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Kelli Gerrans

Admission Counselor

Home Town: Los Gatos, CA
Seaver Class of 2018
Major: Political Science
Email: kelli.gerrans@pepperdine.edu
Phone: 310-506-4392

Favorite Spot on Campus

My favorite spot on campus is in front of the Stauffer Chapel. Inside the chapel is absolutely breathtaking, but the serenity and silence present when one sits in front of the Chapel is indescribable. With nothing but the view of the ocean in site and the wind blowing past your face, your left to be 100% present and enjoy a quiet moment to yourself, a spot to speak with friends, or a moment of prayer.

Tips For Applying

Top 3 recommendations for applying

  1. Be true to yourself in your application—we want to see how unique you are.
  2. Take your time on your applications and don't rush the process!
  3. Continue to work hard in high school and keep trying your best until the end of your senior year.

Advice for essays and supplemental question

Don't try to get the essays done in one sitting, pushing out material just to get it done. Instead, sit down and write when you feel like you are in the proper mindset to produce good work. Additionally, in Pepperdine's supplemental questions, let your personality shine. Be yourself, not someone you think Pepperdine wants you to be. We love reading genuine essays!

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 the people. Each colleague is kind, welcoming, and sincere.

Highlights From My Time at Pepperdine

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

Incredibly happy.  Pepperdine was my dream school and being able to play volleyball during my time here made it even better.

The main reason I decided to attend Pepperdine

It was a Christian University in a wonderful location.

My favorite professor

Professor Thomas Reilly. He helped encourage me to learn more about cultures other than America, particularly East Asia and spurred my continued interest in learning about diverse places and peoples. In essence, he pushed me to continue to expand my worldview.

My favorite class

My favorite class was Politics of Developing Regions in the World. Studying the cultures and customs of other places opened my eyes to how small we are in this gigantic world.

Activities, clubs, and service projects I was involved with

I participated on the Women's Volleyball Team.

How I developed spiritually at Pepperdine

Coming in to Pepperdine, I was strong in my Christian faith. However, during my time at Pepperdine, the different faith based discussions I had with my peers and professors both challenged and deepened my faith in Christ. I was able to have heart-felt conversations with students from different faith backgrounds and describe my own experience with faith. In doing so, I learned more about my own faith in Christ and my longing for Him than I have in any other part of my life.

The highlight of my Pepperdine experience

My close relationship with my professors, many of which I am still in touch with today. My professors were pivotal in my academic development and growth in my faith.