The Best Decision I Ever Made
I’ll be honest, I originally never intended on applying to Vanderbilt. My sister went here and I wanted to forge my own path. She only had good things to say about Vandy, however, and I decided I would check it out. In late September of my senior year of high school, I came down to visit.
I still remember my campus tour. It was a beautiful 80 degree day, sun streaming through the trees onto the lush lawns (a welcome change from the weather in Chicago). As I walked the winding paths around campus and listened to our tour guide describe campus life, I realized that Vandy really had everything I was looking for: top notch academics, a plethora of extra-curricular activities, and a great location in the heart of Nashville. I was extremely impressed with the focus on becoming a balanced, well-rounded individual.
Learning about the Commons experience further peaked my excitement. I had visited many schools, but none had a first year experience quite like this. Finally, I sat in on a class in the Human and Organizational Development program and I was sold. The Professor took a genuine interest in my future plans (I wrote her an email later thanking her for the experience and asking one question, and she responded with a page and a half response about what HOD had to offer!). Furthermore, the students in the class were so engaged and genuinely interested in learning. Throughout the day, I could truly feel the sense of community around campus and knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.
I flew home the following day and immediately filled out the early decision application. The rest, as they say, is history. I am currently in disbelief that I am almost done with my junior year, but I can confidently say choosing Vanderbilt was the best decision I have ever made.