Arman Ahmed
LA Arts & Food: Oranges
Arman Ahmed
LA Arts & Food: Oranges

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Bangalore, India

Major: Economics Major, Biology Minor, Pre-Med

I am at Pitzer because:  Pitzer provides me with a host of opportunities to be involved in, which I belieive is hard to find anywhere else.

Outside of class I: Love gping to the beach, reading, and travelling.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Newport, Laguna and Crystal Cove beaches because of there serene beauty of the mountains overlooking the vast blue ocean.


Nico Archer
SoCal Local Outdoors
Nico Archer
SoCal Local Outdoors

 

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Austin, TX

Major: Environmental analysis and anthropology double major

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the friendly atmosphere and smart students and staff

Outside of class I: enjoy drawing, going outside on wild adventures and taking lots of pictures

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mount Baldy when its snowing!


Arnesh Batlaw
Beach Camping: Crystal Cove
Arnesh Batlaw
Beach Camping: Crystal Cove

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: New York

Major: Computer Science

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the people and because I get a liberal arts approach to studying computer science

Outside of class I: like to listen to music, debate, and hang with friends

My Favorite place in Southern California is: J tree!!


Parker Beak
Catalina: Goat Harbor
Parker Beak
Catalina: Goat Harbor

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Minnetonka, MN USA

Major: Economics and Creative Writing Double Major

I am at Pitzer because:  Of the community and opportunity for engagement!

Outside of class I: try to make connections with the people and things around me

My Favorite place in Southern California is: J Tree


Shelby Beauchamp
Catalina: Hermit Gulch
Shelby Beauchamp
Catalina: Hermit Gulch

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Major: Psychology Major

I am at Pitzer because:  Of the ample opportunities the Claremont Schools provide

Outside of class I: Love to climb and perform with my acappella group

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mohave Desert


Matías Biraben
Catalina: Hermit Gulch
Matías Biraben
Catalina: Hermit Gulch

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Major: Undecided, Biology

I am at Pitzer because:  I can explore all my interests in classes and extra curricular activities, and because I feel aligned to Pitzer’s core values.

Outside of class I: Play music, listen to disco, read, garden, hike, build

My Favorite place in Southern California is: The stretch of coast between Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz


Xannie Borseth
Catalina: Parsons Landing
Xannie Borseth
Catalina: Parsons Landing

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Major: Sociology

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the people and sense of community, and the potential growth that exists in and outside of class.

Outside of class I: hike, backpack, read, play with my friends, bake, bike, write and collage.

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


Jan Patrice Bragado
SoCal Local Outdoors
Jan Patrice Bragado
SoCal Local Outdoors

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, but grew up in Pomona, California.

Major: International & Intercultural Studies and Sociology Double Major

I am at Pitzer because:  the food is fantastic, the people are inspiring, and the faculty members are great, the weather is great, and the campus is gorgeous! More importantly, the strong sense of community and passion of the students motivate me to thrive in my own way and make a positive impact in the world. The Pitzer Fall Diversity program assured me of this decision, as I was able to experience a hint of what Pitzer would be like. I met the most amazing people, and became very excited to meet more inspiring individuals for the entire years of college! Pitzer’s core values most definitely coincide with mine, and it just made my love for Pitzer greater.

Outside of class I: I work at Pitzer Activities, spend time with family and friends, and participate in 5C events. I also enjoy playing tennis, singing, playing the guitar and ukulele, and

My Favorite place in Southern California is: any place that has rollercoasters, a beautiful view of the mountains (especially when it has snow), or a great view of the sunset.


Natalie Brown
Camp Pitzer
Natalie Brown
Camp Pitzer

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Salem, OR

Major: Political Studies and Spanish

I am at Pitzer because:  I love being a part of Pitzer’s passionate and involved community, and love the consortium as a whole.

Outside of class I: love to read and drink coffee!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Honnold Mudd Library 2nd floor


Kendal Carr
LA Blogging & Media
Kendal Carr
LA Blogging & Media

 

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI

Major: Political Studies/Africana Studies. Minor Gender/Feminist Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  When I was applying for college it was the only school I felt I could be 100% myself and feel 100% comfortable. The core values really stuck out to me because it shows that Pitzer is trying to create agents of change and I would love to help change the world.

Outside of class I: Spend most of my time in BSU and do work for class

My Favorite place in Southern California is: In n Out because its really close to school and the people who work there are super nice


Syd Clark
Catalina: Cabrillo
Syd Clark
Catalina: Cabrillo

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Major: Undecided (considering Linguistics and/or Anthropology)

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the consortium and the core values of Pitzer really resonate with me.

