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Why Vanderbilt

I chose Vanderbilt because after touring so many institutions, this is the only campus I stepped on that felt like home. I wanted a school that was in or near a city but also had the feel of a campus. As well, I wanted to be in a learning environment that was collaborative, not cutthroat and where I felt like a person, not a number. Vanderbilt was able to provide all of these needs!

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

I love being president of the club Manna International because I get to give back to the organization that helped me find myself and the career path I wanted to take in life. I also have the opportunity to give other students the ability to learn more about not only themselves but other cultures as they volunteer in countries in Latin America.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

My favorite class that I have taken thus far has been MHS Special Topics: Trauma. The reason I loved this class because it was so engaging and forced students to think about how experiences shape the way we live our life. Furthermore, our study materials were often real-life events as they occurred instead of past events in a textbook.

Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.

One of my favorite bands, Nothing but Thieves, visited Nashville to perform at Exit/In. Not only was I able to see them live, I got the chance to hang out with them afterward because of the intimate and relaxed setting that Nashville small performance houses provide.

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

TV Shows: The Walking Dead; Shameless; Grey's Anatomy; Black Mirror

Musical Artists: One Direction; Coldplay

Books: Akata Witch

Movie: Moana