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Why Vanderbilt

I chose Vanderbilt because I immediately felt at home on campus. From the moment I walked into the admissions office for a tour, everyone I encountered was helpful and genuinely friendly. Now that I actually go to Vanderbilt, I have enjoyed that same sense of neighborliness and I have truly found a family here.

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

I love working with ONE as an advocate for the end of extreme world poverty. It is really rewarding to use my political voice to promote policies that will help people in need around the world.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

One of my favorite courses so far was a science fiction literature class. I loved exploring a new genre and stretching my writing skills.

Describe your experience becoming a part of the Vanderbilt community.

I transferred into Vanderbilt as a sophomore, but I have had an amazing experience transitioning into the Vanderbilt community. Everyone, from my peers to my professors, has been super friendly and inclusive. It is also really easy to get involved in organizations that you're passionate about, which helps a lot with making new friends.

What are your favorite books?

Pride & Prejudice, East of Eden, Atlas Shrugged, The Name of the Wind, The Great Gatsby