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Why Vanderbilt?

In the interest of being terse (there are almost endless amounts of reasons Vanderbilt is the perfect fit for me), I wanted all the features and excitement offered by a university in the city, while having the quiet comfort and park-like feel of a university nestled in the middle of nowhere. I also reasoned that I wanted to attend a university where I would feel happy, but also a university where the other students predominately feel happy. Academic, social, and extracurricular fit all played into my decision in applying to Vanderbilt as my first choice school.

List a few of your activities. Describe a favorite activity/organization and why you like it.

I'm a project manager for Vanderbilt's Students Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations - an organization that seeks to make an impact in the Nashville community through year long pro-bono consulting projects, while offering professional development experiences for the student consultants that volunteer their time. The Vanderbilt Investment Club is also an excellent organization - it proves a great opportunity for students to learn about how markets work through investing and co-managing $90,000 of real long-only equity positions owned by the club.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

One of my favorite classes was "Fundamentals of Management" taught by Professor Slatton. Half of the class was dedicated toward going over the textbook reading assignment and taking a quiz, but the other half was dedicated toward analyzing a new case study. During the last class, we analyzed a case study regarding a non-profit firm operating in a variety of African countries. After working out some potential solutions for this non-profit, we learned that the case study was modeled after a real non-profit organization that Vanderbilt students had created upon graduation with the guidance of Professor Slatton!

Describe your experience becoming a part of the Vanderbilt community.

My first exposure to the Vanderbilt community was through my Visions (first year orientation) group, my floor, and my house. I gradually met more people through going to school sponsored events and getting involved in student organizations. I love meeting new people, and through attending a variety of events and getting passionate about a select group of student organizations on campus, I feel as though I got to know a wide range of students from a wide range of backgrounds/interests. Still, I don't go a single day believing I don't have more people to meet and on-campus niches to explore.

What are your favorite books?

This is a difficult question - I've read and enjoyed a wide variety of books, but two that struck me as particularly interesting were "Naked Economics" and "Freakonomics".

Who are your favorite music artists?

I'm a big fan of electronic music - and I'll enjoy almost anything in that realm, from Moombahton to 808 style hip-hop/trap.

What are your favorite TV shows or Movies?

I was a big fan of LOST, and my favorite movie is probably Saving Private Ryan.

Thomas Carroll


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