Admission Fellows 2012-13
Sydney Calander '13, Admission Fellow
Sydney was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where she graduated from the Jewish Community High School of the Bay. Now a senior at Pitzer, Sydney is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Studio Art. Throughout her years at the college, Sydney has been involved herself in both Hillel and the campus Feminist Coalition. She has also busied herself working in the Office of Advancement, the compost piles, the Shakedown (Pitzer’s student run restaurant) and as a teaching assistant for Human Sexuality at Pomona. During her junior year Sydney was lucky enough to study abroad in Parma, Italy where she taught English to high school students. Sydney has spent her summers working for various companies including G-dcast, the American Red Cross and most recently, the HUB, a global startup offering a co-working space for social entrepreneurs. After college Sydney hopes to pursue a Ph.D. program in psychology, eventually starting her own practice. In her free time she is extremely passionate about urban planning, public art/spaces, vegan food, food justice and the impending zombie apocalypse.
Evelyn Cheung '13, Admission Fellow
Evelyn was born in NYC and raised in the lovely state of NJ. She graduated from the Pingry School and decided to make the cross-country move to sunny California. She is a double Psychology and Spanish major with an Economics minor. Evelyn has been involved in a wide variety of on-campus organizations such as the Pitzer Activities Committee, Asian American Sponsor Program and Student Senate. Evelyn studied abroad in Seville, Spain in the fall of her junior year and in Singapore in the spring. She stepped on five continents during her time abroad. This past summer, she interned with Facing History and Ourselves in NYC and then traveled to Hong Kong to teach an English class to middle school students that incorporated food and multiculturalism. Evelyn’s eclectic interests include photography, balloon-animal making, fine wine, and salsa. Post-graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in education and continue exploring the far corners of the world.
Mitchell Felton '13, Admission Fellow
Mitchell was born in Hong Kong and attended Chinese International School before moving to Fresno, CA and graduating from Bullard HS. At Pitzer, Mitchell is an Asian Studies major with minors in Economics and Chinese. In 2011, he studied abroad on the Pitzer in China Program, where he did in an internship and research in the education field and furthered his Chinese language abilities. On campus, Mitchell has been a first year mentor, served as president of the Circle K Club (a volunteer organization), was secretary for the Asian Pacific American Coalition and has been involved in the Student Investment Committee and with Dining with Democracy, a student run group that brings speakers to campus. He has also been a tour guide in the Admission Office for the last two years. Mitchell has spent the last two summers interning in Shanghai and Beijing, and hopes to work in China after graduating from Pitzer, before pursuing an MBA. In his free time Mitchell enjoys playing golf, hanging out with friends, going to the beach, eating and drinking boba milk tea.
Emma French '13 Admission Fellow
Raised in Santa Barbara, CA, Emma’s love of travel developed at age eight when her family moved to Uzbekistan with the Peace Corps. After two years they continued on to Cotonou, Benin, and after another two years they reluctantly returned stateside, settling in Atlanta. In this spicy city Emma attended a magnet high school and developed a passion for music. At Pitzer, Emma is majoring in Environmental Policy, but is also very interested in international politics and foreign languages. She hopes to contribute to the fight against environmental injustice and climate change through public health. On campus, Emma has served as a rep on the 5C Enviro Council and has been involved in Pitzer’s Eco Center and Garden Club. She also serves as the Editor-in-chief of The Orange Peel, and is a cutter for the 5C Womens’ Ultimate team, the Greenshirts. Off campus, she has helped organize events and outreach for Occupy Claremont’s Foreclosure Committee and in her free time Emma enjoys making beats, cooking, playing anagrams, salsa dancing and ridge running.
Danielle Johnson ‘13, Admission Fellow
Danielle was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where she graduated from View Park Prep Accelerated Charter High School. At Pitzer, she is a Psychology and Africana Studies double major. Since coming to campus, Danielle has developed a passion for leadership and social responsibility. She has also been able to study abroad in both Japan and Australia and had the opportunity to conduct research on Japanese perspectives on territoriality. Her abroad experiences enhanced both her global perspective and her passion for the American educational system. On Pitzer’s campus she has been an Ujima mentor for incoming freshmen of the African descent, Vice President of Pitzer’s Black Student Union and served as an R.A. with Pitzer’s Residential Life staff. She has also worked in the offices of Student Affairs, Housing, Financial Aid and Advancement because she just loves every single aspect of Pitzer. In her free time, Danielle is a fashion blogger at Collegefashionista.com.
