Admission Fellows 2016-17

2016-17 Pitzer Admission Fellows

2016-17 Admission Fellow Feby Boediarto

Feby Boediarto ’17

Feby was born and raised in Anaheim, California, and is a graduate of Oxford Academy in Cypress. She is majoring in Environmental Policy at Pitzer and is interested in studying accessibility of renewable energy in communities of color. She co-founded an environmental education organization, A Cleaner Tomorrow, which focuses on implementing environmentally-focused curricula in elementary schools in Ontario, California. She has also been involved with the Balinese Dance Program at Pomona College and received a Pitzer Internship Fund grant to volunteer at a wild panda habitat restoration project in China. Feby studied abroad in Nepal in 2014, and completed a photography project called Chori Shakti (Daughter Power), documenting the relationship between a father and daughter in Kathmandu. The resulting photographs were published in the Nepali Times magazine. She has also spent the past two summers working closely with the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator in the Los Angeles Arts District as a Program Manager for Diversity and Inclusion. Her favorite spot on campus is the Pit Stop Cafe!

2016-17 Admission Fellow Jennifer Lesorogol

Jennifer Lesorogol ’17

Jennifer was born in Wamba, Kenya, and grew up splitting time between her family homes in Kenya and St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis. She is currently working on completing a double major in Environmental Analysis and International/Intercultural Studies. Jennifer studied abroad in Madagascar in 2016, and is planning on writing a senior thesis on the effects conservation and conservancies have on local communities in Kenya and Madagascar. The founder and president of Pangea Dance Crew, she has served on Student Senate and worked as a field group student representative. This past summer, Jennifer was able to pursue an internship with an environmental non-profit in Los Angeles. She is hoping to find a job in the environmental sector after graduation, and is considering applying for a Fulbright Fellowship. In her free time, Jennifer loves to dance, spend time with family and friends, and go on adventures! She is excited to continue discovering all the activities that Pitzer has to offer, and get even more involved in campus life!

2016-17 Admission Fellow Gabriel Madrid

Gabriel Madrid ’17

Gabriel was born in Los Angeles and raised in Ontario, California, where he graduated from Chino High School. He is majoring in Sociology. During his time at Pitzer, Gabriel has served on various committees and worked for several local community-based organizations including the Judicial Council, Camp Afflerbaugh-Paige, Prison Education Project and Residence Life. During his sophomore year, Gabriel served as the president of the Pitzer Legal Society, a student-run organization designed to expand students’ legal knowledge by hosting LSAT preparation sessions, inviting legal experts to speak on campus, and visiting local law schools. Gabriel was also selected by the Board of Trustees to serve on the recent Presidential Search Committee. After graduation, Gabriel plans on applying for a Fulbright Fellowship, preferably in a Spanish speaking country. Gabriel plans on becoming a corporate attorney and member of the Board of Trustees at Pitzer. In his spare time, Gabriel enjoys lifting weights, playing sports, reading law journals, and spending time with his family.

2016-17 Admission Fellow Kristen Park

Kristen Park ’17

Kristen was born and raised in Southern California, and is a graduate of Brea Olinda High School. She discovered Pitzer through the Diversity Program, and has worked as a Diversity Intern with the Admission Office since she was a first-year student. Kristen is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Asian American Studies. During her junior year, Kristen took a semester off to intern with a non-profit that helped North Korean refugees resettle in North America and South Korea. As a Resident Assistant for the past three years, Kristen has invested much of her time in fostering a safe community for first-years students at Pitzer. Kristen is a recipient of the James S. Kemper Fellowship, a national award given to 20 liberal arts students interested in business and professional leadership. Through the fellowship, she has served as an intern in Boston, Chicago and Dallas. She also pursued her academic interest in de-stigmatizing mental health in Asian American communities this past summer as a recipient of the Margo Okazawa-Rey Fellowship. Kristen plans to apply for Fulbright and Watson Fellowships in order to learn more about mental health in Asian/Asian American communities.

