New Student Mentors

Fall 2016 New Student Mentors

All New Students have attached a letter to their mentees in their bio welcoming them to campus and introducing themselves.  International and First-Year Mentees have two mentors.  Mentors live near their group of mentees in the first-year residence hall and they work in a mentor pair in order to provide help and guidance for their group of 25-30 New Students.

International, Transfer, and New Resources students also have mentors (in Mead/WE Hall/off-campus) that work hard to help orient students to campus.

LEAD MENTOR

Andrew Lydens and Corinna Lee are mentors for Pitzer Hall, rooms D310-D416

Name: Andrew Lydens
Hometown:
Singapore, Singapore
Major(s) & Minor:
Philosophy, Politics, & Economics
I am at Pitzer because…
community, the people, and the interdisciplinary learning.
Outside of class I… am probably doing something outdoors (e.g. running, sailing, hiking, biking). I also love to cook and I am always up for a culinary challenge.

Letter to mentees

LEAD MENTOR

Basha Brulee-Wills and Olivia Aviera are mentors for Pitzer Hall, rooms D202-D309

Name: Basha Brulee-Wills
Hometown:
Long Beach, CA
Major(s) & Minor:
Biology/Africana Studies
I am at Pitzer because…
I love all the resources that this campus has to offer as well as the amazing faculty and diverse student body.
Outside of class I…play basketball, hang out with friends, read, dance, go to the beach, an active member of Black Student Union

 

Simon Westley and Norris Kayitare are mentors for East Sanborn Hall, rooms C308-C327

Name: Simon Westley
Hometown:
Burlingame, CA
Major(s) & Minor:
Undecided/Philosophy
I am at Pitzer because… 
the community here is very supportive, interesting, and welcoming. I am here because I can study what I want to study despite my lack of certainty about my major. I am here because everyone is passionate and has an interesting take on life/the world. I am here because I am confident that I will learn a lot whether staying on campus or going abroad. I am here because it is gorgeous and the quality of life is very high (and the food very good). And I am here because of the amazing and resource-filled consortium.  
Outside of class I… birdwatch, listen to and make music, watch (and sometimes play) sports, dance my heart out more often than I should, read, talk a little too much to friends, and goof around.

Letter to mentees

Mollie Chen and Gabe Elliot are mentors for North Sanborn, rooms B204-B217

Name: Mollie Chen
Hometown:
Princeton, NJ
Major(s) & Minor:
Undecided
I am at Pitzer because…
I wanted to make a positive difference in the world and Pitzer was a place that I felt I could succeed in doing so. It was also very important to me to have small classes, where the professors truly knew me, yet also be a part of a large and diverse social environment and a welcoming community.
Outside of class I… run track, play violin and drums, and love doing various types of art.

Letter to mentees

Corinna Lee and Andrew Lydens are mentors for Pitzer Hall, rooms D310-D416

Name: Corinna Lee
Hometown:
Los Altos, California  
Major(s) & Minor:
Biology
I am at Pitzer because…
I wanted a great liberal arts education in Southern California where I can pursue my passions and discover myself. I love everything Pitzer provides, be it academically or socially. Pitzer is my home and I look forward to spending the rest of my college experience here!
Outside of class I… run track for pomona pitzer, study, chill at the pool, and hangout with friends!

Letter to mentees

Kia Vue and Lora McManus are mentors for Atherton Hall, rooms A201-A306

Name: Kia Vue
Hometown: 
Milwaukee, WI
Major(s) : 
English Literature & Organizational Studies & Minor:
I am at Pitzer because…
I am at Pitzer because it is so beautiful both in a picturesque way and within. It has such a great sense of community that can be so inclusive. Everyone is welcomed and so accepting of others’ differences. This creates a safe environment for everyone to express themselves and to learn more things, not just academically, but amongst their peers as well. Going to college is not just about what you learn in classes but experiencing what you’re learning with those around you and Pitzer does a great job of that.  
Outside of class I… Outside of class I like to read fictional Greek mythology romantic books, watch Netflix and go hiking.

