Julian Cohen
Backpacking: Leaky Lakes
Julian Cohen
Backpacking: Leaky Lakes

Year: Junior

Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Major: Biophysics

I am at Pitzer because:  I am drawn to the compassion, intellectual rigor, and the willingness to be vulnerable that characterizes the student body, faculty, and staff alike. And also because everyone is so goofy!

Outside of class I: Love to laugh! I can’t think of many more ways to enjoy myself than to get silly and generate humor. In the midst of that, I love to play pickup and intramural sports, explore new music, and ponder the nature of consciousness and existence.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Topanga Canyon. I stayed there with family friends the week I interviewed at Pitzer, and had dinner with them the night before I moved in during my first year. Other than Claremont, I’d consider it my second home in the area.


Sophie Samiee
Backpacking: Leaky Lakes
Sophie Samiee
Backpacking: Leaky Lakes

Year: Junior

Hometown: Portlnd, OR USA

Major: Biology Major

I am at Pitzer because:  My person values align very well with those of Pitzer College. Additionally, I believe the institution cultivates an environment in which students can grow and develop every aspect of their character, rather than just academically.

Outside of class I: Throw ceramics, backpack, make kombucha, cook, and pet my dog (when home).

My Favorite place in Southern California is: On the top of mountain (any mountain will do)


Addison Thompson
Backpacking: Leaky Lakes
Addison Thompson
Backpacking: Leaky Lakes

Year: Senior

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland

Major: Geology

I am at Pitzer because:  The culture that it fosters.  At Pitzer discussions that may be had in class transcend the walls of the classrooms which is a testimony to the dedication of the students to their trade as well as the pure interest and curiosity that the classes instill in us students.

Outside of class I: can be found playing intramural and/or club soccer or looking for pleasing/geologically pertinent rocks in your back yard

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Death Valley or the Muji store in Arcadia


Al Mckown
Backpacking: Leaky Lakes
Al Mckown
Backpacking: Leaky Lakes

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


Matías Biraben
Backpacking: Sky High
Matías Biraben
Backpacking: Sky High

Year: Senior

Hometown: Los Angeles

Major: Human Biology

I am at Pitzer because:  of the incredible community!

Outside of class I: Make music, make pizza, make pasta, make art, go camping

My Favorite place in Southern California is: The coast between LA and San Francisco


Eliana Cowan
Backpacking: Sky High
Eliana Cowan
Backpacking: Sky High

Year: Senior

Hometown: Bainbridge Island, WA

Major: Human Biology

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the community here! Wonderful, inspiring people in a beautiful place

Outside of class I: cook, create, hang out with plants (and sometimes people, too), and spend time in nature!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Idyllwild


Gabe Perry-Freer
Backpacking: Sky High
Gabe Perry-Freer
Backpacking: Sky High

Year: Junior

Hometown: Portland Oregon

Major: Geology

I am at Pitzer because:  It is a unique institution that promotes multifaceted learning and intercultural studies

Outside of class I: I spend as much time as possible outside. I backpack, climb, bike and scuba dive (just to name a few).

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mt. Baldy. As a geologist this is a pretty fascinating region!


Justin Sleppy
Backpacking: Sky High
Justin Sleppy
Backpacking: Sky High

Year: Junior

Hometown: Juneau, AK

Major: Undeclared

I am at Pitzer because:  Pitzer provides countless opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning experiences on and off campus.

Outside of class I: love to travel, engage in community service, take photographs, bike, attend sporting events, and go for hikes/runs.

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


Grace Greene
Beach Camping: Crystal Cove
Grace Greene
Beach Camping: Crystal Cove

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


Lucy Park
Beach Camping: Crystal Cove
Lucy Park
Beach Camping: Crystal Cove

Year: Junior

Hometown: London, England

Major: designing my own

I am at Pitzer because:  i care about social and environmental justice

Outside of class I: sing and play guitar. I am on Spotify!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Little Tokyo in LA


Grace Russell
Beach Camping: Doheny
Grace Russell
Beach Camping: Doheny

Year: Senior

Hometown: Pacific Grove, Ca, USA

Major: Political Studies and Studio Art

I am at Pitzer because:  I relate to Pitzer’s core values of conservation, education and equality

Outside of class I: enjoy reading, art, hiking, rock climbing, the outdoors

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mt. Baldy


Olivia Lenfestey
Beach Camping: Doheny
Olivia Lenfestey
Beach Camping: Doheny

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Major: Undeclared– English and EA double major

I am at Pitzer because:  the kind, compassionate, and engaged community

Outside of class I: love to write, hike, and jump into any body of water

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Thousand steps beach!


