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Your Orientation Team

Meet your Orientation Team (O-Team)! We are here to welcome you to Westmont College and answer any questions you may have as you make the transition to college life. Each new student will be part of a small group at Orientation led by an O-Team member.

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Your O-Team 2017

angela

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela D'Amour

Austin Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Austin Lee

Tommy Nightingale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaylee Yoon

Isabelle Gallardo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabelle Gallardo

madison

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Madison McQueen

Kaylee Deal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaylee Deal

Juliette Gregory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juliette Gregory

Jazmine Anderson Islas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jazmine Anderson Islas

Jessica Galvan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Galvan

Josh Bencker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Bencker

Olivia Stowell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia Stowell

Megan Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Davis

Lauren Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Miller

Emily Stoppler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Stoppler

Allie Klein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allie Klein

Kyle Hansen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mykaela Delgado

Ray Nakamoto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ray Nakamoto

Ally Kim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ally Kim

Matthew Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Miller

 

Jacob Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Wilson

dylan fodor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabel Mata

Jacob Cohen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacob Cohen

Cameryn Idema

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cameryn Idema

William Ellzey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William Ellzey

Kevin Gao

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin Gao

Alisa Mathes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alisa Mathes

Sabrina Dawson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabrina Dawson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Martha Bartchy

Andrew Sawyer

Angela D'Amour

angela damourGreetings New Students! My name is Angela D'Amour and I serve as the Director of Campus Life where I oversee the Orientation program, among other responsibilities. I originally hail from Beverly, MA. I spend my time outside of work coaching soccer, riding bikes with my kids, reading and hiking. A highlight of my year is the day that you arrive on campus in August. You bring with you passion, potential and amazing possibilities. You are in for a fabulous adventure at Westmont and the O-Team and I can't wait to set you up for success.

 

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Austin Lee

austinMajor: History

 

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

 

What is one resource students should know about?

The Counseling Center

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The Tennis Courts

 

Favorite Class and why?

My favorite class has been European Intellectual History with Dr. Chapman. It has definitely been the hardest class I have taken, but I walked out of the class feeling accomplished that I had really learned something. Also, Dr. Chapman taught it, and when he speaks you just have this feeling that no matter what happens, you will succeed.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring a fan!!!! It gets ridiculously hot here regardless of what people say. Also you will need way less clothes than you think.

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Kaylee Yoon

tommyMajor: Economics & Business

 

Hometown: Anaheim, CA


What is one resource students should know about?

Job Spot through the Career Development & Calling office. There are so many job opportunities on there that people don't take advantage of.

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The Westmont Garden

 

Favorite class and why?

I loved the Creativity and Innovation First-Year Seminar with Rachel Winslow. It was very hands-on and really helped me to embrace my creative potential!

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring a good fan, an extension cord, instant noodles to eat at midnight, Vitamin C tablets to keep your immune system up, stamps and stationery to write letters, a sleeping bag so that you can go on spontaneous adventures, and your favorite card/board games to play with your new friends! Don't bring a lot of notebooks (you'll do most of your note taking on your laptop), all of your shoes (I basically lived in flip flops), and an iron (you just won't use it).

 

Isabelle Gallardo

Isabelle GallardoMajor: Political Science- International Affairs

 

Hometown: Where my people are.


What is one resource students should know about?

Job Spot through the Career Development & Calling office. There are so many job opportunities on there that people don't take advantage of.

 

What is one resource students should know about?

The Writer’s Corner; commas are important, lovely people!

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The Observatory, most definitely!

 

Favorite class and why?

Oh goodness! It would have to be between Political Theory and Ideology with Dr. Covington or International Politics with Dr. Knecht. Both professors have a knack for sparking a desire within their students to question the system, especially during this turbulent time in politics.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring a heart ready for adventure, a mind open to deliberation, a soul yearning to flourish, and a fan (it gets hot!). Don't bring any assumptions!

 

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Madison McQueen

johannaMajor: Communication Studies

 

Hometown: Danville, CA


Favorite verse/quote: "One person's annoying is another's inspiring and heroic." -Leslie Knope

 

What is one resource students should know about?

