Pepperdine University - Seaver College

Miyelle Aiken

Admission Counselor

Specialty - Diversity and Access

Hometown: Adelphi, MD
Seaver College Class of 2015
Major: Hispanic Studies and International Studies
Email: Miyelle.Aiken@pepperdine.edu
Phone: 310-506-4392

My Favorite Spot on Campus

My favorite spot on campus is the Sandbar Patio. On any good day not only can you see an amazing view of Malibu and the beach, but you can catch a breeze coming off the ocean. An extra plus is that Jamba Juice is only a short distance away!

Tips for Applying

Top 3 recommendations for applying

  1. Ask a lot of questions. If you are unsure about something it is okay. Never be afraid to seek advice.
  2. I know applying for colleges and universities can be overwhelming, but take it one day at a time.
  3. Take time to look at everything Pepperdine has to offer such as our clubs, study abroad countries, and local community service opportunities. Also, come and visit us in Malibu!

Advice for writing the essays and supplemental question

Be creative, but also show us who you are!

Working in the Office of Admission

My favorite aspect about working in the Office of Admission

My favorite aspect about working in the Office of Admission is being surrounded by colleagues who are very passionate about higher education. The office atmosphere is great and everyone cares for one another's wellbeing.

What I enjoy most about traveling the country meeting prospective students and their families

My favorite part of travel season is getting to travel around to different locations throughout the US to meet high school counselors and excited prospective students.

Highlights From My Time at Pepperdine

The first thing I thought when I learned I was accepted to Pepperdine

I cannot believe I am going to Pepperdine! I can't wait to study abroad, meet new people, and learn more about the Volunteer Center!

Activities, clubs, and service projects I was involved with

During my time at Pepperdine I was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and participated in the Black Student Association, Debate Team, Pepperdine Volunteer Center, and Project Serve.

My favorite professor

Honestly, it is extremely hard to pick one professor whose class I enjoyed. I have built strong relationships with several professors in different classes and I am extremely grateful for that. If I had to pick a few though, I would mention Dr. April Marshall, Dr. Daniel Rodriguez, Dr. David Holmes, and Dr. Sarah Stone Watt.

My favorite class project

My favorite class project would have to be when I wrote my senior thesis for International Relations. My senior thesis topic explored the primary education system in Dominican Republic and how race affects the classroom. This was one my favorite class projects because of the hard work that went into finishing my thesis. Not only did I do a lot of research especially obtaining native text books from Dominican Republic, but I was writing about something that I was passionate about. It took a lot of hard work and I had my ups and downs, but overall it was an amazing journey writing it.

How I developed spiritually at Pepperdine

Pepperdine allowed me to grow so much spiritually. From taking the time to choose SLA's who invested time in us to being surrounded by strong Christian values. It was truly was life changing. Pepperdine allowed me to grow closer to God and his word.

The highlight of my Pepperdine experience

The highlight of my experience at Pepperdine was not only studying abroad, but really creating unbreakable bonds with friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

Where I studied abroad

Buenos Aires, Argentina