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Student Spotlight: College of Arts and Science


Posted by on Friday, September 29, 2017

What’s it like to be a student at Vanderbilt? You can learn a lot about life at VU from our website or from our publications (which you can receive by requesting more information). For a closer look at a specific academic program, student organization, or activity, however, there’s no substitute for hearing directly from Vanderbilt students. We make that easy for you with our Contact-a-Student page, which allows you to reach out to students across the university with a wide range of interests and activities. To help you dive in, we’re bringing you a series of profiles of some of the students featured on the page.

Today, we start the series with students from the College of Arts and Science. Feel free to reach out to these students or explore the contact a student page to connect with current students.

Zaria Williams
Class of 2019
Medicine, Health and Society
Ridgeland, MS
Describe a favorite activity/organization and why you like it.

Being a VUceptor is my favorite activity, because every week I get to learn new ideas, perspectives, and viewpoints of first-year students. Being able to act as a resource and mentor for them has been extremely rewarding.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (MHS 1940) has been my favorite class this year, because it makes me look beyond the biological side of health and being a pre-med student.

Lucas Weoloski
Class of 2018
Neuroscience
Gurnee, IL

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

My favorite organization is Camp Kesem. As a nationwide organization on various college campuses, my friends and I run a free one-week long summer camp for kids whose parents have or have had cancer. Camp Kesem has given me my best friends and has shown me how to have an impact on my community,

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

I really enjoyed a class called Perception. As part of my Neuroscience major, I learned a lot about the ways in which we perceive the stimuli around us. The class was mind-blowing and taught by one of the best perceptual neuroscientists in the world.

Brianna Moreno
Class of 2018
Public Policy Studies
Miami, FL

Why Vanderbilt?

Vanderbilt represents everything I ever wanted in a school. On any given day, my peers work on incredible academic projects, put on amazing cultural performances, and make this community a place of warmth and care. I love Vanderbilt because it gives me everything I could ask for. I have a social life, my classes allow me to grow, my professors care about me, and my friends are some of the most amazing people I have ever met. Vanderbilt is my home.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

My favorite class from freshman year was U.S. Culture in World Politics. It was taught by Professor Chiozza and it illuminated many aspects of global politics I had never considered before. I learned a lot about the underestimated effect of U.S. pop culture on the world around us, and even more so on the global political stage.

Tom Carroll
Class of 2018
Economics
Belle Mead, NJ

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.

Anjuli Young
Class of 2018
Medicine, Health, and Society
Nashville, TN

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

I love being a Resident Advisor because it is a job all about connections. I spend a lot of my time thinking about the common ground that all of the students here share, but also how we all differ, and how that looks. It has been so challenging and so fulfilling to serve in this role, and I feel like I am making the school a better place because of it.

Describe a favorite class and why you like it.

As a Bio minor, I took zoology as one of my elective classes, and I am now it’s biggest advocate. Once a week we had a lab where we got to see live examples of whatever we were studying, and we also were able to do dissections of preserved specimens. I was so excited for class and lab every week, and it has completely changed how I look at the world around me.

Mara Beard
Class of 2018
Economics
Newport Beach, CA

Why Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt was my last college tour. When I stepped on campus, I got that gut feeling that this was the place for me. As cheesy as that sounds, I really felt at home. In addition, Vanderbilt truly had everything I was looking for: stellar academics, school spirit, excellent faculty engagement, a passionate student body pursuing a variety of extracurricular activities, and a campus set in an urban environment.


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