Juman Nijim ‘13, Admission Fellow
Although born in Santa Clara, CA, Juman moved to Ramallah, West Bank when she was a year old and graduated from the Friends Schools of Ramallah. At Pitzer, Juman is pursuing a double major in Political Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. During her time on campus, Juman has competed with Pitzer’s MUN team, served on the Curriculum Committee, has been a mentor for international students and studied abroad in Botswana. Juman spent the past summer interning at Defense for Children International in Ramallah where she worked on issues pertaining to children held in military detention. Upon graduation Juman is planning on attending law school and specializing in Public International Law.
Andres Peña, Admission Fellow
Andres was born in Los Angeles, CA and attended Marco Antonio Firebaugh High School. At Pitzer, Andres is majoring in International Political Economy with a minor in Italian Studies. During his sophomore year at Pitzer, Andres was able to study abroad in Italy, where he interned at an immigration office for asylum-seeking refugees. He was also recently invited by the UNDP to participate in a youth governance conference in Nairobi, Kenya as a board member representing a non-profit that was founded by two Pitzer students. Last year Andres served as Junior Class Representative and sat in on every Senate Budgetary Committee meeting. He is also involved in the Student Investment Committee, Democrats of the Claremont Colleges, Latino Student Union, and was recently elected as the Senior Class Representative for Pitzer's Student Senate. After graduation, he hopes to go on to get an advanced degree in International Human Rights Law. For fun, Andres likes to play volleyball, hang out with friends, learn new languages and travel.
Jonathan Rice ‘13 Admission Fellow
Jonathan is originally from the DC area where he attended Bullis School. At Pitzer, he is majoring in Political Studies with an emphasis in Global Politics. As a freshman, Jonathan was elected representative for the class of 2013 and selected as the student representative to the Tactical Planning Committee, where he helped to shape the 5-year plan for the College. He continues to be active in college governance, currently as the Chair of Pitzer’s Student Senate. Junior year, he studied abroad in Beijing, China. He is also active across the Consortium, serving as the Communications Director for the ACLU of The Claremont Colleges and as the International Managing Editor of the award-winning Claremont Port Side newsmagazine. On Pitzer’s campus, he is a delegate with the MUN Team. Jonathan hopes to continue a career path that will do social good and in his spare time, he loves strong coffee and travel.
Nicolas Rosa '13, Admission Fellow
Although born in Santa Clara, CA, most of Nicolas' developmental years were spent in Las Vegas, NV, where he graduated from Advanced Technologies Academy. At Pitzer, Nicolas is pursuing a double major in Psychology and English and World Literature. When not buried in a book, he devotes a lot of time to various campus jobs and clubs. Nicolas has been a Resident Assistant for two years, served as Pitzer's Community Assistant, sat on Pitzer's Appointments, Promotions and Tenure Committee, and competed for the 5-C Debate and MUN teams. Nicolas' proudest accomplishment at Pitzer has been creating FirstGen, a mentoring program for first generation college students which serves students who, like himself, are the first in their families to attend college. Nicolas plans to attend law school after graduation, but hopes to be on the Amazing Race with his friend Alyssa Solis before continuing his education.
Alyssa Solis '13, Admission Fellow
Alyssa was born and raised in Las Vegas and graduated from Las Vegas Academy, where she majored in Dance. She currently studies both Political Studies and Environmental Analysis at Pitzer, and hopes to eventually become an environmental lawyer. During her time at Pitzer, she has taught yoga classes at Prototypes Women's Center, and has interned at the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice, the Bus Rider's Union, and Our Farms in Ontario. She is also still active in the dance community on campus, and takes long hikes in the mountains to recoup during the weekend. After Pitzer, she plans to win the Amazing Race with her best friend Nick Rosa, travel the world teaching dance, and work with youth in wilderness programs before becoming a lawyer and advocate for victims of environmental injustice.