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Why Vanderbilt

When I'm here, I know that the people around me--from my fellow students to my professors--are on my side, and that feeling makes Vandy feel like a second home.

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

Project RISHI is a new organization here on campus that is dedicated to serving the needs of rural Indian villages in a sustainable manner. In helping this organization, I've gotten to see firsthand the remarkable work people are capable of when they are passionate about what they are doing.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

My favorite class my First-Year Writing Seminar about ancient Greek and Roman History. The fact that there were only 15 people allowed us to have some very in depth discussions about the subject matter. Overall, though, my favorite part of the course was when we took a field trip to Centennial Park and got to visit the Parthenon as a class!

Describe your experience becoming a part of the Vanderbilt community.

Adjusting to college was a lot easier than I thought it would be, mostly due to living on the Commons. Living right next to all of the students going through the same transition as I was made it super easy to adapt to college.

What are your favorite books?

The Catcher in the Rye, The Character of Rain, and On Writing

Who are your favorite music artists?

Jukebox the Ghost, Houndmouth, Saint Motel, and Wild Child (all of whom I have had the luck of seeing here in Nashville!)

What are your favorite TV shows or Movies?

Shows: Parks & Rec and Atlanta

Movies: American Psycho and Synecdoche, New York