Residence Life

2013-2014 Mentors

All incoming students are assigned a Mentor: enthusiastic sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have experienced Pitzer and all it has to offer, and want to help ease the transition to college life. First-year students live on the same floor as the other students in their mentor group along with their mentor. Mentors plan substance-free first-year programs, help their mentees pick their classes, deal with the college academic load, navigate the social scene, and make healthy choices in their lives.

Charlie

Charles Yoshimura “Charley” or “Daikon”
Hometown: New York City, New York
Major/Minor: Asian Studies, IIS (Majors), Philosophy (Minors)
Extracurricular I do: Bike repair, poetry writing
What I love about Pitzer: The diverse group of people who make up Pitzer
Why I'm a mentor: Because I want to help acclimate students and improve the already great community of Pitzer.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Making a new friend is as simple as showing an interest in them.


Hannah Merry
Hometown: Carlisle, MA
Major/Minor: Undecided, possibly Political Studies
Extracurricular I do: Volunteer at Chaparral Elementary School, singing, baking, dancing
What I love about Pitzer: Good food, beautiful campus, wonderful people
Why I'm a mentor: I love meeting new people and want to welcome new students to the Pitzer community
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Take advantage of the mounds when it’s sunny.  It helps me to get homework done and enjoy the outdoors.

 

Katy Schaefer

Katy Schaefer
Hometown: San Francisco
Major/Minor: San Francisco
Extracurricular I do: Water polo, singing, work in Haiti
What I love about Pitzer: The freedom
Why I'm a mentor: Because I had an amazing RA but wasn’t ready for that responsibility myself
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: You can make your own opportunity here.

 

Jackie Uniza

Jacklyn (Jackie) Uniza
Hometown: Los Angeles
Major/Minor: 3-2 Engineering, Mathematics Minor
Extracurricular I do: Hula, Circle K, APAC, CAPAS
What I love about Pitzer: THE FOOD! The lunches are amazing.
Why I'm a mentor: To make sure the first years are comfortable moving in to Pitzer
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Pasta bar on Thursday is worth the wait.


Joey Grotts

Joseph “Joey” Grotts
Hometown: Westchester, CA
Major/Minor: Major: Biophysics or Biochemistry, Minor: Music
Extracurricular I do: A capella, band, choir, tutor and research
What I love about Pitzer: The sense that professors want to teach and that students want to learn, while having so much fun
Why I'm a mentor: To make things called college a little less scary.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer:

 

Ciera Fleming

Ciera Fleming
Hometown: Kapolei, HI
Major/Minor: Undecided
Extracurricular I do: PAct, student senate and tutors for a cause
What I love about Pitzer: Everyone at Pitzer is so nice
Why I'm a mentor: I want to help new students make an easy adjustment
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Pitzer has the best pasta.

 

Cody Baird

Cody H. Baird
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Major/Minor: English & Media Studies (double major)
Extracurricular I do: Run, read, watch television, and repeat!
What I love about Pitzer: It’s an amalgamation of diverse and eclectic people
Why I'm a mentor: To be a resource, as an extension Pitzer
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: You can look up and see the mountains every day.

 

Malcolm Graham

Malcolm Graham (some people call me Mal)
Hometown: Sunnyvale, California
Major/Minor: Psychology and minor in sociology & anthropology
Extracurricular I do: QQAMP, Capoeira at Grupo de Claremont, Karate, Rainbow people collab, write fiction & poetry
What I love about Pitzer: Pitzer was a sort of mellowness and freedom in spirit and atmosphere that I enjoy.  I enjoy the people and the freedom to make your own experience.
Why I'm a mentor: I enjoy helping people and want to give good mentoring experiences to others like I experienced my first year.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Don’t be afraid to approach people, the relationships you make shape your life at Pitzer and people always have something interesting to say.

 

Ben Weintraub

Ben Weintraub
Hometown: Lafayette, CA
Major/Minor: Environmental Analysis
Extracurricular I do: Math tutoring, beach volleyball
What I love about Pitzer: Meeting inspiring people
Why I'm a mentor: To make new student feel like the belong in this community
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Don’t be afraid to say hi.

 

Taylor Caldwell

Taylor Caldwell
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Major/Minor: Psychology Major, Asian Studies Minor
Extracurricular I do: Jumpstart, Active Minds, Relay for Life
What I love about Pitzer: The community and the cacti!
Why I'm a mentor: I want to make new students love Pitzer as much as me!
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Grove House sandwiches are AMAZING!


Ari Saperstein

Ari Saperstein
Hometown: Washington, DC
Major/Minor: Media Studies, Linguistics
Extracurricular I do: KSPC 88.7 DJ
What I love about Pitzer: You can swim, ski and hike in one day!
Why I'm a mentor: ‘Cause EVERYBODY needs a little help adjusting to college.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: It never gets below 50° here!

 

Jordan Fox

Jordon Fox (JFox)
Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA
Major/Minor: Undecided
Extracurricular I do: Playing golf
What I love about Pitzer: All of the opportunities
Why I'm a mentor: To help incoming first-years have an amazing experience
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: How amazing it is.

 

Makda Beyene

Makda Beyene (Makdaddy)
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Major/Minor: Premed-biology and sociology major
Extracurricular I do: Chem club & women in science
What I love about Pitzer: The people are super nice
Why I'm a mentor: I want to help the fresh settle and be friends with them
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Pitzer is very accepting.

 

William Thorson

William Thorson (Will)
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Major/Minor: Economics -> (Potentially Legal Studies)
Extracurricular I do: PP swim team. Claremont sports connection PAS Hall Council
What I love about Pitzer: The ability to change and affect the policy and environment around us for (almost) anything
Why I'm a mentor: I want to help first years get to know everything about Pitzer and the 5C’s
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Your Hall council will give you money.

 

Danica Pacifici

Danica Pacifici or Dani
Hometown: New York City
Major/Minor: Organismal Biology (Potential)
Extracurricular I do: EcoCenter, Tutors For a Cause, intra-mural volleyball
What I love about Pitzer: The atmosphere, environment and people!
Why I'm a mentor: Because I love Pitzer, and I want to share it with new students.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: People are ridiculously friendly (which is great).

 

Aditi Chandra

Aditi Chandra
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Major/Minor: Molecular Biology
Extracurricular I do: Research assistant at Vaccine Research Institute
What I love about Pitzer: There are so many great resources to take advantage of and the food is great.
Why I'm a mentor: To meet new people and get them excited about the 5C’s.
One thing every resident should know about Pitzer: Pitzer lunches are the best!