Outside of class I: I like to cook, go backpacking/hiking, play/listen to music, play cards, hang out with friends, volunteer

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Catalina Island


Ben Cowan
Backpacking: Hilly Thrills
Ben Cowan
Backpacking: Hilly Thrills

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Bainbridge Island, WA

Major: Neuroscience Major, Media Studies Minor

I am at Pitzer because:  I was drawn to the incredible community here and the amazing faculty

Outside of class I: love to go on hikes, backpack, take pictures, cook, connect with friends, and explore

My Favorite place in Southern California is: the San Bernardino Mountains


Elly Cowan
Rock Climbing
Elly Cowan
Rock Climbing

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Bainbridge Island, Washington

Major: Psychology major

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the supportive and vivacious energy here that continually inspires me.

Outside of class I: love to run, climb, do yoga, cook, create music, garden, spend time outdoors.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: San Bernardino Mountains


Nico de Toledo
Surfing: Barrel
Nico de Toledo
Surfing: Barrel

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD

Major: Geology

I am at Pitzer because:  Of the core values, caring community, academic excellence and flexibility, access to exceptional resources, and great location

Outside of class I: Go to the gym, do art, hike, surf, and play guitar

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Doheny State Beach


Kevin Eggert
Pedal the Pacific
Kevin Eggert
Pedal the Pacific

 

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Saint Louis, Missouri

Major: Environmental Analysis and Spanish

I am at Pitzer because:  I enjoy being at a place where interdisciplinary studies are valued in addition to cross-cultural understanding. I can be at a place where all of my identities are valued.

Outside of class I: like to read, play tennis, swim, and take photos.

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


Ellie Ellis
Backpacking: Sky High
Ellie Ellis
Backpacking: Sky High

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Durango, CO

Major: Geology major, Environmental Analysis minor

I am at Pitzer because:  I love being surrounded by people that challenge me to think outside of my own experience.

Outside of class I: manage the Shakedown Cafe, volunteer at the Pomona Farm, and play outside as much as possible!!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Painted Canyon in the Mecca Hills.


Shaafi Farooqi
Camp Pitzer
Shaafi Farooqi
Camp Pitzer

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Chino, CA

Major: Organizational Studies/Psychology

I am at Pitzer because:  it feels like home

Outside of class I: like to write, watch Netflix, and spend time with friends.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Disneyland!

 


Livvy Feeney
Catalina: Goat Harbor
Livvy Feeney
Catalina: Goat Harbor

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Boulder CO

Major: Sociology Major, Dance Minor

I am at Pitzer because:  I am excited to be part of a like-minded community learning about how to make social change happen

Outside of class I: cook yummy food at the Grove House, go outdoors on Pitzer Outdoor Adventure trips, and love to dance

My Favorite place in Southern California is: The hot springs!


Naomi Fein
Catalina Cabrillo
Naomi Fein
Catalina Cabrillo

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA

Major: Environmental Science

I am at Pitzer because:  everyone is passionate about something, somewhere

Outside of class I: backpack, practice yoga, trail run

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Idyllwild


Ryan Ferdowsian
Catalina: Goat Harbor
Ryan Ferdowsian
Catalina: Goat Harbor

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Major: Medical Biology&Economics

I am at Pitzer because:  I want to learn how to help provide adequate health care to rural areas

Outside of class I: I like to snowboard, backpack/hike, go on long-runs, mountain bike, go to the beach, and play pickup soccer.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Catalina Island


Jacob Finkelman
Catalina: Hermit Gulch
Jacob Finkelman
Catalina: Hermit Gulch

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Major: Economics and Sociology, minor in Creative Writing

I am at Pitzer because:  I wanted to go to a school with an intimate academic setting with proximity to a city and the outdoors.

Outside of class I: like to read and bike.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mojave Desert.


Jess Folsom
Surfing: Barrel
Jess Folsom
Surfing: Barrel

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Glendora, CA

Major: Sociocultural anthropology

I am at Pitzer because:  I was attracted by the core values. The fact that this school promotes social responsibility and intercultural understanding among many other critical values is very important to me. I wanted to be at a college with movers and shakers.

Outside of class I: I love anything to do with going outdoors. I like to play tennis, hike, and go to the beach. I also love to read.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Joshua Tree because it’s only a couple hours away and yet it feels like you’re visiting another planet. I love the quirky little plants and the vastness that you have the opportunity to explore.

 

 


Alannah Forman
Catalina: Goat Harbor
Alannah Forman
Catalina: Goat Harbor

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: Major: Organizational Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  It was the school that most reflected my values and beliefs

Outside of class I: like to travel and make videos

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Catalina Island


Estefania Gallo
SoCal Theme Parks
Estefania Gallo
SoCal Theme Parks

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: Long Beach, California

Major: Sociology and Feminist Gender Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  the college’s core values of social responsibility and social engagement resonated with my own personal values. I believe that education should be used to support local communities and tackle the world’s most challenging and deep seeded issues.

Outside of class I: enjoy singing vocal jazz, advocating for local communities, writing poetry, and making music and visual art.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Boyle Heights. The chicanx history in the community is still alive. Art is made by and for the people. Boyle Heights is a neighborhood in LA that epitomizes resistance to oppression and gentrification through community empowerment.


