Ask A Pitzer Student

Here at Pitzer, we understand that internet research can only get you so far. If you want to learn more about our campus, there’s truly no one better to ask than a current Pitzer student! Send us your questions about anything – from dining halls to diversity on campus to Pitzer’s most popular classes – and we’ll send you back our honest answers. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!


 

Meet Lizzy Freedman, Class of 2018.

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Major/Minor: Art and Media Studies

Extracurricular Activities: Photo Lab Assistant, ArtCo co-head, Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, Woodshop Proctor

Favorite Pitzer Class: Art Since 1989

Favorite Pitzer Professor: Professor Laura Harris. Kooky, colorful, and absolutely brilliant at articulating the intersections of Literature and Post-Colonial Processing!

Fun Fact: I taught myself to knit off of YouTube.

Favorite Food: Chicken nuggets

Favorite Singer/Song: “Cars That Go Boom” by L’Trimm

Favorite Movie/TV Show: The Beginners


Why did you choose to attend Pitzer?

I came from a very different environment than Pitzer (the heart of Washington DC) and was totally fascinated by the unique experience I would have. I wanted to be challenged and grow and learn more about myself.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

I love spending time at the old study desks from my first-year residence hall. They have beautiful views of Mt. Baldy and remind me of all of the excitement of beginning my journey here at Pitzer.

What’s your favorite thing to do for fun on campus?

I love going to Art After Hours for live music, good food, and art!

What is your favorite Pitzer memory thus far?

I will never forget the first time I saw my friends feel emboldened enough to perform at Groove at the Grove for their first time.

What is one thing you would change about Pitzer?

Dining Hall hours! Our dining hall is too popular to cram so many people in for so short a time frame!

What’s something that all prospective students should know about Pitzer?

1 – It’s not that close to LA!
2 – There are a lot of awesome clubs to join, like Art Collective.
3 – Pitzer classes and professors are the best.

How can first-year students enjoy a smooth transition to Pitzer?

Be prepared and okay with challenging yourself and trying the so-called “unknown. Major parts of the Pitzer experience are playfulness, willingness to take risks, and trying things you never thought you would enjoy!

More questions for Lizzy? Email her here!

Meet Patrick King, Class of 2017.

Hometown: Beaverton, OR

Major/Minor: Media Studies and Political Studies

Extracurricular Activities: Resident Assistant, A Cleaner Tomorrow

Favorite Pitzer Class: Art and Politics of the African Diaspora

Favorite Pitzer Professor: Professor Elizabeth Affuso – She is great! Just a kind human being!

Fun Fact: I’m double-jointed in my shoulders.

Favorite Food: Pad See Ew

Favorite Singer/Song: “F.U.B.U.” by Solange

Favorite Movie/TV Show: Veronica Mars


Why did you choose to attend Pitzer?

I visited campus on the recommendation of a friend. From my first time on campus talking to students and admission staff, I knew Pitzer was the school for me.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

I love my room! It’s a great space to relax and rest after a long day of classes. I live in a suite, so it’s also great to spend time in our common room.

What’s your favorite thing to do for fun on campus?

I love spending time with my friends around campus. There’s so many fun events to go to like Groove at the Grove, Shakedown Sounds, Snackie Shack, and so much more!

What is your favorite Pitzer memory thus far?

My favorite memory was during my First Year Seminar. I got to meet one of my favorite artists: Carrie Mae Weems. To hear her speak and share her work with us was so inspiring and something I will never forget.

What is one thing you would change about Pitzer?

Coming from the Pacific Northwest, I wish there was a little more rain.

What’s something that all prospective students should know about Pitzer?

Pitzer is a space for growth. This might be challenging at times, but as long as you connect with the right people, you’ll be okay.

How can first-year students enjoy a smooth transition to Pitzer?

Don’t worry if it takes time to settle in and find your people and community. Let yourself explore and get outside your comfort zone.

More questions for Patrick? Email him here!

Meet Phil Brayley, Class of 2019.

