Soleil Ball Van Zee
Soleil Ball Van Zee ‘19

Head Tour Guide

Ali Barber ‘20
Ali Barber ‘20

Head Tour Guide

Kyle Lee '20
Kyle Lee ‘20

Head Tour Guide

Elizabeth "Libby" Rose ‘19
Elizabeth "Libby" Rose ‘19

Head Tour Guide

Emma Vorenberg ‘20
Emma Vorenberg ‘20

Head Tour Guide

Laura Zhang ‘19
Laura Zhang ‘19

Head Tour Guide

Thomas Campbell

Assistant Dean of Admissions
Tour Guide Program Manager

Carolyn Starks

Assistant Dean of Admissions
Tour Guide Program Manager

Gabe Abdellatif
Gabe Abdellatif '21

Riverdale High School, Portland, OR

Major: Politics

When Gabe isn't giving tours he can be found spending time with friends, competing with Pomona's student-run Mock Trial Team, serving on Pomona's Judicial Board, or volunteering as a Pomona Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) mentor with the Draper Center for Community Partnerships. Oh, and Gabe's favorite part of being a tour guide is all the attention.

Vicky-Marie Addo Ashong ‘20
Vicky-Marie Addo Ashong ‘20

George Mason High School, Falls Church, VA

Major/Minor: Public Policy Analysis (PPA) with a politics concentration, Mathematics (minor)

A member of the Pomona-Pitzer Varsity Volleyball and Track & Field teams, Vicky-Marie can be found off the court or the track supporting her fellow Sagehens in all their endeavors—artistic, academic or athletic. She also enjoys reading about politics and history or struggling over math problem sets. Outside of school, Vicky loves going to the beach or pool, doing online shopping, going out to dinner and watching MTV.

Victoria (Tori) Agostini ‘20
Victoria "Tori" Agostini ‘20

Spring Valley High School, Columbia, SC

Major: International Relations

An international relations major, Tori also enjoys French and economics. Outside of the classroom, you can spot her at the pool with the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Swim Team or playing intramural inner-tube water polo. She enjoys hiking and visiting museums in L.A. during her free time.

Tour Guide Cecil
Michael "Min" Andy '21

Bellaire Senior High School, Bellaire, TX

   

 

Salamata Bah
Salamata Bah ‘20

Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice, Bronx, NY

Majors: Public Policy Analysis (PPA)

Salamata is from a predominantly Hispanic and Black neighborhood in the Bronx. Although she lived in NYC for 14 years of her life, she has also lived in the West African country of Guinea for four years. Currently, her favorite class is Korean because she is addicted to Korean dramas and looks forward to the day she can study abroad in South Korea. 

Soleil Ball Van Zee '19
Soleil Ball Van Zee '19

The Dalton School, New York, NY

Majors: Politics & Art History

Soleil devotes a lot of time to her work as Student Coordinator for the Rooftop Garden Project at the Draper Center for Community Partnerships. She has also been elected as the Student Representative to the Trustee Academic Affairs Committee and serves as Appeals Chair for the student Judicial Council. Soleil also enjoys eating long, leisurely meals in the dining halls, playing KenKen, and camping and getting lost with friends in Joshua Tree.  

Ali Barber
Ali Barber ‘20

Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA (home is San Francisco, CA)

Major/Minor: History with an environmental history concentration & Economics (minor)

When Ali is not in a history or economics class, you can usually spot her drinking coffee and doing homework outside. Beyond tour guiding, Ali helps out as a class mentor, works on the Pomona Events Committee (planning fun times with free food!) and is involved in the Planned Parenthood club. In her free time, she loves listening to podcasts and hiking in the nearby mountains.

Brendan Barrow
Brendan Barrow '21

The Blake School, Minneapolis, MN

Major/Minor: Neuroscience (major), Politics (minor)

Brendan is a sponsor, a live-in resource for a group of freshman students. When not giving tours or helping sponsees figure out Pomona’s course registration system, you’ll find him trying to stay awake in class, talking pictures outside, working on creative writing in one of the lounges, or just listening to jazz in his room. (Or, let’s be honest, probably asleep, having forgotten to turn his music off). He finds the notion that 65 degrees is cold to be quite amusing.

Jacob Brawer
Jacob Brawer '20

Flintridge Preparatory School, La Cañada, CA

Major/Minor: Neuroscience, Math (minor)

Fascinated by both brain chemistry/biology and psychology, Jacob is glad Pomona allows him to pursue his multidisciplinary interests, while also gaining computational experience and completing the Pre-Med track. Outside of class, Jacob is involved in research in the Neuropsychoendocrinology CARE lab at CMC, and serves as a Pre-Health Mentor, Neuroscience Department Liaison and Judicial Council member. Jacob also loves basketball, escaping to the beach with his friends, and intramural spikeball.

Matthew Brown
Matthew Brown ‘20

St. John's School, Houston, TX

Major: Music

Matthew can usually be found in the Thatcher Music Building practicing piano and voice or rehearsing with the Pomona College Choir and Glee Club. Matthew is also a member of Claremont Splash and volunteers with Learning in Collaboration through the Draper Center. In his free time, Matthew enjoys venturing off-campus on 47 Things trips, taking long, contemplative walks and sharing his love of Broadway musicals.