Grace Greene
LA Arts & Food: Oranges
Grace Greene
LA Arts & Food: Oranges

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland

Major: Cognitive Science and Legal Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  I wanted a unique experience where I could freely express myself and my ideas at my college.

Outside of class I: like to work out, travel around SoCal, go on walks.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Santa Monica Beach!


Anna Hall
Pedal the Pacific
Anna Hall
Pedal the Pacific

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: Glendale, CA

Major: English/World Lit and International/Intercultural Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  being surrounded by a community of individuals who care deeply about the earth and our shared humanity ignites that same flame within me.

Outside of class I: enjoy crafting poetry, listening to and playing music, gardening, dancing in the rain, baking, traveling, and hiking.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: the Millard Canyon Falls trail hike in the San Gabriel Mountains.


Imdad Haque
SoCal Theme Parks
Imdad Haque
SoCal Theme Parks

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major: Biology, Premed

I am at Pitzer because:  I have loved Pitzer ever since I fist stepped on campus in my freshman year of high school. I basically am an encyclopedia as to what I going on at campus, and where things are, I can navigate myself and others throughout the campuses. I actually have a crash course, 5C tour that I love sharing with my friends, and I cannot wait to share with my potential mentees! I especially love the fact that I know almost everyone in my grade at Pitzer, so I have a small family, and I am constantly meeting new people around the 5C’s.

Outside of class I: Love to sing (I’m a part of the men’s white and blue a Capella group), love to bake in the demo kitchen, love to hang out with friends, play just dance, have movie nights.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: La Jolla Cove, the seals make me so happy and there is some great gelato nearby!

 


Jessica Hedison
SoCal Local Outdoors
Jessica Hedison
SoCal Local Outdoors

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Acton, Massachusetts, USA

Major: Sociology

I am at Pitzer because:  Pitzer is a place where I feel that I am accepted for who I am, while also providing a diverse, unique, academically and socially active environment where I can grow as a person. The energy and excitement of the both students and faculty was one of the first things I noticed, and inspired me to be a part of such a unique and forward-thinking college.

Outside of class I: Outside of class I like to cook and bake, read, go for runs, go to the beach, paint or draw, listen music, and explore Claremont/Los Angeles.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: My favorite place in Southern California is La Jolla, though I have only been once. The accessibility to the beach, incredible views and hiking, as well as a general relaxed vibe throughout the city are the things I enjoy and love about being in California, all condensed into one place.


Sophia Hunt
Beach Camping: Carpenteria
Sophia Hunt
Beach Camping: Carpenteria

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Pasadena CA

Major: Undeclared

I am at Pitzer because:  I like the opportunities, peers, and resources it provides me with.

Outside of class I: like to listen to music and watch anime.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Glendale


Celine Hylton-Dei
LA Blogging & Media
Celine Hylton-Dei
LA Blogging & Media

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Major: International Political Economy

I am at Pitzer because:  I wanted a small liberal arts college where class sizes were considerably small and filled with discussions by students from a plethora of places, and with extensive experiences to share.

Outside of class I: I work at the European Union Center of California and I am a member of the Black Student Union. I also like exploring cities, playing squash, watching documentaries and cooking new recipes.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Santa Monica!

 

 


Mariah Jenkins
Beach Camping: Leo Carrillo
Mariah Jenkins
Beach Camping: Leo Carrillo

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Major: Major in geology with a minor in environmental analysis

I am at Pitzer because:  Pitzer makes it possible for me to explore my passion for the natural world and activism. I feel personally connected to Pitzer’s core values, and I love going to a school filled with people who care about the community we have on campus and beyond!

Outside of class I: participate in affinity groups and explore southern California with friends

My Favorite place in Southern California is: the beach!

 


Elliot Joyce
LA Arts & Food: Avocados
Elliot Joyce
LA Arts & Food: Avocados

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: Chandler, Arizona

Major: Theatre

I am at Pitzer because:  I want to uphold the core values and provide a good environment for all the students.

Outside of class I: can usually be found talking with friends or writing something.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Pantages theater!


Erin Jung
Surfing: Sea Foam
Erin Jung
Surfing: Sea Foam

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Singapore

Major: Science and Management

I am at Pitzer because:  It is so unique and the academic environment is perfect for my learning style.

Outside of class I: I like to cook, dance and explore LA

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Santa Monica


Shivani Kavuluru
Surfing: Sea Foam
Shivani Kavuluru
Surfing: Sea Foam

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: San Jose

Major: Creative Writing & Philosophy

I am at Pitzer because:  I love this community and want to grow with it.

Outside of class I: Write poetry,stories, and songs.I also love to dance and paint too!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Leo Carillo

 


Mia Kenworthy
LA Arts & Food: Oranges
Mia Kenworthy
LA Arts & Food: Oranges

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: San Diego, CA, 92131

Major: Sociology and biology double major

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the environment, care about social justice, and love being challenged in class every day!

