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I toured A LOT of colleges, and on every campus visit I conduced the "smile test," where I would smile at any student I made eye contact with and see if they smiled back at me. My tour at Vanderbilt was on a miserable scorching hot day, but every student I passed still smiled back at me. Ultimately, Vanderbilt was the only college I toured that passed the smile test. I applied Early Decision, and to this day my favorite part about Vanderbilt is walking to class and exchanging smiles with everyone who I cross paths with. Those familiar faces of my fellow peers and professors can always lift my spirits on both my best and my worst days, reminding me how supportive the Vanderbilt community is.
Describe a favorite class and why you like it.
One of my favorite classes I've taken at Vanderbilt so far is Introduction to American Government and Politics during my first semester freshman year. Even though the class was a large lecture (which is actually very rare at Vanderbilt), my professor knew everyone's names and made an effort to connect with students on a personal level by hosting weekly breakfasts and lunches where we could discuss politics or any topic of interest outside of a regular classroom setting.
Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.
On a random Tuesday night, three people on my dorm floor all wanted to go to an escape room. I had never been to one and figured I'd tag along. Our RA decided to come too at the last minute and we had the best time. Having all the diverse opportunities Nashville has to offer right outside the gates of campus allow for these spontaneous experiences.
List some of your favorite books, movies, TV shows, or musical artists.
Dubliners, Normal People, The Night Of, Big Little Lies, Silver Linings Playbook, Call Me By Your Name, The Lumineers