Specialty - Church of Christ Admission
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Seaver College Class of 2015
Major: Political Science
Favorite Spot on Campus
My favorite spot on campus is the fourth floor balcony of the Keck Science Center, or KSC. It is a very peaceful spot that overlooks campus where you can just stand and take in the beauty around you. It was always my in-between classes spot to just take a minute, breathe, recharge, and get ready for that next class.
Tips for Applying
Top 3 recommendations for applying
- Get your work done early. Don't wait until the last minute to send in your application. It will only stress you out.
- Build relationships with a teacher, coach or mentor, and be able to have them write a letter of recommendation for you. Those types of people in life care about you and your future more than you will ever know and are just hoping for the chance to get to know you.
- Stay in the present. Enjoy your last year of high school. Don't wish it all away just waiting to go to college.
Advice for essays and supplemental question
Pepperdine's mission calls for purpose, service, and leadership. Think about that when you are writing your essays. Don't be afraid to be unique and stand out! Show us how you can add to the mission of Pepperdine.
Other General Advice
Ask questions! Whether that is to your college counselor at school, your parents, your friends, or your admissions counselor, never be afraid to ask. You don't have to know it all or do it all yourself.
Working in the Office of Admission
My favorite aspect about working in the Office of Admission
So far my favorite part of working in the Office of Admission has been the culture of the office. Everyone in the Office of Admission has a heart for students and a joy in what they do.
What I enjoy about traveling the country and meeting prospective Pepperdine students
I don't know yet, this is my first season! But I'm really looking forward to visiting with people all across the country and being able to bring Pepperdine to them.
Highlights From My Time at Pepperdine
The first thing I thought when I learned I was accepted to Pepperdine
I was excited, then kind of nervous about going so far away. I applied worrying that even if I got in, I wouldn't be able to make it financially. Pepperdine exceeded my expectations in financial aid, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend. Walking on to campus for the first time was amazing. It was beautiful, and I knew it was a place that I could turn into my home.
The main reason I decided to attend Pepperdine
For me, it was a combination of Pepperdine's Christian mission and its location. I wanted a Christian mission in my college experience, but did not want to stay in the South in places that I had always known. I wanted a new experience that would allow me to grow, and Pepperdine really provided that.
Activities, clubs, and service projects were I was involved with
During my time at Pepperdine I was involved with Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, University Campus Ministry, University Church, House Groups, Associated Women for Pepperdine, Seaver Advancement Leadership Team, Sunday Night Chapel, Resident Advisor with Housing and Residence Life, Intramural Sports, Athletic Event Staff, Pepperdine Scuba Club, Step Forward Day, and Won By One.
My favorite professor
My favorite professor was Jason Blakely. He is a political theory professor, and he challenged me to think and defend my beliefs in ways that really made me grow. He is a great teacher who forces his students to struggle with big things and ideas, to look at the world in new ways, and to go out and impact the world for better.
My favorite project
I think my senior thesis ended up being one of my best experiences academically. I got to work alongside my favorite professor, and really pursue knowledge about a subject that I got to pick, rather than having a topic assigned to me. I learned a lot about myself and my work habits, when I can get stuff done and when I really can't. On top of all of that, I finished a monster project that I could be proud of.
How I developed spiritually at Pepperdine
My faith really grew during my time at Pepperdine into something that was truly my own. It was no longer my parent's faith. There was no one making me to go to church. I had to make the decisions about what I would believe and what that meant in my life. There were ups and downs along the way, but at the end of it all I can see that my faith and spirituality have really grown into something that I believe for myself.
The highlight of my Pepperdine experience
There were so many awesome experiences, so it is hard to narrow down to just one, but one thing I will always remember is getting the opportunity to sing the National Anthem before an Elite Eight basketball game at Staples Center. That is an experience I know I never would have had anywhere else, and is a great example of the type of unbelievable opportunities that can come from being a Pepperdine student.
Where I studied abroad