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Why Vanderbilt?

Vanderbilt provided me with an unbeatable balance between great academic opportunities and great musical opportunities (I'm a Blair student majoring in piano performance with a second major in political science). Furthermore, I was struck by the friendly and genuine students I met and the overall welcoming nature of the school.

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

I'm involved with 'Dore for a Day, Mentor TENNISsee, and Vanderbilt International Relations Association. Mentor TENNISsee is an organization that brings inner-city middle-schoolers to campus and works to foster their academic and tennis development. Being a part of the organization allows me to give back to a community that has already given me so much, and working with kids has been a big part of my life that I continue to love doing.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

One of my favorite classes was my freshman writing seminar, Representations of War, with Professor Vereen Bell. Professor Bell held several office hours just to get to know us, and was always generous and helpful when we needed assistance on a paper. He was very welcoming to us nervous first-years, and explained difficult literary concepts insightfully and beautifully.

Describe your experience becoming a part of the Vanderbilt community.

The Commons was a wonderful and inclusive environment for me and really helped smooth my transition to Vanderbilt. Living with other first-years who are at the same phase of their college careers as you are is extremely reassuring and having fun events that bring that entire community together really eases you into undergraduate life.

What are your favorite books?

Let the Great World Spin, History of Love, All the King's Men, They Marched Into Sunlight

Who are your favorite music artists?

Snarky Puppy, Genesis, Bill Evans, Phoenix

What are your favorite TV shows or Movies?

The Wire, Man on Wire, Seymour: An Introduction, Grand Budapest Hotel

Zachary Kleiman


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