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Why Vanderbilt

I graduated with a class of 42women I had known for almost 10 years and was a coxswain for lightweight men's rowing for 4 years so success fostered by community was a major priority for my college choice. Before I even stepped foot on campus I felt welcomed and apart of a strong community. My VUceptor wrote me a letter and my academic advisor called me, so when I got to Nashville I already felt like a commodore. Throughout my last three years I have come to learn that the feeling I got in the first year was not a hoax or a facade, but I was really a part of a network of talented students and elite faculty. I always feel inspired on campus by the people I encounter at Vanderbilt. My previous appetite for learning had been launched into full-blown love and passion by my professors. All ofthis said and I didn't even mention all of the fun of campus and Nashville or the friends that have turned into family.

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

I am a Vegetarian and am a member of VIVA. Each semester VIVA meets with the dining team to voice student concerns about the inclusive dietary selection and execution. The coolest part about VIVA is going to a meeting one semester and either making or hearing suggestions, and then seeing dining actually make the change thenext semester or year.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

One of my favorite classes at Vanderbilt has been Race, Rights, and the American Dream taught by Professor Williams in the history department. This class was powerful to me because professor Williams used one novel over the course of the semester, A Raisin in the Sun, to deconstruct the concept of the American Dream. She would assign small sections of the novel and then assign supportive articles and readings to further explain the realcomponents of the novel. I had never had a class like that and I was so incredibly engaged and learned so much.

Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.

My most memorable Nashville/ off-campus experience would have to be going to dinner at 5th and Taylor and then the Lana Del Rey concert with my mom.

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

Books: The Fire Next Time, The Four Agreements, The Great Gatsby.

Movies: Breakfast at Tiffany's, AMY, Love and Basketball, Wolf of Wall Street

TV Shows: Game of Thrones

Artists: Beyonce, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani, Adele, Sam Smith