Admission Fellows 2017-18

2017-18 Admission Fellows

Alexander Landau ’18

Alexander is from Los Angeles, California and is a graduate of Brentwood School. He is a double major in Environmental Analysis and Media Studies. In addition to his academic interests in urban sustainability, green design, environmental policy and documentary filmmaking, he is also a swimmer for Pomona-Pitzer Athletics and a Fellow at the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability. After graduation, Alexander plans to use his environmental knowledge and media skills to educate people about climate change, environmental degradation and environmental justice issues. When he isn’t in the classroom or the pool, Alexander loves taking photos, cooking, going to the beach and soaking up the California sun!

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Mollie Chen ’18

Mollie was raised in Princeton NJ, where she graduated from Princeton High School. She is currently pursuing a major in Organizational Studies with a minor in Sociology. At the Claremont Colleges, she has also had the chance to study violin performance for four years, continuing a passion she has had since elementary school. In addition, Mollie is an athlete on Pomona – Pitzer’s varsity track and cross country teams.  She has also been very active in Pitzer’s Residence Life program, participating as a new student mentor, resident advisor, and orientation adventure leader. After graduation, Mollie plans on following her passion for music as she pursues a career in the music industry.

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Alison Rollman ’18

Alison is from Los Angeles, California, and is a graduate of Milken Community High School. She is majoring in Sociology and participated in the Pitzer in Ontario program where she interned with a public health nonprofit and worked with local youth on an asset-based food mapping project. During her semester abroad in Nepal, she conducted a research project on the intersection of health and Buddhist religion through studies with traditional Tibetan healers and Tibetan Buddhist nuns. On campus, she teaches yoga and meditation at the Gold Student Center, works as a peer tutor at the Writing Center, and has worked as a research assistant for professor Tessa Hicks Peterson on her forthcoming book about college student wellbeing, community engagement, and social change.

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Kat Harhai ’18

Kat grew up in Denver, Colorado, where she attended St. Mary’s Academy. Here at Pitzer College, she is pursuing a double major in Environmental Analysis and Gender & Feminist Studies. Outside of the classroom, Kat is a peer tutor at the Writing Center, a teacher and former coordinator for a student-run environmental education group (A Cleaner Tomorrow), as well as a founding member of Pitzer’s Mental Health Alliance. In her free time, Kat enjoys reading and writing poetry, listening to music, and going to the dog park with her pup, Scooter. After graduation, Kat hopes to apply the skills, knowledge and experiences she has gained while at Pitzer to a career within the field of education.

Polina Goncharova ’18

Polina Goncharova was born in Berkeley, California and raised in Castro Valley, California in the East Bay. She graduated from Bishop O’ Dowd High School in Oakland, California. Polina is majoring in Environmental Analysis within the Society and Environment track and she is minoring in Economics. On campus, she is a Robert Redford Conservancy Fellow for Southern California Sustainability, a leader in a club called A Cleaner Tomorrow, as well as a part of the First-Generation College Students club. During her time at Pitzer she studied abroad in Costa Rica during the Fall semester in 2016. In her free time, Polina loves to cook, hike, spend time exploring Southern California, potting succulents with her friends, and showing pictures of her cats to anybody who happens to be around her. Polina plans to pursue a career in environmental education and hopes to continue her own education in graduate school.

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Laila Alvarez ’18

Laila was born in Mexico City, Mexico, raised in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Pomona High School in Pomona, California. She is majoring in Human Biology and is interested in pursuing a career in research and policy changes to improve health care accessibility and preventative care for marginalized communities. In the summer 2016, Laila studies abroad in Costa Rica through the Pitzer Costa Rica Summer Health Program. While at Pitzer College Laila has served as a FirstGen Mentor, Orientation Adventure Leader, President of Encuentros, FirstGen Fellow, and Latinx Student Union Vice President. She has also interned with the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center through the Community Engagement Center at Pitzer and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Laila plans to apply to law school to further her studies in public health law.

