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Sophia Datta ’23 (she/her)

  • Hometown: Singapore, Singapore
  • Major(s): Political Studies & Asian Studies double major, Philosophy minor
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: Authoritarian Politics
  • Campus Involvements: 5C Women’s Club Volleyball team, Pitzer Store, Liaison for Asian Studies at Pomona
  • Favorite Pitzer Memory: Picnicking on the Mounds with my friends
  • Fun Fact: The longest I’ve ever been in one country was during COVID

Lucy Conover ’23 (she/her)

  • Hometown: La Mesa, CA (east San Diego)
  • Major(s): Science, Technology and Society major, Mathematics minor
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: Philosophy of Technology or Fantastic Archaeology (a tie!)
  • Campus Involvements: STS Major Liaison for Pitzer, on-campus art fair participant (such as Storyteller’s Festival), Math tutoring
  • Favorite Pitzer Memory: Giving my first campus tour and sharing my love of Pitzer with prospective students!
  • Fun Fact: I loved Lady Gaga so much (and still do) in elementary school that I performed an elaborate hula hoop routine to her music in the 4th grade talent show.

Quentin Jenkins ’23 (he/him)

  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Major(s): Sociology & Africana Studies double major
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: Wokeness: African American Social Theory
  • Campus Involvements: First-Gen Club, Office of Black Student Affairs, Racial Justice Initiative, Student Liaison for Sociology field group
  • Favorite Pitzer Memory: The 5C Carnival!
  • Fun Fact: I studied abroad in the United Kingdom and was able to travel to a total of 7 other countries during my time away.

Sydney Gerteis ’23 (she/her)

  • Hometown: Cleveland, OH
  • Major(s): Sociology & Studio Art double major
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: Sociology of Health and Medicine
  • Campus Involvements: Ceramics TA, Public Health Club
  • Favorite Pitzer Memory: Studying abroad with the Pitzer in Costa Rica Summer Health program!
  • Fun Fact: My sister, Capri, and I are named after places!

Aayushi Kapadia ’23 (she/her)

  • Hometown: Bakersfield, CA
  • Major(s): Human Biology
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: Multilingual Writing
  • Campus Involvements: Academic Standards Committee on Student Senate, Joint Medical Program, California Students for Public Health, Tamasha, SASA
  • Favorite Pitzer Memory: Playing Capture-the-Flag on the Mounds at midnight!
  • Fun Fact: Cooking is my therapy 👩‍🍳

Anton van Schaik ’23 (he/him)

  • Hometown: New York City, New York
  • Major(s): Food & Agriculture Studies (self-designed)
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: Introduction to Black and White Photography
  • Campus Involvements: Leader of CSA (Claremont Supported Agriculture), Co-President of Pitzer Baking Club, Office of Admissions, RLOA (Residence Life Office Assistant), Volunteer at the Pitzer Student Garden
  • Favorite Pitzer Memory: Picking figs from the Pitzer Garden and then making jam from them
  • Fun Fact: My first pet was a silver Chinchilla named Goldie.

Annemarie Gerlach ’23 (she/her)

  • Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
  • Major(s): Economics & Music (Opera Performance Concentration) double major
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: Color Theory
  • Campus Involvements: Senior Class Representative, Upperclassmen Resident Assistant, Residence Hall Council, Music Department Peer Tutor
  • Favorite Pitzer Memory: finding a hand-printed tie-dye Pitzer shirt made by a student in the fig tree.
  • Fun Fact: I was an OA leader for this year’s trip to Catalina Island where I ate a hornet.

Aloha Cerit ’23 (she/they)

  • Hometown: Honolulu, HI
  • Major(s): Sociology & Organizational Studies double major, Economics minor
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: College Inside-Out
  • Campus Involvements: New Student Orientation Coordinator, Pitzer Outdoor Activities, CASA, 5C Roller Derby, Gold Student Center Staff
  • Favorite Pitzer Memory: My first day in a Sociology classroom! I loved learning from the professor so much that he is now my advisory, and I decided to pursue a major in Sociology.
  • Fun Fact: I was born in Istanbul and am half Turkish.

