Skip to main content

Contact a Student

Send a message to Victoria Herring

Learn more about Victoria

Why Vanderbilt

The first time I saw Vanderbilt’s campus was on move in day. I toured ten schools – except my own. Due to unforeseen circumstances, my mother had to visit for me. She called me the minute her tour ended: “Victoria, you have to go here.”

The passion that I have for this school and the tremendous opportunities it has afforded me supersedes any devotion I thought myself capable of. I know that no college can accommodate every type of person, but I like to think that Vanderbilt comes exceedingly close; Vandy is more beautiful on the inside than the most gloriously sunny day from the outside. I fall in love with stunning alumni lawn every day; I am enamored by students’ sense of camaraderie towards each other; I adore the way faculty takes such interest in our success. As a senior with a job, I am well aware that multiple resources at Vanderbilt, helpful professors and mentors have been instrumental in achieving my career goals.

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

My favorite organization I am a part of is VPB Speakers Committee. As a group of diversely minded and innovative people, we have the privilege to choose the voices that come to campus. Through the support we receive from Vanderbilt, we are able to choose fascinating narratives like those of Ashley Judd and John Boehner.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

My favorite class is Brazilian Culture (PORT 4350). I myself am Brazilian but had never taken a class in the language I grew up speaking; it consisted of four students with completely differing backgrounds who came together under the wing of Professor Legg. He taught me about my own heritage while baking Brazilian cake for us every week and being incredibly candid about the country's history and culture.

Describe your most memorable Nashville or off-campus experience.

My freshman year, one of my friends showed me the "secret" spot to cliff jumping at Percy Priest lake. I conquered my radical fears of hitting the water from 40 feet up and have made it a personal tradition to go back every year. Thus far I have showed ten more people where the cliffs are and have spent many memorable Saturday afternoons diving into the lake; Nashville does not fail to entertain me with its stunning natural opportunities.

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

Books: Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates), Peace like a River (Leif Enger), Coming Apart (Charles Murray), Justice (Michael Sandel), Born to Run (Cristopher McDougall).

Musical Artists: Illenium, R3HAB, Odesza, Afrojack, Audien