Max Sweeney
Beach Camping: Doheny
Max Sweeney
Beach Camping: Doheny

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA.

Major: Organizational Studies, Maybe Political Studies.

I am at Pitzer because:  I applied to pitzer because I agreed with the core values, admired how well pitzer followed those core values, and because I wanted to be in an academically rigorous environment. What keeps me at pitzer is the welcoming community that is always striving to be better and the students/profs/employees who challenge my worldview and force me to be a more thoughtful person.

Outside of class I: Play guitar, drink tea, sing (predominately in the shower), practice Kung Fu, follow politics, play smashbros, hike , and (occasionally) workout.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: My hometown, Santa Barbara. I say this because, in Santa Barbara, you are always only 2 miles away from the beach and the mountains (both of which are gorgeous), you can always smell the ocean, and, most importantly, my dog Sparky Sweeney lives in Santa B


Natalie Armstrong
Beach Camping: San Clemente
Natalie Armstrong
Beach Camping: San Clemente

Year: Senior

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Major: Environmental Analysis, minor in Geology

I am at Pitzer because:  there is a community centered around their core values and morals that creates an inclusive, welcoming, and encouraging environment

Outside of class I: love being with my friends, going to the beach, and backpacking around Southern California

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Topanga State Park


Aloha Cerit
Beach Camping: San Clemente
Aloha Cerit
Beach Camping: San Clemente

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Major: sociology (undeclared)

I am at Pitzer because:  I visited after being accepted in April and I fell in love with this place and community.

Outside of class I: play roller derby, take care of my dog, spend time with my friends

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Baldy when there is snow!


Olivia Landgraff
Beach Camping: San Clemente
Olivia Landgraff
Beach Camping: San Clemente

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!


Elliot Raskin
Camp Pitzer: Alpine
Elliot Raskin
Camp Pitzer: Alpine

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Major: Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) or Politics and Economics

I am at Pitzer because:  I’m at Pitzer because of the loving community and the resources offered inside and outside the classroom that have and will continue to foster my best self.

Outside of class I: Outside of class I like to read, pole vault and stay active, go on hikes (when warm), hangout with friends, and participate in extracurriculars.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: My favorite places in S. California are Del Mar and Santa Monica.


Vincent Sutton
Camp Pitzer: Alpine
Vincent Sutton
Camp Pitzer: Alpine

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: San Francisco, Ca

Major: maybe Neuroscience major and EA minor

I am at Pitzer because:  I wanted to be apart of a community that looked to take action in the form of social justice as a primary goal.

Outside of class I: like to play basketball with my friends, read some epics and adventure stories, go camping with my homies, hang out and play cards or just talk

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Santa Monica beach and Venice beach

Anne Warzecha
Camp Pitzer: Alpine
Anne Warzecha
Camp Pitzer: Alpine

Year: Junior

Hometown: Boston, MA

Major: Psychology

I am at Pitzer because:  I truly believe Pitzer is the best possible fit for me as a college. The community here makes me feel at home.

Outside of class I: Spend time with friends, coach swim team, and I get outdoors for hikes and camping.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Catalina Island!


Kristen Brown
Camp Pitzer: Meadows
Kristen Brown
Camp Pitzer: Meadows

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!


Ryan Fann
Camp Pitzer: Meadows
Ryan Fann
Camp Pitzer: Meadows

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Arcadia, California

Major: Behavioral Economics

I am at Pitzer because:  I want to learn how to enact social change.

Outside of class I: Outside of class, I love playing games, reading, watching movies, making short films, listening to music, and chilling in hammocks.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Santa Monica Pier


Gurmukh Singh
Camp Pitzer: Meadows
Gurmukh Singh
Camp Pitzer: Meadows

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Bangalore, India; Manila, Philippines and Karuizawa, Japan

Major: International Political Economy

I am at Pitzer because:  There is no better place in the US where I can actively practice taking pertinent aspects of every culture that I grew up in, and further forming and shaping them through different perspectives. The Consortium especially allows this, because together we are a medium sized small school but benefit from having very different types of people admitted by the different colleges. Because I get to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country with some of the most interesting people from the country and beyond.

