Senior Admission Counselor
Specialty - Transfer and First-Year Student Admission
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Azusa Pacific University Class of 2014
Major: Interpersonal & Organizational Communication Studies
Video Location: Smothers Theater
Tips for Applying
Top 3 recommendations for applying
- Visit campus! Our website is full of great information and pictures, but it certainly does not compare to experiencing the gorgeous views, vibrant campus life, and unique culture of Pepperdine in person.
- I like to encourage families to walk through the entire process of applying for admission and financial aid before making a decision. The initial sticker shock can deter students from applying; however, you never know what your financial aid award will be in the end.
- Use all of the resources available to you throughout the application and decision making process. Visiting campus, connecting with your Admission counselor, and talking to current students and alumni brings the Pepperdine experience to life. Not only will this information help you make your decision, but it prepares you to engage and thrive within the Pepperdine community when you become a wave!
Advice for writing the essays and supplemental question
The essays are great opportunities for you to tell your story and show us your personality in creative and dynamic ways. Be yourself and don't discount any of the experiences that have shaped who you are. We love to read essays that abound with passion and self-awareness. Also, it's helpful to understand Pepperdine's mission and weave our themes of purpose, service, and leadership throughout your essay.
Other general advice for students during the application process
It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the dates and deadlines that require your attention and action throughout the application process. Something that helped me was compiling a list of everything I needed to submit along with the corresponding deadlines. I wrote all the details into one calendar that became my lifeline throughout the process. No need to procrastinate or panic! The good habits you build now will provide you with a great foundation for your time in college.
Working in the Office of Admission
My favorite aspect about working in the Office of Admission
As both a first generation college student and transfer student, I love being able to help students become their own advocates and well-informed decision makers by explaining the admission process in understandable and relatable ways. I look forward to walking alongside you as you make one of the biggest and most rewarding decisions on your life thus far.