also have incredible hearts. I have seen a genuine desire in nearly every single person I have met to truly make the world a better place. And let me tell you, that is a rare and refreshing thing.

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

One of my favorite organizations that I get to be a part of is Tongue 'N' Cheek Improv Comedy. As a member of the performing arts community at Vanderbilt, TNC puts on shows once a month for anyone that wants to take a study break. Transforming from a nervous first year student joining this organization, to starting my senior year as President of the organization, TNC has served as my creative outlet and a place for laughter, no matter how deep we are in midterms season!

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

One of my favorite classes has been Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Offered in the MHS department, this class really highlighted a lot of the important issues going on in healthcare that might get ignored on your "stereotypical" pre-med path of chemistry and biology. As a student hoping to go to medical school, I feel enlightened and impassioned about so many more health disparities in this country that I hope to be able to help rectify as a physician in the future.

Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.

One of my favorite Nashville experiences was going to a concert at the Ryman Auditorium. I got to see one of my favorite artists, Ben Rector, at one of the most famous music venues in the country. It was incredible!

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

Book: Love Does by Bob Goff

Movie: Philadelphia

TV Show: Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, or New Girl

Musical Artists: The Band CAMINO, Maggie Rogers, Lake Street Dive