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Vanderbilt was the perfect school for me because it provided the balance I sought out. It was far enough south that we'd have slightly warmer weather all year round, but not so far that I couldn't go home for a weekend if I really needed to. The campus is incredibly close to downtown but also so lush and full of flora and fauna. There were enough students to meet new people every single day, but not so many that I'd feel lost or invisible. On top of this, Vanderbilt's amazing financial aid and scholarship programs were what ultimately led to my decision to attend.
Describe a favorite activity or organization and why you like it.
Being a participant and site leader with Alternative Spring Breaks has been one of my favorite parts of my Vanderbilt experience because it has allowed me to get off campus and interact with different communities in meaningful ways. I loved shadowing at rural health clinics in the Appalachian mountains and spending time with Cherokee elders in Oklahoma.
Describe a favorite class and why you like it.
I absolutely loved my Gender and Politics class with Dr. Amanda Clayton because we were able to examine why women are so underrepresented in political systems around the world. We read so many thought-provoking academic journal articles and conducted our own research in the field. The fact that the class was taught by a female professor and only had 11 students (all female) was a very special experience.
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)