 

Gabe Elliot and Mollie Chen are mentors for North Sanborn, rooms B204-B217

Name: Gabe Elliott
Hometown:
Danville, CA
Major(s) & Minor:
Environmental Analysis
I am at Pitzer because…
I love the community here.
Outside of class I… enjoy competing for the PP cross country and track teams.

Letter to mentees

Reed Stevens and Maddie McCann are mentors for North Sanborn Hall, rooms B103-B116

Name: Reed Stevens
Hometown:
Santa Cruz, CA
Major(s) & Minor:
Undeclared
I am at Pitzer because…
I love how friendly and open the community is here  
Outside of class I… Relax outside and play board games.

Hernan Gallo-Cornejo and Keon Rabbani are mentors for East Sanborn Hall, rooms C107-C124

Name: Hernan Gallo-Cornejo
Hometown:
Oakland, CA
Major(s) & Minor:
Environmental Analysis and French
I am at Pitzer because…
I enjoy being in small communities and I am passionate about social justice issues and the environment.
Outside of class I… crochet and listen to music.

Letter to mentees

Jo Huang and Lily Zhang are mentors for International First-Year Students and Exchange Students

Name: Jo Huang
Hometown:
Shenzhen, China
Major(s) & Minor:
Linguistics
I am at Pitzer because…
love the ocean and the sunshine! 🙂  
Outside of class I… Cook, sing, and watch people.

Letter to mentees

Maddie McCann and Reed Stevens are mentors for North Sanborn Hall, rooms B103-B116

Name: Maddie McCann
Hometown:
Seattle, WA
Major:
Media Studies & Minor: Sociology
I am at Pitzer because…
I want to meet and learn from leaders actively challenging structures of privilege so that I can better empower my communities.  
Outside of class I… run cross country and track, surf, dance, ski, cook, sing, read magazines, and write.

Norris Kayitare and Simon Westley are mentors for East Sanborn Hall, rooms C308-C327

Name: Norris Kayitare
Hometown:
Kigali, Rwanda
Major(s) & Minor:
Computer Science and Economics
I am at Pitzer because…
I want to get a good education and the right knowledge and expertise so that I can go back and help my home country develop.
Outside of class I… I hang out with friends, visit the library, play some sports( soccer, volleyball) and do some club activities such as Pitzer Christian faith and computer science studies.

Letter to mentees

Lily Zhang and Jo Huang are mentors for International First-Year Students and Exchange Students

Name: Lily Zhang
Hometown: 
Shanghai, China
Major(s) & Minor: 
Psychology
I am at Pitzer because… 
I love the school with deep cnnection with the local community. Claremont is a nice place to stay because it is always so pretty and small enough if you want to take a walk.  
Outside of class I… love making friends, loving reading and watching movies, and sometimes I do hike.

Letter to mentees

Olivia Aviera and Basha Brulee-Wills are mentors for Pitzer Hall, rooms D202-D309

Name: Olivia Aviera
Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA
Major(s) :
Psychology and Philosophy & Minor: Spanish Minor
I am at Pitzer because… 
I am at Pitzer because I strongly agree with Pitzers’ core values and I love the friendly environment. Pitzer’s openminded and accepting atmosphere provides me with the comfort to fully express myself and to continue exploring who I am.  
Outside of class I… Sing, write songs, play piano and drums, rock climb, exercise, listen to music, take and edit photos, hang out with friends.  

Letter to mentees

Celine Hylton-Dei and Brian Fong are mentors for Atherton Hall, rooms A307-A414

Name: Celine Hylton-Dei
Hometown:
Boston, MA; Geneva, Switzerland; and Ghana.  
Major(s) & Minor: 
Undecided
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.