Outside of class I: like to practice yoga, read (for class but also for fun), cook and bake yummy foods, walk around Claremont, and spend time with my friends.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: at home with my family.


Jack Kessel
Rock Climbing
Jack Kessel
Rock Climbing

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Lake Oswego, Oregon

Major: International Political Economy Minor: Chinese

I am at Pitzer because:  I love to surround myself with like minded students who are intellectually curious and strive to gain new perspectives from other cultures and ways of life.

Outside of class I: participate in Model United Nations, am a member of Kohoutek Music & Arts Festival committee, lead a book club, surf, rock climb, and explore the great outdoors whenever possible.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: the Santa Monica Mountains


Tianna Khambatta
LA Arts & Food: Avocados
Tianna Khambatta
LA Arts & Food: Avocados

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Major: Undecided

I am at Pitzer because:  It is a small liberal arts school with friendly and accepting people.

Outside of class I: dance, teach dance, cook, draw and paint,raise funds and organize charity events.

My Favorite place in Southern California is:Los Angeles!


Olivia Klugman
Beach Camping: Doheny
Olivia Klugman
Beach Camping: Doheny

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: West Linn, OR

Major: Psychology, Media Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  I am at Pitzer because it is the most creative, supportive, and caring community I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of!

Outside of class I: Spend a lot of time with music. I sing in an A Cappella group, I perform and help organize shakedown sounds, and I am an active member of Kohoutek Music Festival committee. I also volunteer at Prototypes Women’s center as a youth group leader because I love spending time with kids, and I also work at the Pitzer Office of Advancement. I try to spend as much time outside as possible and love to travel to beaches and national parks!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Joshua Tree


Joseph Konieczny
Catalina: Cabrillo
Joseph Konieczny
Catalina: Cabrillo

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: Hadley, MA

Major: Art History + Middle Eastern Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  Pitzer’s commitment to social responsibility proves to me every day that knowledge may be important, but the application of that knowledge is just as important– Pitzer students truly want to change the world.

Outside of class I: Enjoy traveling and exploring the incredible diversity of Southern California, working as part of the Grove House kitchen staff, writing poetry, and practicing my language skills.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Either the incredible art museums along Grand Ave in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park, or my home, Pitzer College!

 


Sandy Lankireddy
Beach Camping: Leo Carrillo
Sandy Lankireddy
Beach Camping: Leo Carrillo

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Fremont, CA

Major: Human Biology; 3+4 BA-DO Program

I am at Pitzer because:  I couldn’t imagine a more passionate community to inspire me and push me towards my dreams! There was no overthinking when I was accepted into the program, I knew where I belonged.

Outside of class I: love to run, visit the animal shelter, go on adventures, write poetry, play music and sing and dance and dream!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: I’ve made my dorm room absolutely incredible, but honestly the beach, The Motley, or the Claremont Wilderness Trail are all close seconds.

 


Bashel Lewis
LA Blogging & Media
Bashel Lewis
LA Blogging & Media

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga

Major: Organiztional Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  the faculty, staff, and students make me feel special!

Outside of class I: like to apply for internships, work on my personal lifestyle blog (copefashion.com), talk to friends, and help others achieve a goal.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Santa Monica. Granted, this may not be Southern California to a lot of people, but it’s a great place. lol

 


Edward Lieberman
Beach Camping: Carpenteria
Edward Lieberman
Beach Camping: Carpenteria

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Major: Psychology Major, intended Anthropology Minor.

I am at Pitzer because:  I wanted to be with people who care about the world they live in, and are proactive about making a positive impact.

Outside of class I: like to hike, play basketball, run around.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Joshua Tree

 

 


Franci Lievanos
Camp Pizter
Franci Lievanos
Camp Pizter

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: San Juan Capistrano, CA

Major: Chicanx/ Latinx Studies & Political Science

I am at Pitzer because:  It is a community where I feel safe and accepted in every aspect of my identity. As well as its core values embody everything I stand for as a person. Pitzer has provided me a safe place where I can have my voice heard, not only in my education and classroom settings, but as well with my peers and my surroundings. From the very first time stepping on Pitzer campus as a senior in high school, I felt a sense of belonging and need to be part of this community.

