Riko Ohmura is a student from Tokyo, Japan, who learned about the Claremont Colleges through their high school counselor. Drawn to Pitzer’s community and their commitment to core values, Riko was particularly interested in social justice and pursuing it through their studies and actions on campus. They are currently majoring in anthropology and considering a minor in Political Studies.
Apart from their academic pursuits, they are involved in various campus organizations such as CCBDC (Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company) and PISA (Pitzer International Student Association), where they currently holds the position of co-president. They also work as a Japanese grader and enjoys attending events on campus, particularly those organized by APAC (Asian Pacific American Coalition). Riko also enjoys taking photos of plants and cactus on campus that are unique and cannot be found elsewhere. In their free time, Riko enjoys reading books, crafting, singing in a choir, practicing ballroom dancing, and cooking various types of Asian food with their friends. Their favorite food on campus is McConnell’s curry bar on Fridays.
Riko’s favorite places on campus are the mounds and the PISA room. They are always open to trying new things and have recently taken up kickboxing and learning to play the violin, both of which they find fun. They are also interested in learning new languages and has already attempted to learn Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, and Chinese.