Rebecca Nathan and Ben Rigby are mentors for East Sanborn Hall, rooms C206-C223

Name: Rebecca Nathan
Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA
Major(s) & Minor:
Studio Art, Psych, Gender Studies triple major
I am at Pitzer because…
my personal values regarding social justice and change coincide with Pitzer’s perfectly. Pitzer is where my home and heart are.
Outside of class I…study, work in the baby lab, participate in APAC, read, and play piano
My favorite place in Southern California is… my home in LA

 Letter to mentees

Cindy Onyekwelu is the mentor for New Transfer Students

Name: Cindy Onyekwelu
Hometown:
Houston, Texas  
Major:
Economics and Minor: Computer Science  
I am at Pitzer because… 
I enjoy the freedom to learn and explore different majors of higher education within Pitzer’s core values! The flexibility and diversity of teaching/learning styles is what attached me here! In addition, to how much student engagement is taken place everyday on Pitzer’s campus! The collaboration amongst students brings a purpose to every activity being presented through student voice. The housing here is just unbeatable as well, makes me feel like home! 🙂  
Outside of class I… enjoy exploring around California, meeting new people, eating at different places within the village, checking out national conferences, attending hack-a-thons, hosting workshops demoing Adobe products as a student representative and dancing modern dances/ African performances in my free time. I also assist other 5C organizations as well currently as one of (OBSA) Office of Black Student Association’s head mentor, 5C (W-ACM) Association of Computing Machinery Women’s Chapter Member, (PACT) Pitzer Activities Committee Member and apart of the Pitzer Students’ Senate as an active participating senator.

Letter to mentees

John Perry and Ittai Sopher are mentors for North Sanborn Hall, rooms B301-B316

Name: John Perry
Hometown:
Raleigh, NC
Major(s) & Minor:
Undeclared
I am at Pitzer because…
I wanted to be a part of a student body that is diverse, friendly, and thought-provoking, all the while being in a limitless setting in Claremont, California.
Outside of class I…bake at the Grove House, go on POAs, play intramural soccer and inner tube water polo, participate in spikeball club, go fishing, and ride my bike
My favorite place in Southern California is… Last Drop Cafe-Claremont Village (Delicious Sandwiches)

 Letter to mentees

Lora McManus and Kia Vue are mentors for Atherton Hall, rooms A201-A306

Name: Lora McManus
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Major(s) & Minor: Sociology major
I am at Pitzer because… I was instantly drawn to the commitment to social justice and diversity. I love the food, campus climate, and proximate to the greater LA area.
Outside of class I… Outside of class I am on student senate, sing in choir, and tutor elementary students off campus.

Letter to mentees

Keon Rabbani and  Hernan Gallo-Cornejo are mentors for East Sanborn Hall, rooms C107-C124

Name: Keon Rabbani
Hometown: Newport Coast, CA
Major(s) & Minor: Sociology major
I am at Pitzer because… I love how everyone is so invested in making the world better, more beautiful, and more equitable.
Outside of class I… watch the sunrise, camp, figure skate, and play board games.

Letter to mentees

Ben Rigby and Rebecca Nathan are mentors for East Sanborn Hall, rooms C206-C223

Name: Benjamin Rigby
Hometown:
Santa Ana, CA
Major(s) & Minor:
Environmental Analysis
I am at Pitzer because…
I am looking to further pursue my interest in the Environmental Analysis arena at a progressive institution in an environment where I feel comfortable with the people around me. Pitzer offers the joy of education with exceptional professors, yet it also provides opportunities in the realms of sports, extracurricular clubs and activities, and meeting awesome new people everyday.
Outside of class I…love working out with the team in both Cross Country and Track. Since third grade, my commitment to running has helped me understand the importance of working together, perseverance and patience. These qualities have enabled me to undertake challenges and assume responsibilities with more comfort and confidence, yet I continually learn new lessons through participation in this sport. I also love multi-day backpacking trips whenever the opportunity arises, reading books about space, and playing bluegrass tunes on the banjo with the 5C Folk Club.

Letter to mentees

Brian Fong and Celine Hylton-Dei are mentors for Atherton Hall, rooms A307-A414

Name: Brian Fong
Hometown:
Diamond Bar, CA
Major(s) & Minor:
Economics-Accounting
I am at Pitzer because…
of the amazing community and the opportunity to challenge myself.
Outside of class I… love to golf and socialize with people.

Ittai Sopher and John Perry are mentors for North Sanborn Hall, rooms B301-B316

Name: Ittai Sopher
Hometown: Englewood, NJ
Major(s) & Minor:
Undeclared  
I am at Pitzer because…
it has the necessary resources for anybody to discover their passions  
Outside of class I… like to meet new people, and ask random questions.  

Letter to mentees