Outside of class I: I like to watch Buzzfeed videos, especially the Unsolved Series. I have always been into crime shows and mysterious, so having a visual representation is really interesting. This has to be my favorite past time because I think Buzzfeed is a very interesting channel that tries to bring in different pop cultures, and it makes me feel like I am represented with series like “Pero Like”, which explores the Hispanic culture. I also like to be caught up politics not only from the United States, but also from Mexico. I also really enjoying running, especially on the days that are 65 degrees and it’s a beautiful California day. I am also involved in the CLSU community and LSU. But for the majority of the time outside of the classroom, I am doing homework and since I am extremely interested in the class I take, I usually end up looking for into a topic, especially when it comes to immigration.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: San Juan Capistrano. I say this because it is home for me. Though not originally from San Juan, it is where my family is and where I feel as though my roots stem from. It is a small community where you get to know your neighbors and those who live around you. As well as a community where you can walk anywhere. I think that this is why it has to be my favorite place. I am with in walking distance of every part of town and it makes me feel connected to every single street. It also has the Mission Basilica, which being Catholic, connects me back to my roots in Mexico, as my family is very religious back home. As well it is half white, upper-middle class and half Hispanic lower class, and it has taught me how two different societies can coincide together and can work together to better themselves.

 


Jenna Loesberg
Backpacking: Sky High
Jenna Loesberg
Backpacking: Sky High

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Maui, Hawaii

Major: Environmental Analysis, Science

I am at Pitzer because:  it was the only college that felt like home.

Outside of class I: hike, backpack, garden, and bake bread at the Grove House.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mt. San Jacinto


Natalie Mark
Surfing: Duck Dive
Natalie Mark
Surfing: Duck Dive

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Washington, DC

Major: International and Intercultural Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  California sounded better than upstate New York, Florida, and Boston. And it is.

Outside of class I: play on the 5C Women’s rugby team, co-lead MIX (Multiethnic Identities eXchange), lead Pitzer Outdoor Adventure, and enjoy frolicking around southern California with friends.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Salvation Mountain! Or Laguna Beach! Or Ricky’s Fish Taco truck!


Deve Mehta
Beach Camping: Doheny
Deve Mehta
Beach Camping: Doheny

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Major: Psychology & Anthropology

I am at Pitzer because:  I wanted a liberal arts education and make a difference in our society

Outside of class I: I do henna, like to watch movies, hang out with friends, and go on adventures

My Favorite place in Southern California is: An Indian restaurant called “Ashirwad”

 


Olivia Mendoza
Beach Camping: Crystal Cove
Olivia Mendoza
Beach Camping: Crystal Cove

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Major: Geology (maybe)

I am at Pitzer because:  I am at Pitzer because it has a unique and caring community that feels very special.

Outside of class I: Play on the tennis team, I am in MIX club, and I participate in ACT. I also like to backpack, surf, and dance.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Right in-between San Pedro and Palos Verdes because it is the most magical place to surf and play in the ocean.


Max Meyers
Catalina: Parsons Landing
Max Meyers
Catalina: Parsons Landing

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Eugene OR

Major: undeclared – possibly geology and math

I am at Pitzer because:  I have been trying to describe my reasoning since I decided to come. Honestly, the best explanation is that, when I came to visit, I just fell in love with how Pitzer felt. A more tangible reason is that I really appreciate the emphasis that Pitzer places on personal social responsibility.

Outside of class I: My favorite activities mostly take place outside. I enjoy hiking, camping/backpacking, surfing, rock climbing, kayaking, swimming, and biking. I have also been playing Ultimate Frisbee since 9th grade, and I like reading, knitting, and drawing.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Rat beach (a little surf spot in Palo Verde) or Horse Flats (a little bouldering spot up in the San Gabriels).


Christian Moniz
Surfing: Duck Dive
Christian Moniz
Surfing: Duck Dive

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Waikoloa, Hawaii

Major: Writing, Media Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  It was my number 1 choice when I applied. I stayed because I love the people and I like who I am around them.

Outside of class I: Read, backpack, watch dance videos, and play with my camera

My Favorite place in Southern California is: I like Los Angeles. Trying to get around is terrible but once I’m in the city it’s easy to have a good time.


Elle Neal
Surfing: Barrel
Elle Neal
Surfing: Barrel

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Portland, OR

Major: Human Biology

I am at Pitzer because:  of the engaging professors, diverse learning opportunities, and unique sense of community.

Outside of class I: run, cook, and laugh a lot. I also work in the Writing Center and at Prototypes in Pomona.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Guisados Tacos in Los Angeles

 


Katie Nelson
Backpacking: Sky High
Katie Nelson
Backpacking: Sky High

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Major: International and Intercultural Studies, minoring in French

I am at Pitzer because:  I started out college in a very rigid and not collaborative environment, and I transferred here so that I could join a community that is compassionate and inclusive.

Outside of class I: I backpack, work at the Grove House and Claremont Market Shares, intern at NowPow, Inc. (a company in Chicago), and I work as a Pitzer Advocate.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Jenk Lake on San Gorgornio Mountain


Socorro Nieves
Exploring Iconic LA
Socorro Nieves
Exploring Iconic LA

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Major: Legal Studies Major with a Minor in Dance

I am at Pitzer because:  the Pitzer Community is like family!

Outside of class I: like to read, dance, and be involved.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: the beach!