2016-17 Admission Fellow Lilliana Peterson

Liliana Peterson ’17

Lily grew up in Santa Rosa, California and graduated from Santa Rosa High School. She is majoring in International/Intercultural Studies, and spent the spring semester of her second year in Parma, Italy, studying Italian language, gastronomy and culture. Lily served on the Student Senate as a Residence Hall Representative, and has worked as a Pitzer Peer Health Educator, developing and facilitating programs on health and wellness for the student community.  She has also worked as a personal research assistant for Dr. Albert Wachtel, assisting with his forthcoming book, Sophocles Our Contemporary. This research speaks deeply to her love of interdisciplinary studies, as she can study the present significance of an ancient playwright whose extant works inform our understanding of the human condition. Lily also enjoys organizing Pitzer’s Bowling Club, a student organization she founded due to her enthusiasm for recreational bowling.

2016-17 Admission Fellow Alex Ruiz

Alex Ruiz ’17

Alex was born in Ventura, California but was raised in Arizona living in Phoenix, Surprise and Tucson. He is currently pursuing an Economics major with a Biology minor. In addition to serving as an Admission Fellow, Alex works as a Peer Health Educator, focusing on sexual assault prevention and mental health. He’s also worked as an Advancement Ambassador and a chef in the student-run Shakedown Cafe, as well as managed the Pitzer Service Desk. Alex also works with first generation students as a First-Gen Mentor, sharing his experiences as a first-generation student in higher education. He has also worked as an Orientation Adventure Leader, Resident Assistant and coordinator for Tutors For A Cause, a program that tutors the children of Pitzer’s facilities and dining hall staff every Saturday. Alex plans to use his college experience to teach math before going into finance and banking.

2016-17 Admission Fellow Jessa Stein

Jessa Stein ’17

Jessa was raised in Denver, Colorado  where she graduated from East High School. She is a double major in Sociology and the self-created major Feminist Public Health. She is also pursuing a minor in Spanish. Jessa has had the opportunity to study abroad three times during her time at Pitzer. In the summer of 2015, Jessa studied abroad in Costa Rica through Pitzer’s Costa Rica Summer Health Program. Jessa also spent the summer of 2016 in Ecuador, and shortly after returning to Pitzer, she created an independent study abroad program for herself, returning to Costa Rica in the summer of 2016 to study midwifery and women’s rights in Costa Rica. Jessa has also worked as a tour guide and been a part of the Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault group. She also volunteered at a women’s prison for two semesters. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and napping.

2016-17 Admission Fellow Shinara Sunderlal

Shinara Sunderlal ’17

Shinara was born in Alexandria, Virginia  and raised in New Delhi, India. She participated in the International Baccalaureate program at the Taunton School in England during her junior year. After falling in love with interdisciplinary learning, she decided to pursue an Environmental Policy major at Pitzer with a minor in Biology. On campus, Shinara serves as the co-chair of Pitzer Activities Programming Board and the Sustainability Committee. A founding member of A Cleaner Tomorrow (an environmental education club that teaches classes in underserved schools), Shinara is also implementing new educational objectives at Pizer through the Institute for Global/Local Action & Study. Shinara travelled to Costa Rica in 2015, learning Spanish and conducting captive animal behavior research at the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary. She has also interned with the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace. She has conducted soil genesis research through the Keck Science Department, and also sings in the Claremont Colleges Concert Choir. Shinara is planning on applying for a Fulbright Fellowship in a Spanish-speaking country, and plans on obtaining her master’s degree in Environmental Curriculum Design and working in Washington, D.C.

2016-17 Admission Fellow Loring Thomas

Loring Thomas ’17

Loring Thomas was born in Santa Barbara, California and grew up in Manoa, Hawaii, Athens, Georgia and Claremont, California. He graduated from Claremont High School with an IB diploma and at Pitzer is a double major in Computer Science and Sociology. During his junior year at Pitzer, he studied abroad in Budapest at the Aquincum Institute of Technology. Loring has been involved in a tutoring program for Introduction to Computer Science, and enjoys conducting campus tours through the Admission Office. In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, and writing as well as spending time in the California sunshine. After graduation, Loring intends to apply to graduate school.

2016-17 Admission Fellow Allie Williams

Allie Williams ’17

Allie was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, and graduated from Harpeth Hall School, a women’s college preparatory school. She is majoring in Science and Management with an emphasis on Biotechnology. On campus, she has been involved with Student Senate as a Curriculum Committee representative, as well as Pitzer Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, Pitzer Residence Life, and the Gold Student Center. In her free time, Allie enjoys baking, reading, hiking around Mount Baldy and taking spin and Pilates classes in the Claremont Village. She plans to pursue a career that integrates her passion for and background in healthcare, economics, and management.

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