Disabilities Services

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The Formal Garden behind Kerrwood Hall

 

Favorite class and why?

Theories of Rhetoric and Comm I with Dr. Spencer because it changes your life. Not only does he focus on improving your mind and growing in knowledge, but also growing and improving in your character.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring your favorite coffee mug. Don't Bring your entire closet (trust me it won't fit. I tried)

 

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Kaylee Deal

kayleeMajor: Economics & Business, Communication Studies

 

Hometown: Upland, CA

 

What is one resource students should know about?

Your professors!!!! They always encourage you take them out to lunch or meet them in their office hours. Take advantage of the fact that your professors invest in you and genuinely want to get to know you!!! This will make for a way better learning experience, and hey, you might even get a couple mentors out of the deal!!!

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The Prayer Chapel

 

Favorite class and why?

Holly Beers' New Testament class. I have never learned so much about God and my own walk in faith. This class was so transformative for the person I am today, and Holly is such a wonderful teacher. I am so grateful for the things I learned in that class; that knowledge will stick with me my whole life!!

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

I was so anxious about having everything I could possibly think of going into my freshman year. I had everything you could possibly think of from band aids, to cold medicine, to aloe vera, to Kleenex, to a flashlight, to sleeping bags.... I had it all and made a lot of friends because people wanted to borrow my aloe from all those harsh sunburns those first couple of weeks!!! So if you don't have something, a crazy friend down the hall definitely will!!!

 

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Juliette Gregory

bryannaMajor: Spanish- Hispanic Studies

 

Hometown: Solana Beach, CA


What is one resource students should know about?

The study rooms in the library.

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The formal rose gardens

 

Favorite class and why?

Gender and Sex Roles Cross-Culturally with Dr. Meredith Whitnah--taught us about the issues that are very relevant and controversial today, and how to approach and have conversations with people who are different than us in a respectful and polite manner.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

bring: a toiletries holder and a drying rack for when all the dryers are full do not bring: your whole closet or candles.

 

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Jazmine Anderson Islas

jazmineMajor: Communication Studies

 

Hometown: Southern California, mainly San Diego


What is one resource students should know about?

Writer’s Corner

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

Kerr Student Center

 

Favorite class and why?

Intro to Statistics with Austin Scirratt. He may act intimidating but the way he taught was engaging and beyond helpful. He understands the struggle of college life and no question is a stupid question, but he also taught me to trust myself.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring: yourself...and pictures
Don't Bring: animals, there's plenty here :)

 

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Jessica Galvan

jazmineMajor: Art

 

Hometown: Pinole, CA


What is one resource students should know about?

El Tejado for late night snacks

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

Magnolia Lawn

 

Favorite class and why?

English Composition with Teddy Macker, because I loved the discussions.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring a mug for mocha, a book for your brain and a latte for late nights. Don't bring a bad attitude, leave the negativity at home, ya fools!

 

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Josh Bencker

Josh BenckerMajor: Economics & Business

 

Hometown: Galt, CA


What is one resource students should know about?

Professor’s office hours

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

Tables outside Winter that overlook baseball field and have mountain/ ocean view

 

Favorite class and why?

Accounting because Coby makes it very interesting and I like dealing with numbers.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring a shower caddy, don't bring too many clothes or a tv.

 

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Olivia Stowell

oliviaMajor: English, Theatre

 

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO


What is one resource students should know about?

Definitely the counseling center! It's an amazing resource to help you work out your current problems or even just to talk out something from your past. The counselors are so caring and I found the counseling center to be really helpful my freshman year.

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The Prayer Chapel!

 

Favorite class and why?

My favorite class was probably Acting I with Mitchell Thomas. Acting is a class where you learn so much about both yourself and what it means to be a human. And having a space to be creative and not take yourself so seriously is really rejuvenating. I always looked forward to Acting I, and the class probably had a lot to do with me becoming a Theatre major!

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

You should bring a beach towel or blanket! You'll need it for studying on the lawn or the rock, or any time you go to the beach. Also a multi-outlet power strip. There aren't always enough outlets for all of your devices in the dorms, and they're not always in the most convenient places. But don't bring all your books from home; you won't have time to read them!

