New Student Mentors

Fall 2015 New Student Mentors

All New Students will receive a postcard from their mentor in late-July/early-August welcoming them to campus and introducing themselves.  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 and Transfers students also have mentors who live on-campus (in Mead/WE Hall) and will work hard to help orient students to campus.

LEAD MENTOR

Name: Cody Baird
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major(s) & Minor: English/Lit.
I am at Pitzer because… TBD
Outside of class… I read and wander
My favorite place in Southern California is…TBD

LEAD MENTOR

Name: Savannah (Savi) Ellis
Hometown: Claremont, CA
Major(s) & Minor:
Environmental Policy major, Economics minor
I am at Pitzer because…
I want to have a liberal arts education in a diverse setting. The social responsibility and environmental sustainability core values also provide a solid foundation for my ideal career path.
Outside of class I…am a member of Latino Student Union; am a new student mentor; work in career services, benson auditorium, the computer lab, and grade papers for my economic professor.
My favorite place in Southern California is… Disneyland!

LEAD MENTOR

Name: Andrew Lydens
Hometown:
Singapore, Singapore
Major(s) & Minor:
PPE and Mathematics
I am at Pitzer because…
community, the people, and the interdisciplinary learning.
Outside of class I…run XC/ Track & Field, sing in Men’s Blue & White, and compete in Mock Trial
My favorite place in Southern California is… on one of Mt.Baldy’s great running trails

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
My favorite place in Southern California is… Long Beach, CA

 

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.
My favorite place in Southern California is…  The Santa Monica Pier — I love the life and energy it exudes and all its activity. I also love it because it is right on the water, and I love just watching the waves roll onto the shore. I also really enjoy Downtown Disney. I like going out to dinner there and experiencing the happiness that this particular environment seems to bring to all the families around me.

 

Name: Kyle Dalrymple
Hometown:
Beaverton, Oregon
Major(s) & Minor:
Mathematical Economics
I am at Pitzer because…
People here want to do good in the world through various means
Outside of class I… am on the Pomona-Pitzer Swim & Dive team, Student Senate, Hall Council, Art of Coffee Club
My favorite place in Southern California is… any beach

 

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.
My favorite place in Southern California is… Mt. Baldy

 

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.
My favorite place in Southern California is… Newport Beach

 

Name: Sasha Forbath
Hometown:
Cambridge, MA
Major(s) & Minor:
Psychology, Anthropology
I am at Pitzer because…
I love the vibrant and diverse community
Outside of class I… enjoy hiking, swimming, biking, theatre, dancing to loud music and laughing with friends
My favorite place in Southern California is… Joshua Tree

 

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.
My favorite place in Southern California is… Olvera Street in Los Angeles

 

Name: Kathryn Harhai
Hometown:
Denver, CO
Major(s) & Minor:
Environmental Analysis Science Track
I am at Pitzer because…
the values and beliefs of the Pitzer community align perfectly with what I value and believe in. I truly couldn’t have chosen a more perfect school!
Outside of class I… am an active member of the club A Cleaner Tomorrow, watch (and make) documentary films, and enjoy spending time outdoors in the beautiful Southern California sunshine!
My favorite place in Southern California is… Joshua Tree

 

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.
My favorite place in Southern California is… Catalina Island

 

Name: Alexander Landau
Hometown:
Los Angeles, CA
Major(s) & Minor:
undecided
I am at Pitzer because…
I want a great liberal arts education within a diverse community of happy people, to become a better world citizen, and discover my passions.
Outside of class I… swim on the Pomona-Pitzer Swimming & Diving Team, serve as a hall representative on PAS hall council, and lifeguard at Haldeman Pool. I plan on becoming involved in more clubs once swimming season is over.
My favorite place in Southern California is… the Santa Monica Mountains

 

Name: Alegria Martinez
Hometown:
Pomona, CA
Major(s) & Minor:
undeclared. Potentially Media Studies Major with Psychology Minor
I am at Pitzer because…
it was my dream school for the special opportunities it has for its students and that I am excited to take advantage of
Outside of class I…work in the Pitzer mailroom where I enjoy interacting with students and staff. I also work at Some Crust bakery where I also engage with the community through our delicious pastries. I love playing tennis, swimming, and doing zumba. I am secretary of the Latino Student Union and part of the PR committee of this years Rockabilly Festival. I’ve been told I’m very creative and spontaneous. I am always listening to music, writing poetry, or putting together outfits to wear because I love to express myself.
My favorite place in Southern California is… the Griffith Park Observatory

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MENTOR

Name: Qianti Min
Hometown:
Beijing, China
Major(s) & Minor:
Undecided
I am at Pitzer because…
I really love pitzer!
Outside of class I… love to do some drawing, hanging out with friends…
My favorite place in Southern California is… Claremont, Catalina Island

 

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

 

Name: Josue Pasillas
Hometown:
Waukegan, Illinois
Major(s) & Minor:
Major: Urban Studies and Public Affairs, Minor: Spanish
I am at Pitzer because…
there are amazing people that are going to change the world here!
Outside of class I… serve on the Pitzer College Student Senate, am a member of the Latino Student Union, and work at the Office of Advancement.
My favorite place in Southern California is… the beach, any beach!

 

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)

 

Name: Alison “Ali” Queen
Hometown:
McLean, VA
Major(s) & Minor:
Neuroscience and Psychology double major with a Biology minor
I am at Pitzer because…
it’s my home. Pitzer is an environment where I honestly believe I will have the best four years of my life.
Outside of class I…swim, study, dance, listen to music, hike
My favorite place in Southern California is… Haldeman pool

 

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.
My favorite place in Southern California is… the Anza Borrego desert, specifically Rock House Canyon. This is one of the few places I’ve visited in the states that becomes absolutely silent at night save for the sound of a breeze through the creosote brush. To not hear anything at night is such a foreign experience for me and as a result, this location has become a very special place. It is also quite distanced from sources of light pollution, which makes it an incredible location for me to practice astrophotography. Photographing constellations and galaxies has been a passion of mine since I learned about photography and the rarity of dark night skies makes this too a special occasion for me.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MENTOR

Name: Sumesh Shiwakoty
Hometown:
Gulariya, Bardiya, Nepal
Major(s) & Minor:
Undeclared
I am at Pitzer because…
I found so many similarities between Pitzer core values and my life values.
Outside of class I… Love to read books, write articles for National Daily newspapers of Nepal, help people, hear the stories of people, try to entertain my Facebook friends by some goofy post and try to create smiles on everyones’ face.
My favorite place in Southern California is… Santa Monica Beach and Pitzer College.

 

Name: Talia Trilling
Hometown:
Washington, D.C.
Major(s) & Minor:
Psychology major, Media Studies minor
I am at Pitzer because…
I love the people and the academic freedom
Outside of class I… am either studying, catching up on my TV, or spending time with friends.
My favorite place in Southern California is… Disneyland

 

TRANSFER STUDENT MENTOR

Name: McKenna VanderKley
Hometown:
Eugene, OR
Major(s) & Minor:
Management Engineering Major, French Minor
I am at Pitzer because…
I wanted to make a difference in the community.
Outside of class I… play basketball for Pomona-Pitzer.
My favorite place in Southern California is… Bridge To Nowhere