Pitzer Core Values as Famous Shakespeare Quotes

Pitzer College is well-known for its discussion-based classes and wide variety of exciting course offerings. Some of our favorites from the past academic year include: Community Poetry: Black Feminist rEVOLution, Ecopoetics & Photography, and ENGL 093 PZ -World Literature in an Oceanic Context.

These classes exemplify Pitzer’s interdisciplinary learning focus while highlighting interesting and relevant topics. We here in the Pitzer Admission Office have decided to try our hand at literary analysis to provide our readers with a better understanding of our core values through famous Shakespeare quotes. Thanks for reading, and as always feel free to take our core value quiz!

Environmental Sustainability:
I’ll bear him no more sticks, but follow thee,
Thou wondrous man. (The Tempest)

Intercultural Understanding
‘Get thee to a nunnery.’ (Hamlet)

Interdisciplinary Learning
‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’ (Hamlet)

Social Responsibility
‘If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?’ (The Merchant of Venice)

Student Engagement
‘Exit, pursued by a bear’ (The Winter’s Tale)

Honorable Mention: Praxis
To be or not to be, that is the question (Hamlet)

Intercultural Understanding and Pitzer College logo

Which core value are you? Seniors Kristen and Jen weigh in on our new BuzzFeed quiz!

Our Core Value quiz is officially live on BuzzFeed! Before you learn what value you connect with most, follow seniors Kristen and Jen as they take the quiz find out their results!

Jen Lesorogol: Hi there! I am a senior at Pitzer completing a double major in Environmental Analysis and International/Intercultural Studies. I thought that taking this quiz was fun! I really enjoyed the videos at the end, it was cool to watch how other Pitzer students talk about the core values!

Kristen Park: Hello everyone! I am a senior as well studying Psychology and Asian American Studies. I am a BuzzFeed quiz fanatic! So this was right up my alley.  



    Jen Lesorogol ‘17                                     Kristen Park ‘17

What did you get? Were you surprised by the result?

JL: I got Intercultural Understanding! What did you get Kristen?

KP: Student Engagement!

JL: Do you think Student Engagement is a good fit for you?

KP: To be honest I was surprised that I got Student Engagement. I thought I would get Social Responsibility because social justice work is an integral part of my identity here at Pitzer, and also outside of the Claremont Colleges.

JL: I wasn’t too surprised that I got Intercultural Understanding, I feel that it is oftentimes the core value I engage with the most in and out of the classroom.

How do you engage with your core value?

KP: What do you think Jen, how do you engage with Intercultural Understanding at Pitzer, as well as outside of the Claremont Colleges?

JL: I feel that I engage with Intercultural Understanding all the time at Pitzer. First, I studied abroad in Madagascar and got to experience a new culture first hand. Studying abroad gave me a wonderful opportunity to experience both cultural and language immersion, as well as complete an independent research project. Second, I am an International/Intercultural Studies major where I constantly discuss themes of intercultural understanding and the role it plays in our world. How about you Kristen?

KP: I am confident in saying that most Pitzer students are engaged in some capacity, whether it be through student senate, part of an affinity group, Pitzer Outdoor Adventure, working at the Shakedown Cafe, and so many other ways. I also like to say that Pitzer students are always busy because they are so invested in different communities and coalitions. As a RA for first-year students I have been able to serve as a resource for my residents, but also create programs to foster a safe and inclusive environment. Creating these types of spaces, especially for historically marginalized students, is what drives my student engagement.


If you had to pick one core value, which would you pick and why?

JL: This must be a trick question! It is so hard to pick just one core value. I find that I, and most Pitzer students, are always striving to engage with all the core values. Some core values are more intuitive at first and feel very natural, while others take a bit of self exploration and discovery to figure out how you personally connect with them, or want to connect with them.

KP: I want to echo what Jen said about how engaging with the core values looks different for everyone. I remember writing my Pitzer supplemental essay on the core value of Social Responsibility being the core value that I engage with the most frequently. Now as a senior about to graduate I do feel Social Responsibility would still be the core value I practice most frequently, however now I have a deeper and richer understanding of the other four as well.

JL: Overall, the quiz was a fun and new way to engage with the core values. Sometimes, you might surprise yourself and actually have more in common with a different core value than one you might assign yourself.

Thanks for reading, all! Now go take the quiz to find your own core value connection!

Posted by Kristen Park ’17 and Jen Lesorogol ’17