Alegria Martinez
SoCal Theme Parks
Alegria Martinez
SoCal Theme Parks

Position: Resident Assistant
Hometown: Pomona, CA
Major: Critical Media Studies
I am at Pitzer because: it is its own unique community of people yet I get to stay close to home and work to benefit my local community.
Outside of class I: like to dance, listen to music, go to shows, travel, and create media.
My Favorite place in Southern California is: the Griffith Park Observatory.


Emelee Pineda
LA Arts & Food: Oranges
Emelee Pineda
LA Arts & Food: Oranges

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Bronx, New York City

Major: Undecided

I am at Pitzer because:  it feels like home

Outside of class I: am always dancing or singing (not well though)

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Universal Studios


Ariel Portorreal
LA Blogging & Media
Ariel Portorreal
LA Blogging & Media

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Lawrence, MA

Major: Media Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  there’s no other place for me

Outside of class I: love to cook for my friends and make videos

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Melrose Ave

 


Eve Preucil
Catalina: Parsons Landing
Eve Preucil
Catalina: Parsons Landing

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Sun Valley, Idaho, USA

Major: Major in Organismal Biology, minor in Environmental Analysis

I am at Pitzer because:  I want to receive a top notch education in an environment where the staff and student body inspire me every day to be more socially conscious and pursue my dreams.

Outside of class I: Love to cook, garden, read and just be outside. I love to mountain bike, hike, rock climb, and ski especially.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: I love the beach

 


Aleo Pugh
LA Arts & Food: Oranges
Aleo Pugh
LA Arts & Food: Oranges

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Major: Journalism & Africana Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  the core values appealed to me

Outside of class I: play music, write articles, organize

My Favorite place in Southern California is: my room

 


Keon Rabbani
Backpacking: Sky High
Keon Rabbani
Backpacking: Sky High

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Newport Coast, CA

Major: Biochemistry


Beth Reim
Pedal the Pacific
Beth Reim
Pedal the Pacific

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Princeton, Nj

Major: Applied Chemistry

I am at Pitzer because:  I want to do what I love while also saving the world

Outside of class I: love to be outside

My Favorite place in Southern California is: San Francisco

 


Sophia Rizzolo
Rock Climbing
Sophia Rizzolo
Rock Climbing

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Denver, CO

Major: International/Intercultural Studies and History

I am at Pitzer because:  the people and the place that we share

Outside of class I: like to hike, dance (only with friends and not well), and climb.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mojave desert (or Joshua Tree)


Adi Salwan
Exploring Iconic LA
Adi Salwan
Exploring Iconic LA

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: New Delhi

Major: Double Major – Economics and Mathematics

I am at Pitzer because:  of the welcoming community, brilliant professors, endless academic opportunities and flexibility of education

Outside of class I: run, read, watch debates and FaceTime with family

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Downtown Los Angeles


Sarah Sato
Backpacking: Hilly Thrills
Sarah Sato
Backpacking: Hilly Thrills

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Brookline, MA, USA

Major: Psychology

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the small community, the passion the students have, the wide array of classes that they offer, and the cacti. The environment is so welcoming and so incredibly loving, and I honestly have never been more in love with a single place in my life.

Outside of class I: I love to write, go on walks, play/listen to music, and talk to and be surrounded by people.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Los Angeles (but I honestly haven’t explored much of Southern California yet)


Emily Sender
Surfing: Sea Foam
Emily Sender
Surfing: Sea Foam

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: Undecided

I am at Pitzer because:  I can’t think of anywhere else with values so aligned with my own. And I have never been anywhere with more passionate, loving and happy people!!

Outside of class I: might be swimming, reading, cooking, snuggling with my friends or having a dance party.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: El Matador State Beach


Sam Sjoberg
Beach Camping: Doheny
Sam Sjoberg
Beach Camping: Doheny

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Spokane, WA

Major: Undecided

I am at Pitzer because:  I believe strongly in the values Pitzer and want to learn how best I can contribute in furthering those ideals

Outside of class I: love to experience the outdoors

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Joshua Tree


Angelise Slifkin
Pedal the Pacific
Angelise Slifkin
Pedal the Pacific

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Pasadena, Ca

Major: Environmental Public Policy (at Pomona), Economics-Accounting (Robert Day School at CMC)

I am at Pitzer because:  I am at Pitzer because I believe strongly in the pursuit of knowledge. I love so many things about the community at Pitzer. I admire Pitzer students ability to be mindful and passion filled in their pursuits that are always so much bigger than themselves. Pitzer students are grounded, they are future oriented, and they deeply care about making the world a better place.

Outside of class I: Outside of class I am involved in a finance and economics program at CMC (Robert Day Scholars), I enjoy taking walks and listening to podcasts, I love all water sports, I work out and meditate to sustain my mental hygiene, I am a huge foodie (I actually went to culinary school before coming to Pitzer in Switzerland), and to fulfill my extroverted personality, I really enjoy spending time with friends.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: kayaking on the ocean or having thinking time on a beach accompanied with an appetizer spread.