Adriana Ceron ’18

Adriana was born in Santa Ana, El Salvador, but has lived in downtown Los Angeles since the age of five. She graduated from Edward R. Roybal Learning Center. She is a proud first-generation college student and thanks her college access program, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), for encouraging her to apply to Pitzer College. Adriana is a Sociology and Chicana/o Latina/o Studies minor. She enjoys studying higher education and is glad that a Pitzer education has allowed her to explore that passion through academics and direct involvement in the community. As a sophomore, Adriana was awarded the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship to help her pursue graduate school. That summer, she participated in UCLA’s summer research program and worked on a research project on college counseling in public high schools. Last semester, she studied abroad in Parma, Italy, and taught English courses to Italian middle school students. She hopes to apply to graduate school this fall. On campus, Adriana is involved with the Latinx Student Union and the Office of Admission as a Diversity Program Intern. She enjoys walking around downtown LA, going to concerts, and playing with cats.

Anjuli Peters ’18

Anjuli was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is a graduate of Benicia High School. As a second-year Resident Assistant, Anjuli is passionate about creating a safe and supportive community for first-year students. Anjuli is pursuing a dual major in legal studies and sociology. In the summer of 2015, she studied abroad in Costa Rica through Pitzer’s Costa Rica Summer Health Program. Anjuli also spent the academic year of 2016/2017 studying criminology at Oxford University. Her undergraduate thesis, titled ‘Trial by Media: Racial Disparities in Crime Media Coverage’, explores racial disparities in crime media coverage and its impact on a defendant’s right to a fair trial. She plans to attend law school in the future and hopes to practice law on behalf of indigent accused of crime. In her free time, Anjuli enjoys cooking, reading, and anything that involves succulents.

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Nat Bentley ’18

Nat was born in Hoa Binh, Vietnam but raised in Chapel Hill, North Carolina alongside his fraternal twin sister. He is a graduate of Cedar Ridge High School, where he completed the International Baccalaureate diploma program. He is majoring in Sociology at Pitzer. During the summer between his junior and senior year, Nat studied abroad in Vietnam through Pitzer’s pilot summer program there. While there, he was able to learn Vietnamese, eat some of the best food in his life, and begin to understand his cultural heritage. Outside of the classroom, Nat is involved in a variety of different activities. He has worked at the Grove House, one of Pitzer’s most popular on-campus eateries, for the past three years and loves the tangible skills (namely how to make tasty sandwiches) and community of people he’s gained through working there. Additionally, Nat has volunteered at the Center for Asian Pacific American Students (CAPAS) on campus over the past year and has co-hosted events to raise awareness about a number of issues facing the AAPI community today. During his junior year, Nat had the opportunity to help plan a faculty development workshop on microaggressions and inclusion in the classroom during his Institute for Global Local Action and Study (IGLAS) fellowship. Nat was the recipient of the Individual Student Award for the core value of Intercultural Understanding, which was one of the Pitzer College 2017 Student Leadership Awards. In his free time, Nat enjoys reading, listening to music, swimming and playing with puppies. After graduation, Nat plans to work for a non-profit organization centered around transgender youth advocacy.

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Stephen Chun ’18

Stephen grew up in Mukilteo, Washington, and graduated from Kamiak High School. He is currently working towards a major in Biology and a minor in Sociology. He has worked as a Residential Assistant on campus, and is currently a volunteer for the Center for Asian Pacific American Students. Additionally, he studied abroad during the summer of 2016 in San José, Costa Rica, studying the benefits and consequences of a public health care system. Stephen also worked in Victoria, BC as a research assistant to Dr. Patrick Ferree, researching Nasonia vitripennis, a species of jewel wasp during the summer of 2017. Stephen intends to work as an emergency medical technician for a year after graduation, before attending medical school. In his free time, Stephen loves running and cooking. His favorite thing to cook is his mom’s fried rice!

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