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Where are you from?

Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Which Admissions office programs are you involved in?

I have the opportunity to be involved with Black & Gold Days, Anchor Days, and Programs for Talented Youth.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

Alumni lawn is one of the most scenic and peaceful locations on any college campus in the country. This is the perfect place on campus for me to step away from my desk and enjoy the outdoors while listening to music, reading an interesting book, or checking my ESPN app to catch up on sports news.

What hobby do you wish you had more time for?

I love public speaking, which is one of the perks of being an admissions counselor. Aside from my speaking responsibilities at Vanderbilt, I have served as a MC/host for step competitions and local events. I enjoy volunteering with youth-related community based organizations and speaking to youth about social-related issues, as well as developing leadership and character. I also wish I had more time to DJ parties! DJ/MC for hire!

What is the hardest class you have ever taken?

The hardest class I've ever taken was Business Finance. I had a 200-question final.

What’s your favorite off-campus hangout?

I enjoy grabbing food with friends in the Gulch or Hillsboro Village. Since Nashville was voted one of the best cities for "Foodies" like me, I have a long list of restaurants to visit. I also enjoy running in the mornings at Centennial Park.

What’s the best concert you’ve seen in Nashville?

Don't judge me, but a few years ago I saw the Rockettes at the Grand Ol' Opry and they were amazing!

What is the moment you knew you were a Nashvillian?

The moment I knew I was a Nashvillian is when I wanted to eat at Monell's restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What is your favorite place to eat in Nashville?

This one's easy: Monell's. Hand's down. Next question.

What talent do you have that would surprise your friends?

There is a dance from South Florida known as the "Lauderdale bop" and the "peanut butta jelly". (Not butter, but butta). Ask about me.

Do you have pets?

I use to own a beta fish. His name was Dasani, but he died, so I bought another fish. His name was Dasani Jr, also known as DJ. He also died. This taught me a valuable life lesson: beta fish don't last forever.

If you weren't an admissions counselor, what would you be?

I would be a radio DJ or a professional hype man.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Live outside of your comfort zone and take chances. Nothing ever grows in a comfort zone.


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Garth Parke

Phone: 615-875-8143

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