Outside of class I: Ski, Wakeboard, Cook, Climb, Road trip, Film

My Favorite place in Southern California is: The little elevated square up on Potato Mountain as the sun starts to set. To just sit for a couple minutes!


Brady Anderson
Catalina: Cabrillo
Brady Anderson
Catalina: Cabrillo

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Demver Colorado

Major: Undeclared

I am at Pitzer because:  I wanted to attend a school with a small, strong community

Outside of class I: read, camp, ski, make/watch movies, run, write, and spend time with family and friends

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Joshua Tree

Matthew Brunstad
Catalina: Cabrillo
Matthew Brunstad
Catalina: Cabrillo

Year: Junior

Hometown: New York City, NY

Major: Economics, Geology, & I take a lot of history classes

I am at Pitzer because:  it is the center of discussion and progress among the 5C’s

Outside of class I: like to participate in student government, play intramural sports, and read by the Pitzer Pool…

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Los Angeles, San Diego is a close second


Emily Sender
Catalina: Cabrillo
Emily Sender
Catalina: Cabrillo

Year: Senior

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: American Studies and Spanish

I am at Pitzer because:  I love Pitzer’s core values, California, and the consortium.

Outside of class I: love to read, cook, and dance with my friends.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Lechuza Beach…but don’t tell anyone, it’s a secret!


Laurel Taschetta
Catalina: Cabrillo
Laurel Taschetta
Catalina: Cabrillo

Year: Senior

Hometown: Burlingame, CA

Major: Human Biology major, Spanish minor

I am at Pitzer because:  the students here are so passionate. It is inspiring to be around that every day!

Outside of class I: to spend time at the beach, climb rocks, play music and cook.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Deep Creek Hot Springs


Henry Dolin
Catalina: Goat
Henry Dolin
Catalina: Goat

Year: Senior

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois. USA

Major: Double Majoring in Social Entrepreneurialism and Media Studies.  Minoring in Environmental Analysis

I am at Pitzer because:  I care about making an impact

Outside of class I: take photos, hike, read, cook, travel, and climb.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Santa Monica


Jamie Helberg
Catalina: Goat
Jamie Helberg
Catalina: Goat

Year: Senior

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: EA, IIS (Spanish Minor)

I am at Pitzer because:  I wanted my academic career to be crafted towards my passions

Outside of class I: like to cook, kayak, bike, go to concerts, spend time with family, go to the movies, go to museums, take the train/travel somewhere new

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Catalina Island, San Diego, Big Bear, Palm Desert


Sophie True
Catalina: Goat
Sophie True
Catalina: Goat

Year: Senior

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Major: Major: Environmental Analysis (Science Track), Minor: Economics

I am at Pitzer because:  I believe in the core values at Pitzer and love the close knit community that the school has to offer.

Outside of class I: Play on the Pomona-Pitzer basketball team and am spending time with my friends.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Either top of Mt. Baldy or the beach.


Zach Weiss
Catalina: Goat
Zach Weiss
Catalina: Goat

Year: Senior

Hometown: Chicago IL

Major: Geology

I am at Pitzer because:  I love it here

Outside of class I: rock climb and ski

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Bishop CA


Olivia Mendoza
Catalina: Hermit
Olivia Mendoza
Catalina: Hermit

Year: Senior

Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Major: Geology and EA

I am at Pitzer because:  I knew it would give me a good platform to collide my passion for math, science, and society. I also resonated with the core values of Pitzer along with the community aspects of it.

Outside of class I: I play for the Pomona-Pitzer tennis team which takes up a significant amount of time. I am also a part of the Mixed Identity Exchange affinity club which has been a safe place for me on campus since freshman year. Freshman year I was part of ACT which sta

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Truly any place near the ocean, probably San Pedro.


Ethan Vitaz
Catalina: Hermit
Ethan Vitaz
Catalina: Hermit

Year: Junior

Hometown: Grand Rapids Mi, USA

Major: Self designed major in sustainable design

I am at Pitzer because:  When I came to visit I immediately felt a connection. I love that I can make my own interdisciplinary major.

