Christopher Westfall, a native of Dunnellon, FL, graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and Spanish. During his time in Nashville, he served as a news reporter for The Vanderbilt Hustler, an executive board member of Vanderbilt College Democrats, and co-service chair of an animal welfare group on campus which leads volunteer trips to the Nashville Humane Association. In the summer before his senior year, Christopher interned at the U.S. Department of Education. After his time with Impact America, Christopher plans to attend law school.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been.

One of my most indelible memories is of an afternoon spent in Dandong, China. As the city lies along the Chinese-North Korean border, I was able to look across the Yalu River and—without the aid of binoculars—make out North Korea. I also had the opportunity to walk one of the most easterly parts of the Great Wall.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

“On the page, it looked nothing. The beginning simple, almost comic. Just a pulse—bassoons and basset horns—like a rusty squeezebox. Then, suddenly—high above it—an oboe, a single note, hanging there unwavering, till a clarinet took over and sweetened it into a phrase of such delight! This was no composition by a performing monkey. This was a music I’d never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing, it had me trembling.” –Antonio Salieri, Amadeus (1984)