Academic Guides

Academic Guides are student leaders who welcome and support new students in their transition to Pitzer College. Academic Guides will assist a group of incoming students on academic and campus resources, as well as help to guide new students through the academic transition to college. Each Academic Guide will be assigned to a group of students from a specific First Year Seminar, and will be hands on in supporting students through the academic orientation, advising, registration, and the first week of classes.


Elinor Aspegren
Elinor Aspegren

Year: Senior

Hometown: Palo Alto, California

Major: Political Studies Major, History Minor

I am at Pitzer because: I love the fact that everyone is passionate it about everything they do!

Outside of class I: like to write, take photos, and box.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mt. Baldy!


Abigail Biddle
Abigail Biddle

Year: Senior

Hometown: Katonah, New York

Major: Political Studies and Psychology Double Major

I am at Pitzer because: of the sense of community and the dedication to teaching students ways in which we can all help to shape a changing world.

Outside of class I: like to hike, needlepoint, paint, read, ski, and spend time with friends.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: anywhere on the water.


Ben Bronstein
Ben Bronstein

Year: Senior

Hometown: Pacific Palisades, CA

Major: Environmental Analysis (Sustainability and the Built Environment), Economics (minor)

I am at Pitzer because: I am at Pitzer because I am committed to the college’s core values of environmental sustainability and social responsibility. As an EA major, I appreciate the opportunity to study environmental issues in and out of the classroom by delving into the interdisciplinary courses and getting involved in several related initiatives on campus.

Outside of class I: Outside of class I like to hike, bake, spend time with friends, go to Mount Baldy and run.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Joshua Tree National Park


Kristen Brown
Kristen Brown

Year: Junior

Hometown: La Cañada, California

Major: Environmental Analysis and International/Intercultural Studies Double Major, Spanish Minor

I am at Pitzer because: the core values align with my own and there are so many opportunities!

Outside of class I: like to eat Mexican food, chase Pitzer bunnies, and thoroughly enjoy memes.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Death Valley National Park because it is so environmentally unique!


Daven Crossland
Daven Crossland

Year: Senior

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

Major: Major- Neuroscience, Minor- Spanish

I am at Pitzer because: It offers a unique blend of resources and an engaged and driven student body that inspires me to be better.

Outside of class I: Play on the Soccer team, play guitar, hike.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mt. Baldy


Grace Greene
Grace Greene

Year: Senior

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Major: Cognitive Science major, Legal Studies minor

I am at Pitzer because: I love the flexibility I have in building my own education both academically and socially!

Outside of class I: love to travel, workout, go to concerts, and read books about science

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Venice Beach


Maria Hernandez Pinto
Maria Hernandez Pinto

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Manila, Philippines and Cartagena, Colombia

Major: Political Studies Major, French Minor

I am at Pitzer because: I love how friendly, passionate, and engaged the community is!

Outside of class I: Outside of class I like to read, attend talks, watch movies, and explore the areas surrounding Claremont.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Claremont!


Ad Kay
Ad Kay

Year: Junior

Hometown: Wayland MA

Major: Psychology, English

I am at Pitzer because: of the academics and the community

Outside of class I: Rock climb, do creative writing

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Joshua Tree


Marina Kusumoto
Marina Kusumoto

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Thailand

Major: Biochemistry

I am at Pitzer because: this college has a wonderful community full of intelligent, giving people

Outside of class I: like to take photographs, and hang out with friends

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mt Baldy in November


Olivia Landgraff
Olivia Landgraff

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Prospective Media Studies Major

I am at Pitzer because: when I first walked on campus, I knew it was for me. From the beautiful setting to the core values, I could not think of a more perfect place.

Outside of class I: play roller derby, like to hike, adventure, and share stories with friends.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mount Baldy!


Al Mckown
Al Mckown

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: durango Co

Major: math

I am at Pitzer because: its cool

Outside of class I: run, hike, read

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mount Baldy Ski Hut


Emily Ng
Emily Ng

Year: Junior

Hometown: South Pasadena, California

Major: Environmental Analysis and Sociology Double Major, Spanish Minor

I am at Pitzer because: I love how passionate everyone is here. People are here to get an education and change the world!