Outside of class I: Camp, skate, rock climb, read

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Death valley


Miranda Smith
Catalina: Hermit
Miranda Smith
Catalina: Hermit

Year: Senior

Hometown: Palo Alto

Major: Media Studies Major, American Studies Minor

I am at Pitzer because:  I love to be surrounded by innovative and inspiring people!

Outside of class I: do stand-up, improv comedy, play soccer, and embroider!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Claremont!


Sarah Sato
Catalina: Hermit
Sarah Sato
Catalina: Hermit

Year: Senior

Hometown: Boston, MA

Major: Psychology, Anthropology

I am at Pitzer because:  it’s inclusive, beautiful, and filled with opportunities

Outside of class I: like to backpack, play music, write, swim

My Favorite place in Southern California is: death valley


Hannah Zurmuhl
Catalina: Parsons
Hannah Zurmuhl
Catalina: Parsons

Year: Senior

Hometown: Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Major: Environmental Analysis

I am at Pitzer because: I am currently enrolled in the CASA Pitzer program, which has allowed me the opportunity to be immersed in the surrounding communities. Being involved in community engagement in the local area has been a fulfilling experience, and has helped allow me to be involved in work surrounding social and environmental justice.

Outside of class I: swim for Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Swim and Dive, am an intern for Huerta Del Valle, work as a lifeguard, work at the GSC, love taking trips to Baldy and being outside

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Laguna beach

Isabel Downes-Le Guin
Catalina: Parsons
Isabel Downes-Le Guin
Catalina: Parsons

Year: Junior

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Major: English and World Literature and Gender and Feminist Studies Majors, Dance Minor

I am at Pitzer because:  of the sun, a couple of amazing professors and lots of wonderful friends

Outside of class I: love to read, write, move my body in any way (climb, run, hike), be in the ocean and cook for people

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Joshua tree!


EB Kolbrener
Catalina: Parsons
EB Kolbrener
Catalina: Parsons

Year: Junior

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Major: Special Major in Biopower and Politics of the Body

I am at Pitzer because:  of the amazing people and classes here. Since arriving at Pitzer I have been reminded and surprised time again how incredible the students at this school are. When I first arrived I was so delighted to find friends who were passionate about social justice, art, music, school and niche desires of their own. I am so grateful and lucky to say I have found friends here who have taught me how to love tenderly and radically–this year I (finally) “came out” and have been surrounded by warm, supportive people and have discovered my chosen family in the queer community on campus. I feel so lucky for the classes here that allow me to make my own major in a field I am passionate about; biopolitics. It is so fulfilling to take classes that line up with my personal and political interests (queer and crip theory, prison abolition, writing, etc.,) and to have the opportunity to make a major out of it.

Outside of class I: I am very busy planning Kohoutek Music and Arts Festival (of which I am co-president and secretary), writing, playing music with friends, planning and hosting the campus open mic Shakedown Sounds, and beginning plans for the musical I am directing!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: A diner I went to once in Santa Monica. We had been camping for a few days and it was cold and rainy and we stumbled upon Swingers Diner. It was a fairytale for cold, hungry, dirty, slightly annoyed coeds. Swingers had vegan pancakes and vegan nachos!


Max Meyers
Catalina: Parsons
Max Meyers
Catalina: Parsons

Year: Senior

Hometown: Eugene, OR

Major: Geology

I am at Pitzer because:  of the people! I was so impressed by the student body, and continue to be.

Outside of class I: Cook, rock climb, collage, garden, and just about anything outside!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Fairview Mountain climbing crag, right outside Apple Valley


Milly Chi
Histories of Activism
Milly Chi
Histories of Activism

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Buena Park, CA

Major: Media Studies and Asian American Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  it is an amazing place to learn, grow, and engage meaningfully with the world around us. From the start, the core values really spoke to me, and I appreciate the social justice-oriented education, passionate community, and California sun!

Outside of class I: read, make art, design media, journal, help plan events on campus!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Downtown Long Beach!


Ralph Gustavo Zamora
Histories of Activism
Ralph Gustavo Zamora
Histories of Activism

Year: Junior

Hometown: Ontario/Watts-Los Angeles, California, United States

Major: Environmental Analysis (Policy Track)

I am at Pitzer because:  I value and put into practice what Pitzer preaches.