Reed Stevens
Beach Camping: Leo Carrillo
Reed Stevens
Beach Camping: Leo Carrillo

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Santa Cruz CA

Major: Physics Major

I am at Pitzer because:  I love the friendly atmosphere and the sunshine.

Outside of class I: Play board games, sing, cook, and listen to music among other things.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mt. Baldy (especially when there’s snow)


Phoebe J Sung
Surfing: Duck Dive
Phoebe J Sung
Surfing: Duck Dive

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: China

Major: Biochemistry

I am at Pitzer because:  I am at Pitzer because I like the diversity in the student body, and how I am changing and becoming more socially aware and a more worldly person every day that I’m here. I am at Pitzer because the quality of education- small class sizes, diverse professors, and interesting extra-curricular activities. I’m at Pitzer because I believe that the future is dependent on the current generations, and it is important to educate our generation on social, political, and cultural issues and the inequality in this world, so that our generation will start to do our parts in helping this world become a more just place. I am at Pitzer because I am learning something every day, whether it’s from my peers or professors, or students from other Claremont colleges, I learn something new about myself, the society, the world every day. I am at Pitzer because it gives me the opportunity and space to discover and explore my passions, and my future career with the flexibility in selecting different courses.

Outside of class I: Outside of class I like to take photos, go to museums, cook, go to the beach, and hanging out with my friends.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Pasadena


Laurel Taschetta
Rock Climbing
Laurel Taschetta
Rock Climbing

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Major: undeclared but potential psychology/public health/EA major

I am at Pitzer because:  I wanted to be at a small school with the resources and variety of a large school and I really liked the idea of the consortium. I also really related to Pitzer’s core values and I came here so that I could be pushed to become the person I want to be.

Outside of class I: rock climb, play guitar, sing, paint, draw, dance, cook, hike, spend time outdoors

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Joshua Tree, it’s so beautiful and unlike any other place I’ve been. Also has great climbing and scrambling!


Mary Thomas
Beach Camping: Leo Carrillo
Mary Thomas
Beach Camping: Leo Carrillo

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Major: Alternative Medicine

I am at Pitzer because:  Social justice is my passion. I want to get involved and make the world a better more equitable and safe place.

Outside of class I: hike, dance, slackline, collect herbs, go for walks, meditate, paint, journal, go to the pool, work at Huerta, and more!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: the beach!!! California beaches blew my mind on my own OA trip. They are incomparable to Seattle beaches.


Addison Thompson
Pedal the Pacific
Addison Thompson
Pedal the Pacific

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Major: N/A

I am at Pitzer because:  Of its commitment to social justice

Outside of class I: Play club soccer and lacrosse. work at the shakedown. Member of MIX. Participates in a Wednesday meditation group. Treasurer of PAS Hall Council

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mojave Desert/Baldy

 

 


Madelaine Towbin
Catalina: Hermit Gulch
Madelaine Towbin
Catalina: Hermit Gulch

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Major: Biology

I am at Pitzer because:  PItzer People are helpful, supportive, good people who want you to succeed.

Outside of class I: run, do yoga, snowboard, and work with babies.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Crystal Cove

 


Aria Tung
LA Arts & Food: Avocados
Aria Tung
LA Arts & Food: Avocados

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Sacramento, California

Major: Sociology major, media studies minor

I am at Pitzer because:  I love how the professors and students are really passionate about what they are teaching/learning. I have met so many professors who love what they do, and that isn’t something I experienced much in middle school or high school- that has been really refreshing. Pitzer enables students to take many different courses from different fields, which I absolutely love. I have been able to take so many different kinds of classes, and feel really thankful for that.

Outside of class I: love to spend time with friends, play soccer, play trombone, go on hikes, snowboard, watch Netflix

My Favorite place in Southern California is: San Diego! I am a total beach bum, and SD has nothing but beautiful beaches, great food, and perfect weather. I love going there!


Kia Vue
Exploring Iconic LA
Kia Vue
Exploring Iconic LA

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Major: English World Literature and Organizational Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  its core values align with my personal values and beliefs.

Outside of class I: like to try different foods and catch a movie.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Griffith Observatory


Yijie Wang
Exploring Iconic LA
Yijie Wang
Exploring Iconic LA

Position: New Student Mentor

Hometown: Shanghai China

Major: Political Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  I love to do social works and Pitzer have this core value of Social Responsibility.

Outside of class I: write articles for The Student Life, cook Italian and Chinese food, and travel.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: LACMA

 


Zeke Wapner
Catalina: Cabrillo
Zeke Wapner
Catalina: Cabrillo

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Takoma Park, MD

Major: International and Intercultural Studies and Legal Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  of the perfect combination of students, professors, and endless possibilities in Southern California.

Outside of class I: like to bike, climb, hike, and dance!

