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Why Vanderbilt
For me, Vanderbilt really seemed to have a great sense of community and seemed to foster that in many ways. Whether it was weekly gatherings for your first year house or events for the entire school, it seemed like a place where I would have many opportunities to meet people! I also was very impressed by the hands-on approach in the education program that provided a lot of opportunities for field work for future teachers as well as a focus on discrimination and inequality in schools.

Describe a favorite activity/organization and why you like it (2-3 sentences).
My favorite activity in my first year was being on HPAC and getting to plan events for the people on my floor and in my house. It was so cool that I could have a plan for a fun event, set it up, and watch my closest friends have a great time!

Describe a favorite class and why you like it (2-3 sentences).
I loved my Contemporary Social Issues class with Dr. Pitt! Thus was mostly because it had a focus on issues in higher education and it made me consider many factors of college that I probably never would have. Not to mention Dr. Pitt is such an entertaining professor!

Describe your most memorable Nashville/off-campus experience.
My friend and I got a ride to a coffee shop in Nashville where we sat in front of a window and worked on some school work. It wasn’t a super productive day academically, but it was nice to be somewhere new. We ended up walking along a river and going into a crystal store. I think this was a memorable experience for me because it was really freeing to just have no plans and see where the day took us!

List some of your favorite books, movies, TV shows, or musical artists.
My current favorite book is This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.
My favorite movie is The Florida Project and Grease!
Some of my favorite TV shows are Peaky Blinders, Shameless, The Office, and Black Mirror.
I also love watching comedy specials!