Micah Tratt ’23 (he/him)

  • Hometown: Seattle, WA
  • Major(s): Molecular Biology
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: Spanish in the Community
  • Campus Involvements: Research with Dr. Wiley and Dr. Finseth, Keck Science Peer Tutors, Surf Club, Claremont Lacrosse, and Chem Club.
  • Favorite Pitzer Memory: Returning to campus after 18 months due to COVID
  • Fun Fact: During my gap year, I worked in a cancer research lab studying Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).


Rowan Hoel ’23 (she/her)

  • Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Major: English & Sociology
  • Minor: Classics
  • Involvements: Academic Guide, Intramural Volleyball, Founder of Pitzer-sponsored Art Collective: “Bimbo Summit,” Podcast Internship at Les Deux You Remember This?
  • Fun Fact: I was a tap dancer for 10 years and so was my dad!

Bree Reed ’23

  • Hometown: Lake Balboa, CA
  • Major: Molecular Biology
  • Involvements: POA, Inner-tube Water Polo, & Baking Club
  • Fun Fact: I own more than 60 pairs of graphic crew socks!

Alexa Potter ’25 (she/her)

  • Hometown: Manhattan, NY
  • Major: Environmental Analysis & Gender Feminist Studies
  • Involvements: Sunrise, Reproductive Justice Club, POA, Outdoor Adventures, Slacklining, Beach Swims, Poetry, Climbing/Surfing
  • Fun Fact: I am a certified rescue SCUBA Diver!

Maya Levine ’23 (she/her)

  • Hometown: Park City, Utah
  • Major: Self-Designed Public Health
  • Minor: Media Studies (Film)
  • Involvements: Curriculum writer and teacher for A Cleaner Tomorrow (ACT), Roller Derby Team, & Climbing Club
  • Fun Fact: I am in the process of getting an A License for skydiving!

Mahima Kumar ’23 (she/her)

  • Hometown: Cupertino, CA
  • Major: Physics
  • Minor: Mathematics
  • Involvements: Pitzer Advocates, OA Leader, APAC, WALH, & Keck Physics Grader
  • Fun Fact: I can play 4 musical instruments, and I’m always trying to learn more!

Eva Swartz ’25 (she/her)

  • Hometown: Arcata, CA
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Involvements: March for Our Lives, RAD Lab, Sunrise Movement, Hiking and Painting
  • Fun Fact: I’ve had a pet frog named Joyce for 7 years!

Duncan Speirs ’25

  • Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA
  • Major: Economics
  • Involvements: Pomona-Pitzer Track & Field, Student Garden
  • Fun Fact: I love pokemon, tea, and my cape sundew!

Jordan Klein ’23 (she/her)

  • Hometown: Oakland, CA
  • Major: Media Studies
  • Campus Involvements: Claremont Greenshirts Ultimate Frisbee, 5×5 Films, & OA Leader
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  • Fun Fact: I was in the top 1% of Taylor Swift’s Listeners on Spotify in 2020!

Austin Dowd ’24 (she/her)

  • Hometown: Boston, MA
  • Major: Environmental Analysis and History
  • Campus Involvements: Sunrise Movement, Chicken Caretaker, Gardening
  • Fun Fact: I have an identical twin sister who was born 2.5 hours after me!

Liam Davis-Bosch ’24 (they/them)

  • Hometown: New York, NY
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Data Science
  • Campus Involvements: President of Queer Trans+ Student Alliance, DISCOVR, Project Sunshine, crafting
  • Fun Fact: I did flying trapeze for 5 years and wanted to be in the circus when I was younger!

