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Why Vanderbilt

I chose Vanderbilt for its emphasis on liberal arts education with AXLE, its urban setting in Nashville, and its happy atmosphere. These three components were really important in my college search, and my Vanderbilt experience has definitely fulfilled these aspects.

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

Through Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science (VSVS), I have the opportunity to teach science to local middle school students through lessons and experiments each week. I enjoy my visits so much because they remind me of why I love science and let me share my geeky, science knowledge with other people.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

Dr. Michael Bess's World War II class is my favorite class here at Vanderbilt. His class is taught in a nontraditional fashion in that he focuses on the moral dimensions of the war rather than specific dates and events, which allows people from all backgrounds and majors to enjoy his class. He has the amazing ability to set a serious, emotional tone in the class, and I look forward to his class every week because of how interesting his lectures are.

Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.

One of my favorite memories in college so far has been going Downtown to Nashville's First Saturday Art Crawl with my friends. We ventured into different art galleries and met artists, and we also rode a trolley around Downtown to get to the different art galleries, which was super fun and aesthetic.

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

Becoming, La La Land, The Office, Grey's Anatomy, Taylor Swift