A member of the Pitzer community since 2008, Dr. Bonaparte is an associate professor in the Sociology field group. In a candid interview, Dr. Bonaparte discusses social activism, teaching pedagogy and the trials and travails of the midwife in American culture.
When it comes to interviews, everyone has an opinion. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”
Bill Gates added, “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job, because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”
And let’s not forget comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who famously opined, “Dating is pressure and tension. What is a date, really, but a job interview that lasts all night?”
The college application process is about many things. It’s about finding the right courses, the right fit, and (increasingly) the right price.
But according to Angel B. Perez, vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at Pitzer College, it’s also about families.
“I always tell families that if they do the college search correctly, they could actually become closer,” says Angel in a recent interview “You’re spending a year of your life trying to think about the person you want to become, and which institution can help you reach that goal.”
Pitzer College’s mission statement proudly proclaims that the College is committed to producing socially responsible citizens of the world through an academic curriculum emphasizing environmental sensitivity, social justice and intercultural understanding.
Given its mission, it is perhaps unsurprising that Pitzer students tend to study abroad. What is surprising is the sheer number of students who participate in overseas programs. Between 65% and 75% of Pitzer’s students study abroad during their collegiate careers, as opposed to the national average of 1%!
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Andrew is a graduate of the Preuss School UCSD. A psychology major who’s pursuing a minor in Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies, Andrew has taught pre-school children through the Jumpstart program and backpacked and kayaked with first-year students around Catalina Island! In a candid interview, Andrew talks about his college search, the Pitzer experience, and studying abroad in Parma, Italy!