Dey Wallace-McKinstry ’25 (he/him)

  • Hometown: Norwalk, CT
  • Major: Psychology & Political Studies
  • Campus Involvements: BSU, LSU, Pitzer Advocates
  • Fun Fact: I named my first dog “Linen” after the fabric because I thought the word sounded cool!

Adaija Sheppard ’25 (she/her)

  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Major: Organizational Studies & Psychology
  • Campus Involvements: Resident Assistant ,Vice President of the first generation club, executive board member of BSU, WAB improv
  • Fun Fact: I have seen Hamilton 8 times live!

Annie Lewis ’23 (she/her)

  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Theatre
  • Campus Involvements: Spotlight MT, Black Student Union, volunteering
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Marissa Markey ’25 (she/her)

  • Hometown: Torrance, CA
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minor: Planning on minoring in data science, or economics
  • Campus Involvements: PP Womens Tennis, Tutors for a Cause, OA Leader, Global Mental Health Lab, Tennis Coach, Board Games Club, reading
  • Fun Fact: I have visited 27 states and I hope to visit them all one day!

Soren Laskin ’25 (they/them)

  • Hometown: Houston, TX
  • Major: Organizational Studies
  • Minor: Sociology
  • Campus Involvements: Hillel, APAC, taekwondo club (VP), comics, student senate, video games, skiing, board games, reading
  • Fun Fact: I have a boating license


Solange Baker ’23

  • Hometown: San Francisco, CA
  • Major: Sociology
  • Involvements: Black Student Union, Diversity Intern, Ever Upward Pictures Student Productions, Bayshore Elementary Instructional Aid and Specialist
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: “Unruly Bodies: Black Womanhood,” and “Racial Politics of Teaching”
  • Fun Fact: I have creative directed and produced 5 music videos!

Sergio Quechol ’23

  • Hometown: Inglewood, CA
  • Major: Latin American Studies and Gender & Women Studies
  • Involvements: Central American Student Association, Latinx Student Union, First Gen, Claremont Student Worker Alliance, Writing Center Fellow, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: Gender, Radicalism & Revolution
  • Fun Fact: I am a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow!

Dominic Arzadon ’23

  • Hometown: Honolulu, HI
  • Major: Environmental Analysis and Critical Global Studies
  • Minor: Asian American Studies
  • Involvements: Asian Pacific American Coalition, First Gen, Robert Redford Conservancy Fellow
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: Race, Empire, Filipinx America
  • Fun Fact: I biked around an entire island in 2 hours while abroad in South Korea!

Jocelyn Vega ’23

  • Hometown: Napa, CA
  • Major: Sociology and Chicanx Latinx Studies
  • Involvements: Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Latinx Student Union, First-Gen Club, CLSA Sponsor, and Encuentros
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: Sociology of Education
  • Fun Fact: My arms are double-jointed!

Diego Villegas Ayala ’24

  • Hometown: San Francisco, CA
  • Major: Organizational Studies and Chicanx Latinx Studies
  • Involvements: Latinx Student Union, First Gen Club, Identity Board, Spanish Conversation Tutor
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: Queer Latinx Migration
  • Fun Fact: I have a two-year-old turtle named Bartholomew!


Maddie Hall ‘24

  • Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Major: Combined major in Political Studies and Organizational Studies
  • Involvements: Writing Center, Tutors for a Cause, Claremont Concert Orchestra
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: US Democracy in Comparative Perspective
  • Fun Fact: I lived and worked on an eco-farm in PA last spring semester!

Nati Azmera ‘24

  • Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Major: Double major in Computer Science and Econ-Accounting
  • Involvements: EESA, Debate Union
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: Econ Statistics
  • Fun Fact: One of my best friends is a tree!

Simone Paradis ’23

  • Hometown: Sandy Hook, CT
  • Major: Combined major in Political Studies and Organizational Studies
  • Involvements: Writing Center, Tutors for a Cause, Claremont Concert Orchestra
  • Favorite Pitzer Class: US Democracy in Comparative Perspective


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