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Black Mountain in the San Jacinto Mountains.

 


Zach Weiss
Catalina: Parsons Landing
Zach Weiss
Catalina: Parsons Landing

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: EA, Geology, English

I am at Pitzer because:  I cannot think of any other college I would be happier attending

Outside of class I: am an avid rock climber, skiier, hiker, skater, surfer, canoer, kayaker

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Bishop


Aviva Wolf-Jacobs
Beach Camping: Carpenteria
Aviva Wolf-Jacobs
Beach Camping: Carpenteria

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Berkeley, California, US

Major: Environmental Analysis

I am at Pitzer because:  I am passionate about social justice and the environment.

Outside of class I: like being outdoors, spending time with friends, running, and listening to podcasts.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Griffith Park

 


Krystle Yu
LA Arts & Food: Avocados
Krystle Yu
LA Arts & Food: Avocados

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Arcadia, California

Major: Organizational Studies and Asian American Studies

I am at Pitzer because:  its core values align with my own and through the campus I’ve met so many inspiring and hardworking people, who constantly encourage me to better myself.

Outside of class I: draw/paint, try new restaurants, read, and watch netflix.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Crumbs & Whiskers (Cat cafe in LA)

 


Henry Dolin
Pedal the Pacific
Henry Dolin
Pedal the Pacific

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant
Hometown
: Chicago, IL
Major: Double Major in Environmental Analysis and Economics with  minor in Media Studies
I am at Pitzer because: I love the student body, the environmental analysis program and the consortium!
Outside of classes I: have a job as the Live Sound Director at e KSPC. I’m an active member of POA and I help plan Kohoutek. I’m part of several DJ and Photography clubs. I’m an active member of the entrepreneurial community at he 5C’s.
My favorite place in Southern California is: Venice Beach.


Leila Bartholet
Beach Camping: Crystal Cove
Leila Bartholet
Beach Camping: Crystal Cove

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant
Hometown:
Takoma Park, MD
Major: Philosophy and Psychology Double Major
I am at Pitzer because: Pitzer encourages me to stay active and aware.
Outside of classes I: like to listen to podcasts and put butter and salt on my bagels.
My favorite place in Southern California is: the Mojave Desert.


Sophie True
Beach Camping: Crystal Cove
Sophie True
Beach Camping: Crystal Cove

Position: New Student Mentor
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Major: Projected Environmental Analysis major undeclared minor.
I am at Pitzer because: I strongly believe in all of the core values presented at this school.
Outside of class I: Play on the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Basketball team and love to hike.
My Favorite place in Southern California is: Mt. Baldy.


Clint Isom
SoCal Theme Parks
Clint Isom
SoCal Theme Parks

Position: New Student Mentor
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Major: Computer Science
I am at Pitzer because:
since I am from Alabama, I wanted to expand my horizons, and have exposure to new and different ideas as well as explore new places.
Outside of classes I:
like to take photographs, play the piano, read, and write computer programs.
My favorite place in Southern California is:
Santa Monica.


Luyi Huang
SoCal Local Outdoors
Luyi Huang
SoCal Local Outdoors

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant
Hometown: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
Major: Environmental Analysis with Sustainability and Built Environment/ Minor in Economics
I am at Pitzer because: I love the friendly atmosphere and smart students and staff.
Outside of classes I: enjoy drawing, going outside on wild adventures and taking lots of pictures.
My favorite place in Southern California is: Mount Baldy when its snowing!


Kainan Miranda
Backpacking: Hilly Thrills
Kainan Miranda
Backpacking: Hilly Thrills

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Claremont, CA

Major: International Political Economy

I am at Pitzer because: it’s home.

Outside of class I: backpack, rock climb, cook, and sleep.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: Icehouse Canyon.


Gina Bompiedi
Backpacking: Hilly Thrills
Gina Bompiedi
Backpacking: Hilly Thrills

Position: Resident Assistant

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Major: Undeclared

I am at Pitzer because:  I am passionate about social and environmental issues.

Outside of class I: cook, dance, doodle and tutor.

My Favorite place in Southern California is: the Grove House


Simone Bishara
SoCal Theme Parks
Simone Bishara
SoCal Theme Parks

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Major: Sociology
I am at Pitzer because the passion of everyone I met while applying and visiting stole my heart!
Outside of class: I write the crossword for The Student Life, visit Disneyland, bake as many traditional family recipes I can get my hands on and advocate for an informed and active
student body.
My favorite place in S. California is anywhere with a view of the mountains.


Sam Neufeld
Surfing: Sea Foam
Sam Neufeld
Surfing: Sea Foam

Position: Orientation Programs Assistant

Hometown: Westport, CT USA

Major: International Relations

I am at Pitzer because: Pitzer reinforces and helps me to pursue my passion of studying international development and global health

Outside of class I: backpack, kayak, and surf

My Favorite place in Southern California is: San Onofre beach