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I chose Vanderbilt because of the people. Of course, I had my checklist of what I wanted my future school to have- rigorous academics, fun school spirit, internship opportunities, etc. Vanderbilt checked off all the items on my list. At the end of the day though, it all came down to two main questions: "Could I see myself being friends with these people on campus?" and "Is this a place that could be a home for me for the next four years and beyond?" I immediately felt the palpable sense of community here the second I stepped foot on campus, and I knew that it was a community I had to be a part of. While on campus I visited a friend who was a student at Vanderbilt. She introduced me to her friends, and they immediately welcomed me and engaged in conversation with me, even though they had no obligation to do so and they probably had better things they could have been doing than talking to a random high school senior. When speaking with them I heard about the opportunities they were provided on campus, but most importantly I learned about the friendships they had formed and the memories they had made, and I was hooked. I saw Vanderbilt's potential to become my new home. It is the people at a school that truly make up what a college is truly about, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of that community at Vanderbilt.
Describe a favorite activity or organization and why you like it.
The Hillel, a Jewish Organization here on campus, is a wonderful place here at Vanderbilt that has allowed me to meet many new people and engage in stimulating activities involving my faith. Through the Hillel I have been fortunate enough to participate in a multitude of community service projects, which have brought a close connection to the Nashville community. Additionally, I know that with the Hillel I always have a place to go on campus at any time to eat good food, talk with friends, and just relax, no matter what is going on in my life.
Describe a favorite class and why you like it.
My favorite class here at Vandy so far is my history class, Citizenship and Memory. In that class we have had engaging discussions about often ignored narratives in history, and we have debated in a small setting how narratives emerge in history. I have also had the opportunity to explore a topic of my own choosing further through the research paper that every student in the class completes.
Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.
In the first few weeks of school, a bunch of people got together and decided to go to Percy Priest Lake nearby in Nashville. I joined, and we spent the afternoon walking around the trails and swimming in the lake there. It was a bunch of people and we listened to music and enjoyed the nice Nashville weather and sights; it was a great way to meet new people and make friends in my first few weeks at school.
List some of your favorite books, movies, TV shows, or musical artists.
Books: The Human Stain and All the Truth is Out
Movies: Dirty Dancing, She's All That, and The Post
TV Shows: The Newsroom, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, This Is Us, and Game of Thrones