I couldn't help but feel compelled to post the first message in the Vanderbilt folder. Nerdy, I know. Anyway, I'm Guinevere, the poster formerly known as Bigwordsarefun. I didn't post that often under Bigwords, but I'll probably be around here more as the admissions season gets into full swing.
Vanderbilt is currently my #1 choice, primarily due to a) the fact that it seems to be a match for me (hope I'm not wrong about that), b) its solid academic reputation, and c) its location. The only thing regarding Vanderbilt that I'm hesitant about is the perception that it's a preppy school with pampered rich kids and obnoxious frat boys. Can any of you dispel that?
Also, as far as you guys have seen, how is the merit aid situation at Vanderbilt? Do you personally know people who've received a nice chunk of merit aid money? I know of EvilRobot's story, but my stats unfortunately aren't quite on the same level. I mean, they're not horrible, but they're not that good.
Well, thanks for any help you can give, guys. Hope everyone's enjoying the new forum setup.