Outside of class I: Outside of class I to bake and try new restaurants around LA. I’m from LA, but there’s always new things popping up!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: My city’s local farmer’s market. I have so many memories growing up and going there with my family and friends. Going back and sitting in the grass and eating a bag of kettle corn and watching and talking to people as they stop by is so relaxing!


Mica Pachicano
Mica Pachicano

Year: Junior

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Major: Science, Technology and Society

I am at Pitzer because: What attracted me to Pitzer was the five core values, especially intercultural understanding and social responsibility. As someone who comes from an often underrepresented background, the emphasis on these values here at Pitzer is incredibly important to me, and being able to incorporate them within my own curriculum and everyday campus life has been significant.

Outside of class I: Outside of class I enjoy writing, reading, working out at the gym, and traveling around California.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Six Flags and a neighborhood called  Highland Park in LA


Callie Radecki
Callie Radecki

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Major: Undeclared (but probably American Studies)

I am at Pitzer because: the core values of Pitzer align with the way I try to live my life. Pitzer is a school that is conscious of its impact on the world and I strive to educated and aware of my impact.

Outside of class I: Go on hikes, visit the dog shelter, hang out with friends, and read

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Claremont!


Patrizia Richardson
Patrizia Richardson

Year: Senior

Hometown: Upland

Major: Art history

I am at Pitzer because: I was offered the extraordinary experience to return to school and study at a place that valued my age and experience

Outside of class I: I love to search for good deals at thrift stores, auctions, estate sales and sometimes resell them. I explore art museums, attend art exhibit openings, and attend performances. I love to go to EDM clubs in Pomona (they’re cheap there).

My Favorite place in Southern California is: San Diego County because that’s where I’m from… I love all of the beach towns, from Carlsbad, Leucadia, Encinitas to Solana Beach and La Jolla to Pacific Beach. Fun vibe and outdoor activities there.


Megan Schmiesing
Megan Schmiesing

Year: Senior

Hometown: Mountain View, California

Major: Environmental Analysis

I am at Pitzer because: Pitzer values similar things I do, they have very strong academics, and the community of people is very special.

Outside of class I: Outside of class I like to play ultimate frisbee, cook and bake, go hiking/visit new places outdoors, do yoga, write articles, and sing.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Blackies Beach


Lillian Sterenberg
Lillian Sterenberg

Year: Senior

Hometown: New York City!

Major: Psychology Major & Music Minor

I am at Pitzer because: it’s my second home!

Outside of class I: love to sing/make music, write, draw and hang with my lovely buddies!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Salvation Mountain!


Jeffrey Tran
Jeffrey Tran

Year: Senior

Hometown: Salem, Oregon

Major: Economics Major

I am at Pitzer because: the friendly people, the sun, and collegiate swimming (PPSD)!

Outside of class I: like to swim, compete in Intramural Inner-Tube Water Polo, sing, watch old clips of Friends

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Santa Monica Pier


Shaun Whitaker
Shaun Whitaker

Year: Junior

Hometown: Durham, CT

Major: Political Studies major

I am at Pitzer because: I was thoroughly impressed by Pitzer’s core values, especially their commitment to social justice. I loved the opportunity to utilize all of the Claremont Consortium resources while also having a small college home-base with peers that I deeply admire. Every semester I am reassured that my decision to attend Pitzer was the best one I have ever made.

Outside of class I: I love to play soccer, visit National Parks, and eat Italian food.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: La Jolla Beach, San Diego


Yaquana Williams
Yaquana Williams

Year: Junior

Hometown: Irvington NJ

Major: Africana Studies Major and Legal Studies Minor

I am at Pitzer because: I fell in love with the core values and the community of students.

Outside of class I: Write and read poetry, create visual art, dance, cook, and take day trips to LA!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Malibu Beach and Daikokuya Ramen in LA

Peyton Woodbrown
Peyton Woodbrown

Year: Senior

Hometown: Greenville, SC

Major: EA, History

I am at Pitzer because: I wanted to be surrounded by open-minded people who cared about the world.

Outside of class I: bike, hike, cook, bake, write,

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Catalina


Jiwoo Yoon
Jiwoo Yoon

Year: Junior

Hometown: Busan, South Korea

Major: International Political Economy

I am at Pitzer because: I want to acquire a global education in an international setting

Outside of class I: like to hang out with friends, explore Southern California, and exercise

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Koreatown in DTLA!