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Mharie Brigham

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Evergreen, CO
Seaver College Class of 2023
Major: Hispanic Studies
Email: mharie.brigham@pepperdine.edu
Phone: (310) 506-4392

Favorite Spot on Campus

One of my favorite study spots was Heroes Garden. It has a great view of the ocean and is a quiet outside spot for writing essays. In the evening, you can hear the frogs chirp!

Tips for Applying

Top 3 recommendations for applying

  1. Be authentic. We want to get to know who you are at your core! Showcase your best qualities through your answers and personal essay.
  2. Breathe. It’s a daunting process, but don’t be afraid to take a moment to collect your bearings. Stay organized and lean on your support system.
  3. We are here for you! Don’t be afraid to explore our websites and ask us questions! Pepperdine has something for everyone, and we want to help you get connected to your interests!

Advice for essays and supplemental question

Revise! Chances are your best work will come from pulling apart your first draft and reworking and rewriting it. Remember you are trying to show us who you are apart from your transcript, so be sure to make your essays and answers organized, cohesive, and relay a clear message. Proofread your work!

Other General Advice

You’ve got this! Though it might seem scary, you will make it through this process and emerge knowing more about who you are. Trust the process.

Working in the Office of Admission

My favorite aspect about working in the Office of Admission

I love working with students. Choosing to go to college means stepping into a huge life transition headfirst. It is a pleasure to be able to work with students and families through this process.

Highlights From My Time at Pepperdine

The main reason I decided to attend Pepperdine

Pepperdine’s values really resonated with me, and I felt they aligned with my own values. I wanted a place where I could explore myself both academically and spiritually. Pepperdine was an excellent fit for what I was looking for.

Activities, clubs, and service projects I was involved with

I was involved in many different areas on campus! I worked in the Hub for Spiritual Life, I did undergraduate research in Marine Biology, I was president of the Spanish Honors Society, the Station Manager at KWVS Student Radio, and President of the Catholic Student Association.

My favorite class

My favorite class was the Introduction to Marine Biology course taught by Dr. Florybeth La Valle. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to take classes outside my major on subjects I am
passionate about. I loved all the field experiences we had out in the tide pools.

The highlight of my Pepperdine experience

The highlight of my experience was definitely the relationships I developed with my professors. Pepperdine gave me the opportunity to genuinely connect with faculty members that supported me academically, personally, and professionally. I found lifelong mentors.