 

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Megan Davis

Megan DavisMajor: Psychology

 

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA


What is one resource students should know about?

Get involved in a weekly Urban Initiative team! You can be involved in student ministries about every night of the week with transportation provided. It's a great way to get off campus, get to know Santa Barbara, make new friends, and serve God - all at the same time!

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The Prayer Chapel

 

Favorite class and why?

Perspectives on World History - I took this my first semester at Westmont and it totally blew my mind! It was NOT just a history class, but a class where we considered the hard questions about how God and the world intertwine throughout all of time. Plus it helped me determine I wanted to study abroad in Cairo, Egypt!

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring: good walking shoes
Don't Bring: cheap flip-flops - you will get blisters, it's not called a "hiking campus" for nothing!

 

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Lauren Miller

LaurenMajor: Economics & Business

 

Hometown: Kirkland, WA


What is one resource students should know about?

The Counseling Center

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

Lovik Field

 

Favorite class and why?

My favorite class was New Testament with Holly Beers because I got to learn about Jesus in an exciting way and reading the Bible was my homework!

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Students should definitely bring a journal that they like to write in just to process everything that goes on in your first year. I would say don't bring any shoes that are uncomfortable. No matter how cute they are ladies, you are going to get blisters from walking up and down campus.

 

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Emily Stoppler

EmilyMajor: Sociology

 

Hometown: Redmond, WA


What is one resource students should know about?

The Health Center and Counseling Center since they are always there for you whenever you need anything and there is a super cute therapy dog that is there for you when you just need to relax!

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The rock by the library since it is so peaceful and the best place on campus to watch the sunset or eat dinner with friends.

 

Favorite class and why?

Introduction to New Testament with Holly Beers! She is an amazing teacher that brings so many new ideas and perspectives to the New Testament that make you want to dive deeper into what you personally believe!

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Should bring a water bottle that can last through the whole year, a beach towel for days you just want to lay on the beach, and a blanket. Should not bring too many books (other than books for classes of course) or clothes that you never wear at home since you probably won't wear them at college then!

 

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Allie Klein

EmilyMajor: Kinesiology

 

Hometown: Valencia, CA


What is one resource students should know about?

Career Development and Calling

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

Library

 

Favorite class and why?

New Testament with Holly Beers. It brings an entirely new perspective on the Bible not mention Holly is pretty cool.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

They should bring some sort of coffee machine or an extra clock for the room aside from a phone. They shouldn't bring tons of extra dishware or furniture, there really won't be enough room.

 

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Mykaela Delgado

MykaelaMajor: Political Science

 

Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA


What is one resource students should know about?

Career Development & Calling- They help with resumes!

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The grass in front of the library that overlooks the ocean.

 

Favorite class and why?

World Religions- Dr. Farhadian is the best and the class was SO fascinating

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

A fan and they shouldn't bring any decoration that can't be hung on the wall with a command strip.

 

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Ray Nakamoto

RayMajor: Kinesiology

 

Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA


What is one resource students should know about?

Professor office hours

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

My favorite spot on campus is the rock. It's great place to watch the sunset and even better to watch the sunrise. Especially, after pulling an all nighter for finals. It's the best way to start the day off.

 

Favorite class and why?

My favorite class is English Composition with Professor VanderMey. He made the class very enjoyable through conversation and group work. He leaves excellent notes/feedback on each student's papers. He made connections with each student and made writing fun!

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring some decorations for your room that make you, you! Make yourself feel at home! Also, bring some nice walking shoes for all the little hills on campus. As well as your Hydroflask or Swell bottle to keep you cool. What you shouldn't bring...your whole closet. I found myself wearing the same shirt at least 2-3 times a week. Especially, when you have 8ams everyday, you kind of just roll out of bed in you p.j.'s.

 

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Ally Kim

allyMajor: Psychology

 

Hometown: Fullerton, CA


What is one resource students should know about?

Career Development & Calling

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The big rock next to the library

 

Favorite class and why?

