Hazel Hutchins

Hazel Hutchins


Photo by Maddy Bunnenberg-Ross


New York City, NY



Environmental Analysis and Studio Art Combined Major


Why did you chose Pitzer?

I chose Pitzer because it is an intentional community that values student engagement and activism. I was particularly drawn to the Environmental Analysis major, but I also chose Pitzer for it’s unique location in a beautiful ecosystem, and with the huge cultural metropolis of Los Angeles nearby.


What is your favorite memory at Pitzer?

Going rollerskating with friends and my orientation adventure (OA) leaders during my first year.


What is one of the most important lessons you’ve learned while at Pitzer?

Building relationships with people is how you grow community, and that is at the core of meaningful social change.


What are your post-Pitzer plans?

In the fall I will be participating in an artist residency program in the southwest that brings artists and activists to the wilderness  to make art.


What do you think makes Pitzer special?

Our commitment to sustainability, and student activism on and off campus.


What is your favorite place on campus? Why?

The Harvey Mudd Field right at the corner of campus by East and West Halls, because it is a peaceful place to watch the sunset, hang out with friends, or have reflective time alone.


Do you have any words of advice for current/admitted students?

Get involved in campus activities as soon as possible!


What else would you like to share about your experience at Pitzer?

Taking advantage of all of the cultural opportunities in Los Angeles has really helped me grow as a person and as an artist. Take the time to create relationships with your professors and get out into the field.


How has Pitzer challenged you and how has Pitzer helped you find success?

Pitzer has challenged me to take on responsibility for my community and to devote more time to others. Pitzer has helped me find success in connecting art with environmental themes in an impactful way.