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Why Vanderbilt

For me, there were three big things that drew me to choose Vanderbilt: the campus, the size, and the people. I love how much green space the university has, but also how close it is to the heart of Nashville. I enjoyed having the "traditional college environment," while also having unlimited access to the music, food, and outdoors scenes of the city.

Another thing I was looking for during my college search was a mid-sized campus. With 6800 undergrads, I've had the opportunity to get to know so many of my peers. But the size also opens up a lot of opportunities to get to know faculty and professors one-on-one.

And my favorite part about Vandy is undoubtedly the people. From the people in my classes, to the students in my clubs, to the humans I live with on campus - Vanderbilt has provided me with peers who inspire, support, and challenge me. I've appreciated getting to know individuals from all over the country, with vastly different backgrounds from my own, who are passionate and driven. I've learned just as much from my peers as I have from my professors; they've taught me better study skills, given me some of my favorite book recommendations, and shared their stories with me.

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

I've loved being a participant in Café con Leche, a cultural dance showcase for Latin dance, for the last two years. It's been a great way to meet people from all over campus while gaining an incredible appreciation for dancing and cultural diversity.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

One of my favorite classes at Vanderbilt has been Health Policy and Advocacy, a university course co-taught by two different professors. I enjoyed all of the hands-on components and applicable skills! We wrote op-eds and submitted them to newspapers, visited the state capitol and presented our policy ideas to state reps, and interacted with non-profit leaders.

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

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Empathy Exams, The Handmaid's Tale (book and show!), Jane the Virgin, Grey's Anatomy, Breaking Bad, Khalid, and Teesy