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I chose Vanderbilt because it gave me the best of both worlds. I thought that I would have to choose between academics and the social environment that I wanted to be a part of in college. I wanted a top-notch education, but also wanted to have the football games and have a city to explore and a campus family. Vanderbilt gave me that. The collaborative nature of the university is incredible.
Describe a favorite activity/organization and why you like it.
Project I Am, which is a mentorship organization for minority students, has had a huge impact on my Vanderbilt experience. Mentorship is incredibly important in helping people find a space and feel cared for in the Vanderbilt community and deal with the challenges that come with college life.
Describe a favorite class and why you like it.
My favorite class is Tackling Big Questions with Mobile Cloud Computing. In this class, computer science students work with students from various disciplines, and together we design and develop an application to address some sort of issue that exists either on campus or in Nashville. I like this class because I get to collaborate with people across disciplines, and we draw on each other's strengths to create a product that we are really proud of.
Describe your experience becoming a part of the Vanderbilt community.
One of the best things about the Vanderbilt community is that there are so many different communities to experience and be a part of, but we all are having this common experience as well to bond over. The communities which have made a huge impact on my experience have been the Greek Life, Multi-Cultural Groups on Campus, and the Christian community. It was really easy to feel a part of the school because of that foundation that we had living on the commons. I like to say that by junior year at Vanderbilt (which is where I am right now), you can walk into a room, and you won't know everybody, but you will at least know someone.
What are your favorite books?
A Voice in the Wind, The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns
Who are your favorite music artists?
Charlie Puth, Chance the Rapper, Twenty One Pilots, Lin Manuel Miranda
What are your favorite TV shows or Movies?
Parks and Recreation, Scandal, Jane the Virgin, Blackish