Pepperdine University | Seaver College

Hannah Turpin

Admission Counselor

Hometown: Lebanon, OH
Seaver College Class of 2016
Major: Economics and Political Science
Email: Hannah.Turpin@pepperdine.edu
Phone: 310-506-4392

My Favorite Spot on Campus

One of my most treasured places on campus is behind Stauffer Chapel. It offers a calm and meditative atmosphere and a break from the rush of campus, not to mention the stunning views of the mountains to the south and the ocean on the horizon.

Tips for Applying

Top 3 recommendations for applying

  1. An early start means you will have more time to really paint us a picture of who you are through your essays and will give your recommenders more time to craft a great letter, so don't wait!
  2. Our website is a rich resource on our departments and programs. It can answer a lot of questions you may have along the way.
  3. There is no better way to know our school and community than through a visit. Come tour campus and get a current student's perspective on why we all love Pepperdine!

Advice for writing the essays and supplemental question

Have a teacher, family member, or trusted friend read over your work and provide you with feedback. They might be able to provide a new perspective to your narrative. And always remember to proof-read!

Working in the Office of Admission

My favorite aspect about working in the Office of Admission

I love that I get to make a tangible difference in the lives of prospective students every day. It is incredibly rewarding to be able to help calm nerves and provide guidance during this crucial time in their lives.

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

I enjoy getting to see new parts of the country and to understand what it is that each student is seeking to know in order to grow in confidence during the application process.

Highlights From My Time at Pepperdine

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

I could already see myself on campus learning and engaging in the classroom and community. I saw it as an incredible adventure waiting for my next big step in my life and in my faith.

Activities, clubs, and service projects I was involved with

Pepperdine allowed me to become involved in a wide range of opportunities from running on the Pepperdine Cross Country and Track team, to serving as a resident advisor for two years. I was also member of the sorority Pi Beta Phi, secretary of Microfinance Club, and a Regents' Scholar. I was able to volunteer with the Malibu Labor Exchange and travel with my team to serve during Step Forward Day and Project Serve.

My favorite professor

My favorite professor during my time as a student was Brian Newman. He was the visiting faculty member during my studies in Buenos Aires. He is an expert in his field and still makes the time to personally meet with and care for students whether in office hours or by inviting students to join his family for dinner. I even had the chance to work on research in political science with Dr. Newman.

My favorite class

My favorite classes at Pepperdine were a part of the Great Books Colloquium. This series of classes exposed me to classic pieces of literature from Homer to Nietzche. It taught me to reason clearly, to articulate my arguments, to construct stronger papers, and to engage in challenging dialogue with professors and students alike.

How I developed spiritually at Pepperdine

My faith grew through my intellectual pursuits in school, through conversations with my peers, and through Bible studies and worship with the greater community. Pepperdine also annually hosts the Veritas Forum, which allowed me to learn from theologians and Christian scholars. I never had these opportunities before attending Pepperdine.

The highlight of my Pepperdine experience

There are few places I could have competed at a collegiate level, held a job, participated in clubs, and even studied abroad all within my college experience. My highlight of Pepperdine is the breadth of opportunities I was able to enjoy..

Where I studied abroad

Washington, D.C. and Buenos Aires, Argentina