Hometown: Lewiston, NY

Major/Minor: Sociology/Media Studies

Extracurricular Activities: Community Engagement Center, Indigenous Alliance, Huerta del Valle, Indigenous Peer Mentoring Program

Favorite Pitzer Class: Indigenous Movements

Favorite Pitzer Professor: Professor Tessa Hicks-Peterson. Tessa does amazing, community-based organizing and educates students on how to do work in collaboration with communities. She’s fun to talk to and open to help students understand the work they do and themselves in the context of their engagement. Every class I’ve taken with her has been really influential in the things I do now.

Fun Fact: I learned how to do beadwork from my mom. It’s an important piece of my culture that I hold onto greatly.

Favorite Food: Tacos

Favorite Singer/Song: “Summer Friends” by Chance the Rapper

Favorite Movie/TV Show: 8 Mile


Why did you choose to attend Pitzer?

I chose Pitzer because I wanted to major in Media Studies. I thought that the distance from LA would be a good way to become a member of the film industry and get a lot of experience in media production.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

The second floor of the Grove House is a really great place to work or catch up on sleep or just hang out with friends. There are a few rooms to hang in with couches and blankets for cooler days.

What’s your favorite thing to do for fun on campus?

My favorite thing to do is ride my bike around campus. It’s relaxing after sitting in class or in a study room doing homework.

What is your favorite Pitzer memory thus far?

One of my favorite on-campus memories is making pizza in a student-made pizza oven on the Mounds. My friend made dough and toppings and brought them to campus and we had a pizza-making party!

What is one thing you would change about Pitzer?

It seems like sometimes there is a disconnect between the staff and the administration. I’d change that and increase communication between the two bodies.

What’s something that all prospective students should know about Pitzer?

Students should know that Pitzer is an amazing place. It’s very different from other schools. I think the Core Values really define this place. It’s not just an institution – people care about the things they do and the work being done.

How can first-year students enjoy a smooth transition to Pitzer?

First-years should just leave their comfort zone. Take classes and join clubs that you wouldn’t normally do or feel completely comfortable in. I took a class that seemed way more advanced than I felt comfortable with my first semester and it’s impacted my whole college career. I made friends that I’ve only grown closer to since then because I challenged myself to do things differently.

More questions for Phil? Email him here!

Meet Kepa Barrett, Class of 2017.

Hometown: Mililani, HI

Major/Minor: Environmental Analysis/Economics

Extracurricular Activities: Robert Redford Conservancy Fellow, Indigenous Peer Mentoring Program, Hui Laule’a Hawai’i Club, Saturday Tongan Education Program, Asian American Resource Center – Indigenous Pacific Islander Committee

Favorite Pitzer Class: Environmental Justice

Favorite Pitzer Professor: Professor Brinda Sarathy – She taught my Environmental Justice class and her incredible way of engaging her students in lively, critical discussions catalyzed a fundamental shift in my academic approach to current environmental issues.

Fun Fact: Hawaiian is my first language!

Favorite Food: Freshly pounded poi (taro)

Favorite Singer/Song: “Perm” by Bruno Mars

Favorite Movie/TV Show: Moana/New Girl


Why did you choose to attend Pitzer?

After attending the Pitzer College Diversity Program during Preview Pitzer weekend my senior year, I knew Pitzer was my top choice. The interdisciplinary approach genuinely intrigued me and I loved that Environmental Sustainability is one of Pitzer’s Core Values. I also chose Pitzer because of the fantastic study abroad opportunities!

What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is the McConnell Dining Hall. Not only is it my favorite dining hall at the 5Cs, it is also the gathering place for Pitzer students to socialize, reconnect, and share good food. I also love the staff and cooks!

What’s your favorite thing to do for fun on campus?

I love working out at the Gold Student Health and Wellness Center, and if it’s sunny outside, a jump in the pool is the perfect cool down.

What is your favorite Pitzer memory thus far?

My favorite memory at Pitzer was the 50th Anniversary Celebration. For Pitzer’s 50th birthday, students, alumni, staff, and the community gathered on the beautifully decorated Mounds in celebration of our college. It was powerful to be a part of that celebration, especially the Earth, Wind & Fire performance!

What is one thing you would change about Pitzer?

I would advocate for the creation of a Native Studies program. This field group would center indigenous epistemology in academic and cultural research. I would hire native and native Pacific Islander faculty.

What’s something that all prospective students should know about Pitzer?

Pitzer will expand your academic, cultural, and personal horizons further than you can ever imagine. Allow yourself to be open to this expansion. You will be grateful you did!

