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Why Vanderbilt

There are so many reasons to love Vanderbilt- it strives to be an diverse, inclusive campus that brings people of all backgrounds together; it successfully unites an assorted group of 18-year-olds in their quest for knowledge and growth; it creates unique, tight-knit communities where students are comfortable expressing themselves. For me personally, Peabody is where I've found my home; I adore my cohort of elementary education majors, and I know that my academic endeavors and classroom experiences are preparing me to be the best teacher I can possibly be.

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

I love working with the Murray House Fellowship, which pairs first-year students living in Murray with students at the Susan Gray School on campus. For one hour a week, at a time of my choosing, I go to Susan Gray and get to play with my assigned buddy. So for over a year now, I've been getting to know my buddy Marrin (who was just 13 months old when I started!), so we've developed a close relationship and I've loved the opportunity to really watch him grow into an amazing toddler. 

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

I loved my Spanish literature class (SPAN 3303), which I took second semester my first year. It was taught by the head of the Spanish department, and Profesora Pintane is hands down one of the most spectacular professors I've had the pleasure of learning from. Even though I had extensive prior knowledge concerning the readings from her class, she helped me see many of them through an entirely new lens and understand them from a historical and sociocultural perspective. I was also exposed to new and provocative texts by incredible writers like Juan Rulfo, Pablo Neruda, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

 Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.

There's no way I could pick just one off-campus experience! I absolutely love engaging with Nashville in a variety of ways, whether that's attending the monthly Art Crawl downtown, checking out local concerts, trying out new and innovative restaurants, or enjoying the impressive hiking trails and waterfalls that Tennessee has to offer.

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

Silent Spring (Rachel Carson)

Hillbilly Elegy (JD Vance

Educated (Tara Westover)

Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)