Outside of class I: Love to listen to music as well as produce/create it.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: South Central-Los Angeles because it is where I call home.


Paris Primm-Terry
Histories of Activism
Paris Primm-Terry
Histories of Activism

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Inglewood, CA

Major: Psychology & Organizational Studies Combined Major Africana Studies Minor

I am at Pitzer because:  of the core values and amazing people!

Outside of class I: love writing poetry and hanging out in the BSU room!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Santa Monica


Clint Isom
Iconic LA
Clint Isom
Iconic LA

Year: Junior

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Major: Econ, CS

I am at Pitzer because:  Of the liberal arts education with an emphasis on social justice.

Outside of class I: am VPE of the student body– which takes up most of my time. I also like to ride horses and play the piano.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Anywhere by the beach.


G Tucker
Iconic LA
G Tucker
Iconic LA

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Maui, HI

Major: Political Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  Pitzer represents the progressive, driven, safe environment I have always dreamed of. As a queer, trans, non-binary person coming, Pitzer felt like a breath of the freshest air. It rekindled my hope in people and the future, because Pitzer is filled with incredible, intelligent, and driven people who actually care about the future of our country and our planet. Pitzer makes me believe that the progressive society that I long thought was too ambitious, might actually be possible.

Outside of class I: like to do a number of things. Some of my main hobbies include art (painting, drawing, writing, doing digital art), practicing guitar, skateboarding with my friends (me and some first years started a small Pitzer skate collective so we can learn to skate

My Favorite place in Southern California is: I have had a lot of great times exploring SoCal in the last six months of being here. I really love the beaches and the mountains. Having access to great museums in LA has been so incredible as well.


Ernesto Fritts
Iconic LA
Ernesto Fritts
Iconic LA

Trip: Iconic LA

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Washington, DC

Major: Undeclared (hopefully music)

I am at Pitzer because:  I was drawn to the environment and the unique individuals I was sure I would find here. I fell in love with this school when I stepped foot on campus, not before. It was actually being here and smelling the dry air that made me realize I wanted to be at Pitzer.

Outside of class I: Love to sing and watch cooking videos! I’m actually the Vice President of the Claremont Shades this semester!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: The boardwalk at the Hotel Del Coronado on Coronado Island in San Diego has one of the most magnificent sunsets I have ever seen.


Elyse Endlich
LA Arts & Food: Avocado
Elyse Endlich
LA Arts & Food: Avocado

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Needham, MA, USA

Major: Linguistics major (potential double major in French)

I am at Pitzer because:  I value discussion and education. I love that the people here are nerdy and thoughtful but also fun and friendly.

Outside of class I: love cooking, reading linguistics articles, making memes about my classes, and spending time with my friends.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Pitzer (cliche but true)! Otherwise, Santa Barbara.


Eamon Morris
LA Arts & Food: Avocado
Eamon Morris
LA Arts & Food: Avocado

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Orange

Major: Undeclared

I am at Pitzer because: I wanted to surround myself with an environment of kind, welcoming, creative, and involved individuals.

Outside of class I: like to read, binge-watch Netflix, run, and write for The Student Life

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach


Kieona Buchanan
LA Arts & Food: Avocado
Kieona Buchanan
LA Arts & Food: Avocado

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Rolling Fork, MS

Major: Organizational Studies, Psychology

I am at Pitzer because:  of the endless opportunities and amazing people.

Outside of class I: I like to read books, do makeup, hang with friends, and cook.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Chick-fil-a


Angel Del Amor
LA Arts & Food: Citrus
Angel Del Amor
LA Arts & Food: Citrus

Year: Senior

Hometown: New Orleans, LA and Turtle Island/Caribbean

Major: Specialized Major: Afro-Indigenous Studies centering Art and Spirituality for Healing, Minors: Latin America & Caribbean Studies and Geology Minor

I am at Pitzer because:  I want to learn as much as I can to better my own communities and to help bring my ancestors’ dream to life. I am here to keep out lineage alive and so that no one forgets us and that we are not lost in time. We are more than the Middle Passage, we are more than slavery, we are more than genocide, we are more than bodies. I am here to represent Afro-Indigenous beauty and excellence with kindness, love, and happiness.