Hip hop with Angela Carty. She's such a fun teacher and her class is a great opportunity for one to step out of his/her comfort zone. I definitely recommend taking the class.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring: a water kettle, command strips, bandaids, and post its.
Don't bring: ski jackets or very heavy clothing, too much clothes,

 

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Matthew Miller

MatthewMajor: Computer Science

 

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO


What is one resource students should know about?

Professor office hours

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

Racquetball Courts

 

Favorite class and why?

CS-10, it was one of the hardest classes I've ever taken, but I've learned more than any other class. My grade wasn't the best, but I learned the material and I learned it well because I worked hard at it even though it wasn't easy.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring: Bring a power strip! Don't bother bringing a printer, the library has got you covered!

 

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Jacob Wilson

MatthewMajor: History

 

Hometown: Poway, CA


What is one resource students should know about?

You can’t spell “rad” without RA. Your RA is a great resource for not only the first couple of weeks, but for the entire year. They can answer many of the burning questions you may still have after Orientation like: “What are the chances that I run into a celebrity around Montecito?” “Which of the many coffee shops in Santa Barbara should I check out first?” They care for you and they want you to have the best transition into Westmont possible. Get to know your RA.

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The track at night when the sky is clear is a great spot to see some stars and marvel at God’s creation.

 

Favorite class and why?

My favorite class that I have taken at Westmont was European Society and Culture with Dr. Chapman. It was an upper division history class that I took with only 7 others. The small class size allowed us to sit around one table to discuss the assigned readings. The class was always engaging as Dr. Chapman guided us through many thoughtful discussions about what we were reading. Although Dr. Chapman will be on sabbatical for at least the next semester, for history and non-history majors alike I highly recommend him for Perspectives on World History down the road.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring your favorite clothes, but remember less is more. You may find that a dorm room with 1-2 others can fill up very quickly and it’s not uncommon to find yourself wearing the same 5-10 shirts all year. Unfortunately, your pets will have to stay at home (unless it’s a fish). You’ll likely miss them more than your actual family, but you will just have to visit them during breaks.

 

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Isabel Mata

IsabelMajor: Religious Studies, Studio Art

 

Hometown: Carbondale, CO


What is one resource students should know about?

The Counseling Center

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The Whittier Balcony

 

Favorite class and why?

Just like I couldn't choose one major I'm going choose two classes, because Early to Medieval Christianity and Reformation to Modern Christianity should not be taken without each other. After two subsequent semesters of Christian history I learned more about my faith and it's roots than I had ever thought there was to learn. Some of the highlights were actively engaging with primary texts and worshiping weekly with churches of different denominations and traditions. If you've ever wondered about the "Early Church" or why denominations exist anyway, this is definitely the place for you, because the things I learned from Early to Medieval and Reformation to Modern Christianity have completely changed the way I view not only my faith, but Christianity as a whole.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Do Bring: photos and art to hang on your walls in order remind you of who you are, who you love, where you come from, who you want to be, and where you want to go.
Don't Bring: Too many shoes. They may seem small, but they're easily one of the most difficult things to store.

 

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Jacob Cohen

IsabelMajor: Economics & Business

 

Hometown: Claremont, CA


What is one resource students should know about?

Definitely Off-Campus Programs. Barb and Kim are great and a huge help in planning study abroad!

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

My favorite spot would have to be the fountain courtyard next to Kerwood - during sunset when the light shines through the fountain and into the yard.

 

Favorite class and why?

It would have to be a tie been hip-hop and physics. Both have challenged me and allowed me to step out of my comfort zone.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

You should bring all your Patagonia, Birks, Hydro Flask/Swell, and beach attire! Don't bring a skateboard, there's no way to board these crazy hills.

 

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Cameryn Idema

camerynMajor: Psychology

 

Hometown: Murrieta, CA


What is one resource students should know about?

Dial-A-Ride

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

My bed, and also the outside gym by the track is so beautiful at around sunset.

 

Favorite class and why?

Perspectives on World History with Mallampalli! You have to take it WITH MALLAMPALLI!! I learned so much in his class and he really cares about the students and how much they retain the info. He also switches up the way he teaches so he can reach a wider variety of learning styles, I love it!

