Briana Perlson ’16
Briana grew up in Brea, CA, and is a graduate of Brea Olinda High School. At Pitzer she is majoring in Environmental Policy and loves the emphasis on interdisciplinary learning and community involvement. As a result, she participated in the Pitzer in Ontario program, focusing her internship on corner store conversions to increase access to affordable, local, organic produce in Ontario. Briana studied abroad in Costa Rica Fall 2014. Since she loves to cook, she volunteered in two restaurants for her independent study to learn the culture and process behind traditional Costa Rican food. As a Resident Assistant for the past three years, she has invested much of her time in the Residential Life program. In The Claremont Colleges Against Cancer club, she has raised money and helped organize the annual Relay for Life and Breast Cancer 5k. In a favorite class, “Political Economy of Food”, she interned at a local continuation high school, helping teach topics on food justice. At Pitzer, she has pursued her interest in Sociology and love of working with people; taking a variety of classes that addressed the connections between people, health, and the environment. From these experiences she realized her true calling in social work and hopes to obtain a Masters in Social Work with a focus in health after Pitzer.
Will Thorson ’16
Will was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA but sadly did not start a company out of his garage. At Pitzer, he is majoring in Economics with a minor in Sociology. When not in the classroom, he splits the majority of his time between his family of the Pomona-Pitzer Swim and Dive team and the Pitzer College Student Senate. As a swimmer he earned All-Conference and an NCAA B-Cut while focusing on the 100 Butterfly. For the Pitzer Student Senate, Will served his junior year as the Senate Treasurer managing the budget and working with clubs, as well as sitting on the Trustee Investment Committee. This year he was elected Senior Class Representative. Will has also been an intern for the Pitzer Institute of Entrepreneurship, First Year Mentor for the Office of Student Affairs, and Director of Broadcasting for a 5C Club. When free, he spends time searching Los Angeles for the best döner kebab, going on hikes in the San Bernardino mountains, and learning to code in Java.