Outside of class I: Love to make art, heal through my ancestral practices, spend time with the Earth/nature, spend time with my loving friends/chosen family, and enjoy the small things in life.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: I don’t know honestly, but I love S. California in general and its so beautiful to me. I can’t pick.


Stella Li
LA Arts & Food: Citrus
Stella Li
LA Arts & Food: Citrus

Year: Junior

Hometown: Shanghai,China

Major: Major in combined Organizational Studies and Psychology and minor in Media Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the shared resources of Claremont Consortium and the highly active student body

Outside of class I: I go to beach, watch Netflix, Vlog, and drink lots of Boba!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: La Jolla Cove


Yaquana Williams
LA Arts & Food: Citrus
Yaquana Williams
LA Arts & Food: Citrus

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


Miranda Ayres
LA Music & Vocal Arts
Miranda Ayres
LA Music & Vocal Arts

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Austin, TX

Major: Undeclared, but most likely Media Studies or Japanese

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the community of people who encourage me to pursue my interests both inside and outside of the classroom

Outside of class I: like to lay on the mounds with friends, make art at The Hive, skateboard, listen to music, and go into LA for concerts

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Los Angeles. There’s so much to see and explore! Also the hammock on the top floor of Pitzer hall


Tyra Popovich
LA Music & Vocal Arts
Tyra Popovich
LA Music & Vocal Arts

Year: Junior

Hometown: Morro Bay, California

Major: Organizational Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  I LOVE the people here, the professors, also the mountains and pasta bar…I feel surrounded by passionate and driven human beings.

Outside of class I: like to dance, sing in my a cappella group, go to concerts, the beach and taking naps!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Afters Ice Cream for that Cookie Monster flavor or Mount Baldy.


Kay Wright
LA Music & Vocal Arts
Kay Wright
LA Music & Vocal Arts

Year: Junior

Hometown: LA

Major: Psychology

I am at Pitzer because:  I live to learn from my experiences outside of class, just as much as in a class.

Outside of class I: dedicate a lot of time and energy to music, questioning the world, and spending time in nature.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: the beach at night.


Michaela Fogarty
Pedal the Pacific
Michaela Fogarty
Pedal the Pacific

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Major: Undeclared

I am at Pitzer because:  I love how this school embodies its core values and brings people of all backgrounds together.

Outside of class I: Play lacrosse, tutor for Refugee Action Network, and spend time with all of the great people I have met at Pitzer.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mt. Baldy


James Karsten
Pedal the Pacific
James Karsten
Pedal the Pacific

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Major: Intended double major in economics and computer science, possible minor in studio art

I am at Pitzer because:  I am at Pitzer because I really believe that this is a place that gives students the ability to make a change. Whether it’s through student involvement on campus (such as Student Senate) or through classes and opportunities that prepare us for later on, Pitzer really wants to see all of us fix issues that we see as important, on both a micro and macro scale. Additionally, I have found such a great community since coming to Pitzer, which includes all the friends I’ve made from different areas on Pitzer and around the 5C’s, as well as the professors that genuinely care about their students beyond just the classroom.

Outside of class I: Outside of class, I love to hang out with my friends, do photography, and cook! Whenever I have time, I also love to watch Netflix (right now I’m watching One Day at a Time and Designated Survivor).

My Favorite place in Southern California is: The Hollywood Hills


Claudia Kramer
Pedal the Pacific
Claudia Kramer
Pedal the Pacific

Year: Junior

Hometown: Centennial, CO

Major: History

I am at Pitzer because:  of the supportive community including committed and engaging professors, diverse, compassionate and ambitious students and devoted and kind staff. The Pitzer liberal arts model allowed be to explore interests outside my major and gain rounded perspectives. Simply put, Pitzer made me the person I am today and I owe it so much.

Outside of class I: play ultimate frisbee, run, hang out with friends, hike and try new things. Currently, I am learning how to rock climb, cook and play the harmonica.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Augie’s Coffee House


Jake Osgard
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Jake Osgard
Pedal the Pacific

Year: Senior

Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Major: Double Major: English & World Literature and Economics

I am at Pitzer because:  Of the incredible academics, socially active student body, proximity to Los Angeles (so I can pursue acting), and beauty of the campus itself.