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Students should definitely bring a fan! It's really hot the first and last couple of months and a fan is really nice to have. DON'T BRING YOUR WHOLE CLOSET. I recommend bringing clothes seasonally, you'll save so much room by doing that.

 

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William Ellzey

camerynMajor: Music

 

Hometown: Culver City, CA


What is one resource students should know about?

Campus Pastor’s Office

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The D.C mid-afternoon when only a few people are in there.

 

Favorite class and why?

General Psychology with Saad because in essence this class teaches you how to read people's minds!

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

All students should bring a capable speaker (for private use, not hallway use), and students should NOT bring a close-minded attitude towards other's taste in music (This will save you much pain in the long run, especially if you live in page).

 

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Kevin Gao

kevinMajor: Undecided

 

Hometown: Nanjing, China


What is one resource students should know about?

Dining Commons

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

Winter Hall

 

Favorite class and why?

Discrete Math by Dr. Rosentrater. It was such an interesting class that I learned so much. I really enjoyed it.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

bring: sleeping bag
don't bring: a bad mood maybe?:)

 

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Alisa Mathes

alisaMajor: Liberal Studies with a Spanish Minor

 

Hometown: I don't really have a "hometown." I'm most recently from Ohio, and before that I’ve lived in New Jersey and California.


What is one resource students should know about?

Kerrwood Hall! I know it may seem intimidating at first, but everyone working there is extremely helpful. That's the place to go for everything from Student Records to Off-Campus Programs!

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The two benches right next to the rock that overlooks campus all the way down to the ocean! It's such a peaceful and lovely spot to enjoy the sunshine with a good book or a good friend.

 

Favorite class and why?

My favorite class so far has been Music for Kids. It may sound ‘childish,’ but the professor is contagiously passionate about what she teaches, and the curriculum goes so much deeper than just singing songs or playing a recorder—it really gets to the heart of why I want to be a teacher!

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Do Bring: A favorite deck of cards/board game! It’s a fun way to make friends during a study break or a rainy night in.
Don’t Bring: Lots of books! Trust me, you’ll have more than enough to read for classes. Bring one or two of your favorite reads, but you won’t want to lug a shelf full of books around.

 

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Martha Bartchy

Major: Psychology

 

Hometown: Munich, Germany


What is one resource students should know about?

Talking to professors and going to office hours - TRUST ME - it can be unbelievably rewarding exam and clarity wise, touching base with and getting to know them. They are great and helpful people that also love getting to know you!

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The rock outside the library

 

Favorite class and why?

Dr. Chapman's class "Perspectives on World History. He made me rediscover how cool it can be to learn about history and how incredibly worthwhile and fun it really is to be in class.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring your smile and your fun self. Don't overpack, because you can definitely also share things with your roomie and friends. Leave major expectations at home; that way the experiences you do have will not feel like a let down but can more be a pleasant surprise.

 

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Sabrina Dawson

sabrinaMajor: Art, English

 

Hometown: I am a nomad.


What is one resource students should know about?

Take a professor to lunch

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The Formal Gardens (especially for sardines)

 

Favorite class and why?

Art, Theology, and Worship with Prof. DeBoer was amazing because she is great and the class incorporated so many of the elements of what makes Westmont unique.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring a tea kettle (because you make a lot of friends with coffee and tea) but don't worry about an umbrella (because the natives don't use them...if it ever rains).

 

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Andrew Sawyer

Major: Biochemistry

 

Hometown: Glendale, Arizona


What is one resource students should know about?

Student Alumni Association

 

Favorite spot on-campus?

The Paul Willis Trail

 

Favorite class and why?

Great Literature of the Stage with Dr. John Blondell. Not only does Great Lit fulfill two GE's, but John makes learning about theatre and plays fun! I loved everything about the class: the engaging lectures, the field trips, the performances, and even the unique tests. We talked about a wide variety of topics, including: race and ethnicity of the stage and what it means to have a "life-lie." After taking his class, I will never forget that verisimilitude means "truth to the familiar to things" and that skits and plays are not the same. Do yourself a favor and take Great Lit.

 

What should people bring and what should they NOT bring?

Bring: Soft toilet paper
Not Bring: Everything you own

 

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