How can first-year students enjoy a smooth transition to Pitzer?

Be open to change. Listen carefully before you speak. Understand that you may be wrong. Accept that you are enough.

More questions for Kepa? Email him here!

2016-17 Admission Fellow Loring Thomas

Meet Loring Thomas, Class of 2017.

Hometown: Claremont, CA

Major/Minor: Computer Science/Sociology

Hobbies: Reading, Cooking

Favorite Pitzer Class: Sociology of Education

Favorite Pitzer Professor: Professor Roberta Espinoza – She focuses on creating classroom environments where students drive discussions and enables us to critically-examine issues.

Fun Fact: I have lived in 4 states – California, Hawai’i, Georgia, and Arizona.

Favorite Food: Seafood paella

Favorite Singer/Song: R.E.M.

Favorite Movie/TV Show: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog


Why did you choose to attend Pitzer?

I chose to attend Pitzer because of the focus on social responsibility and the Core Values. In addition, the 5Cs and the sharing of resources is helpful and allowed me to customize my academic experience.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

I really enjoy the outdoor classroom because it maintains a good temperature and allows for productivity while being outside. It is a comfortable location to read or work with friends year-round.

What’s your favorite thing to do for fun on campus?

My favorite thing to do for fun on campus is to spend time with friends, often at the dining hall. It’s nice to have a space open for students to use and relax in.

What is your favorite Pitzer memory thus far?

One of my favorite Pitzer memories is from my Orientation Adventure. We all went surfing and had a great time. Many of us are still friends today.

What is one thing you would change about Pitzer?

It would be helpful for more STEM resources to be housed on Pitzer’s campus.

What’s something that all prospective students should know about Pitzer?

You don’t need to declare a major until your junior year! This gives plenty of time to take classes you are interested in and explore accordingly. Don’t be afraid to try out new fields!

How can first-year students enjoy a smooth transition to Pitzer?

Engage on campus! Students have lots of opportunities and can join clubs and be appointed to Student Senate in their first semester.

More questions for Loring? Email him here!

Meet Natalie Honan, Class of 2017.

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Major/Minor: Human Biology, Pre-Med

Extracurricular Activities: 5C Women’s Club Soccer, Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, Mixed Identity Exchange, Pitzer Orientation Adventure Leader, Pitzer Outdoor Adventure

Favorite Pitzer Classes: Munroe Center for Social Inquiry Seminar, Crossing Borders and Rites of Passage

Favorite Pitzer Professor: Professor Paula Gutierrez who teaches Spanish at Pitzer is incredible. My high school Spanish program was pretty standard and I came in not knowing whether or not to continue, but Paula’s class was so fun and I could feel myself improving.

Fun Fact: My pogo stick record is 297 consecutive jumps.

Favorite Food: Potatoes or chocolate chip cookies!

Favorite Singer/Song: ABBA

Favorite Movie/TV Show: The Goonies/Parks and Recreation


Why did you choose to attend Pitzer?

The Core Values really aligned with my own and I could see the way they were reflected in the student body and around campus. For example, tour guides don’t just talk about student engagement, you can see it in action in student-run organizations like the Grove House, the clubs, and the garden.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

I love the second floor of the Grove House. It’s cozy and has a great atmosphere. It’s a great place to run into friends or to work quietly.

What’s your favorite thing to do for fun on campus?

I love playing soccer for the club team! The women are awesome and it’s great to meet people from the other colleges.

What is your favorite Pitzer memory thus far?

I have really great memories from my first year Orientation Adventure and from leading OA trips throughout my time at Pitzer. It’s such a warm welcome to the Pitzer community and I feel lucky to have been a part of the first impressions of other first years.

What is one thing you would change about Pitzer?

I wish the dining hall had more flexible hours/was open later!

What’s something that all prospective students should know about Pitzer?

There’s so much to do – it’s really important to learn time management skills early on. Also, being a college student can be a lot of work. It’s all about balance and prioritizing self-care, however that looks for you.

How can first-year students enjoy a smooth transition to Pitzer?

Join clubs! Put yourself out there! Go to new events, even if you’re not sure what they are. But also see above — be sure to care for yourself.

More questions for Natalie? Email her here!

Page last updated on February 23, 2017