Outside of class I: Travel into LA to attend an advanced acting class I’m in, and also go out on auditions for the modeling agency I work for. I love fiction novels, plays, movies. Any free weekend I don’t have acting class, is spent snowboarding at Big Bear or Mammoth

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mammoth Lakes

Peyton Woodbrown
Pedal the Pacific
Peyton Woodbrown
Pedal the Pacific

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


Chloe Ortiz
Pedal the Pacific
Chloe Ortiz
Pedal the Pacific

Year: Junior

Hometown: Santa Cruz

Major: Politics, Philosophy, Economics

I am at Pitzer because:  People aren’t afraid to be themselves and question norms

Outside of class I: Work as a bike mechanic at the GBP, do environmental public health research, rollerskate, lead EMT club, ride my bike EVERYWHERE!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: the LA Greyhound Bus Station


Serena Faruqee
Rock Climbing
Serena Faruqee
Rock Climbing

Year: Senior

Hometown: Olney, Maryland

Major: Psychology

I am at Pitzer because:  The Core Values closely resemble the Quaker values of the community I grew up in (also I love sunshine and mountains!!)

Outside of class I: love rock climbing and compete with the 5C climbing team, and I do lots of research in law and psychology

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Black’s Beach in San Diego


Ad Kay
Rock Climbing
Ad Kay
Rock Climbing

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


Steffy Larson
Rock Climbing
Steffy Larson
Rock Climbing

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Major: Undeclared

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the small, close-knit community and the strong values that the school promotes and the students embody. I appreciate the diversity and unique experiences of every Pitzer student.

Outside of class I: Play on the PP women’s lacrosse team. I love to backpack, hike, swim, snowshoe, and ski depending on the season. I also enjoy playing piano and reading.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: King’s Canyon National Park. We backpacked there for my OA and that is where I first really felt like I was a part of the Pitzer community. The alpine lakes, forests, and mountains reminded me of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges in Washington.


Diamond Pham
SoCal Local: Grove
Diamond Pham
SoCal Local: Grove

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Major: Political Science/History Major

I am at Pitzer because:  I resound deeply with the core values!

Outside of class I: Outside of class I love to paint either with oils or water color!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: to be honest i dont know… this cowgirl is still exploring!


Isabela Piedrahita
SoCal Local: Grove
Isabela Piedrahita
SoCal Local: Grove

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Dublin, OH

Major: undecided…leaning towards International/Intercultural Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  it’s core values are unlike any values promoted or adhered to by any other college I know of. Through these core values I am having the opportunity of a lifetime to learn about unfamiliar issues (and their importance!!), and engage in critical discussions that have been powerfully helping me shape my views of the this magnificent world, yet most days I am left with more questions than answers.

Outside of class I: practice mindfulness, doodle, eat maybe a little too much of “hint of lime” tortilla chips, exercise, dance, read poems, write poems, dance to mood-based music playlists that are in constant change, play in the snow on Mount Baldy

My Favorite place in Southern California is: at the moment and can likely change as a explore more, but Catalina Island at night– the stars are unlike any found on mainland Southern California


Jiwoo Yoon
SoCal Local: Grove
Jiwoo Yoon
SoCal Local: Grove

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!


Sophia Hunt
SoCal Local: Outback
Sophia Hunt
SoCal Local: Outback

Year: Senior

Hometown: Pasadena CA

Major: Sociology and Psychology Combined Major

I am at Pitzer because:  I aligned with Pitzer’s core values and I love the programs that are offered. In addition, the people here are one of a kind.

Outside of class I: enjoy watching movies and listening to Spotify

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Glendale


Milena Passage
SoCal Local: Outback
Milena Passage
SoCal Local: Outback

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Manhattan, New York

Major: Urban Studies, Anthropology, Organizational Studies

I am at Pitzer because: I appreciate how dedicated Pitzer is to Interdisciplinary Learning. I am currently taking two anthropology courses, a writing course, and microeconomics and have been able to connect everything I am learning together, which I think is special and makes learning a lot more interesting and meaningful. I have a lot of friends who are international students and throughout this year, I have gained such a better understanding of how our cultures are different.

Outside of class I: Outside the classroom, I am in APAC (Asian Pacific American Coalition), where I used to serve as the Secretary and now am the APAC Identity Board Representative. I am also the Director of Teachers for Claremont SPLASH, which is a program where we invite l

My Favorite place in Southern California is: My favorite place in Southern California is Grand Central Market in Los Angeles.  It is always busy and there are aromas from all different cultures. I also love the light signs, they are so neat!  It reminds me of New York City.


Abby McCarthy
SoCal Local: Outback
Abby McCarthy
SoCal Local: Outback

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Boston, MA

Major: Geology major and Spanish minor

I am at Pitzer because: I love Pitzer because I have made amazing connections with my peers, and I am getting a high-quality education. In particular, Pitzer has provided a very supportive community for me as an LGBTQ person.

Outside of class I: I am very involved in the 5C community. I am an active member of the 5C Roller Derby Team, as well as Rainbow People Affinity Group at Pitzer College. I attend events hosted by the Queer Resource Center, plus other events on campus.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: hiking in Southern California is a trail called Ice House Canyon, which has amazing views of the trees and mountains in the Los Angeles National Forest.


Cara Eagan
Surfing: Barrel
Cara Eagan
Surfing: Barrel

Year: Junior

Hometown: New York City

Major: Sociology

I am at Pitzer because:  The balance of academically rigorous classes with the support from professors and the community has created a  environment where I can thrive academically and socially.

Outside of class I: Am journaling on the mounds, going to the movies, dancing and laughing with my friends.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Baldy Waterfall!


Kevin Woods
Surfing: Barrel
Kevin Woods
Surfing: Barrel

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Major: Media Studies, Spanish Minor (Still undecided)

I am at Pitzer because:  Of the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects in a liberal, open, and inclusive environment.

Outside of class I: Surf (one of the more active members of the 5C Surf Club), skateboard, make music, practice photography, member/artist of LYBL Records

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Trestles (San Onofre)


Julia Szabo
Surfing: Barrell
Julia Szabo
Surfing: Barrell

Year: Junior

Hometown: Boston MA

Major: I am currently undeclared, but planning on declaring a combined major Media Studies and Gender Studies before the end of this semester

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the community, the size, and the location

Outside of class I: I like to draw/ paint, make earrings, cook at the shakedown, and go outside!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: The caves at Laguna.


Claire Manning
Surfing: Duck Dive
Claire Manning
Surfing: Duck Dive

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Boise, Idaho

Major: Environmental Science, Art

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the community of curious students who are passionate and eager to learn.

Outside of class I: I like to make clothes, read about social justice and environmental issues, backpack, ski, make pottery, and surf.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Out of all the natural wonders in California like Yosemite or the Sierras, to be completely honest, the consortium and specifically Pitzer is my favorite. It feels like home.


Jeffrey Tran
Surfing: Duck Dive
Jeffrey Tran
Surfing: Duck Dive

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


Sylvie Wilson
Surfing: Duck Dive
Sylvie Wilson
Surfing: Duck Dive

Year: Junior

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Major: Human Biology

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the required aspect of interdisciplinary understanding that goes into each course I take. I also appreciate the people I am surrounded by and the beautiful weather.

Outside of class I: love being outside — especially at the beach, reading, dancing and exploring L.A. with my friends.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Knotts Berry Farm


Leah Higgins
Surfing: Seafoam
Leah Higgins
Surfing: Seafoam

Year: Junior

Hometown: Mountain View, CA, USA

Major: Environmental Analysis

I am at Pitzer because:  PASSION

Outside of class I: like to listen to music and make playlists, swim, read, dance, practice yoga and meditation, rituals with the moon, go to the ocean

My Favorite place in Southern California is: my grandparents house


Matt Rooney
Surfing: Seafoam
Matt Rooney
Surfing: Seafoam

Year: Senior

Hometown: Pleasanton CA, United States

Major: Economics

I am at Pitzer because:  of the opportunities to learn and grow in a community full of support and diverse views

Outside of class I: run, camp, surf, hike, and explore Los Angeles and the surrounding area

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Joshua Tree or Thousand Steps beach


Danielle Kursh
Surfing: SeaFoam
Danielle Kursh
Surfing: SeaFoam

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Kentfield, California

Major: psychology major (undeclared)

I am at Pitzer because:  I am at Pitzer because I love how personal the learning experience is here, and the core values resonate strongly with me. I also love the philosophy of having a strong community.

Outside of class I: Outside of class I like to draw, listen to music, be with friends, watch TV and write

My Favorite place in Southern California is: S. Onofre Beach