Tyler Bunton
Tyler Bunton ‘20

Hamden Hall Country Day School, Hamden, CT

Majors: English & International Relations

Tyler is torn between interests in international relations, English and Spanish. In his free time he enjoys learning new languages, writing or reading at SkySpace, taking violin lessons, playing in the Pomona College Orchestra and lounging on Marston Quad. Some Crust coffee and memes round out his interests. 

Geraldine Castaneda
Geraldine Castaneda ‘21

C.K. McClatchy High School, Sacramento, CA

Major: Public Policy Analysis (PPA) with a Chicanx/Latinx studies concentration

Born in Mexico City, Geraldine is a QuestBridge Match, first-gen, DACA-mented Sagehen. She loves to dance salsa and play tennis (only occasionally at the same time). When not in class, she can be found out and about eating cookies, slyly picking the beautiful Pomona flowers or re-watching episodes of The Office.

Cynthia Cuellar ‘21
Cynthia Cuellar ‘21

Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Public Policy Analysis (PPA) with a chemistry concentration

Guatemalan-born, Cynthia enjoys doing nearly everything—unless it's related to sports. When she's not walking backwards as a tour guide, you can find her dancing (as in the Salsa Club!), wearing a blue lab coat as a research assistant, or  tutoring chemistry students. She loves petting cute dogs on Marston Quad, eating yummy omelets at Frank Dining Hall and making cute crafts at the Hive.

Mo Dyson '19
Mo Dyson ‘19

Citrus College, Glendora, CA

Major: Public Policy Analysis (PPA) with a politics concentration

Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mo transferred to Pomona from a nearby community college. Mo previously served in the United States Marine Corps and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to the Al Anbar Province in Western Iraq. Since leaving the Corps, Mo has advocated for veterans’ healthcare and education access. At Pomona, Mo is the founder and head of the Veteran Mentorship Program, which raises awareness of and support for military veterans on campus. When not giving tours, you'll see Mo around Claremont, driving his kiddos to their various activities, browsing at the Claremont Farmer's Market or lounging about with other students discussing politics and policy in Carnegie.  

Jeff Friedman ’19
Jeff Friedman '19

Clayton High School, St. Louis, MO

Major/Minor: Media Studies with a creative writing concentration, Theatre (minor)

Jeff is a Dear-Evan-Hansen-obsessed improv nerd who loves acting in student and Theatre Department shows. His favorite movie, Good Will Hunting, played an embarrassingly large role in his decision to major in media studies on the film/video production track. He’s also completing the English Department’s creative writing emphasis in fiction. Jeff likes to play intramural basketball but is constantly reminded that it likes to play him, too.

Justine Gluck
Justine Gluck '19

Conestoga High School, Paoli, PA         

Majors: Politics & History        

Justine recently returned from a semester abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and a summer internship with Congressman Dwight Evans in Washington, DC through PCIP. When not writing essays, Justine enjoys volunteering through the Draper Center, buying the world’s best hummus from the Claremont Farmer’s Market or exploring Southern California. You can catch her walking around campus—a little too fast for all of her West Coast friends.        

Alejandro Guerrero ‘19
Alejandro Guerrero Vargas ‘19

Harding University High School, Charlotte, NC

Major: Anthropology with a pre-health track

Born in Hidalgo, Mexico, but raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Alejandro is a first-generation, DACA-mented senior. He spends a fair amount of his time serving as a Resident Advisor, supporting students as a Pre-Health Liaison, and acting as student body president. You can find Alejandro longboarding to class or attempting to take his cat, Luna, on walks across Marston Quad. Happiness to Alejandro is exploring Southern California, seeing what next food adventure awaits.

Henry Jacobs
Henry Jacobs ‘20

Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn, NY

Major: Computer Science

When Henry is not studying, he is involved with the On The Loose outdoors club and works for The Student Life (TSL) newspaper. Henry loves hiking, camping and listening to music, so feel free to ask him for music suggestions or about that time he thought he was going to be eaten by a coyote.

Bella Kearney ‘21
Bella Kearney ‘21

Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco, CA

Major: (possibly) Public Policy Analysis (PPA)

A proud Sagehen who runs for both the women's cross country and track teams, Bella also works at the McAlister Center for Religious Activities. The sunny outside tables of the SCC (Smith Campus Center) are often her favorite place to settle down with readings for classes or a fiction recommendation from my nana.

Kyle Lee
Kyle Lee ‘20

Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY

Majors: Psychology & Theatre

When not practicing his backwards walk, Kyle can be found perfecting his Mandarin at one of Oldenborg’s language tables over lunch, trying to find out which dining hall has chicken tenders, or dancing in the 5C group Groove Nation. He also enjoys acting, singing and exploring Southern California with friends.

Derry Li
Derry Li '21

St. Michaels University School, Victoria, BC, Canada

Major: Undecided

Born and raised in northeastern China, Derry now lives in Vancouver, Canada. His spirit animal is a sloth. When not napping, you can find him cruising between the darkroom and Seaver North, where he attempts to make some magic out of chemicals. He has changed his majors four times and is still very unsure about what he wants to do. But that’s ok, “such is the liberal arts,” he tells himself. 

 

Michelle Li ‘20
Michelle Li ‘20

Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA       

Majors: Math & Economics      

Michelle regularly performs in dance concerts, plays the piano and works as a mentor in the Math department. She loves Philz coffee and wearing flip flops, and, outside of class and the dance studio, you can find her stashing away Hagoromo chalk in Millikan (likely), sleeping in front of the Living Room fireplace (more likely), or eating curly fries at the Hub (most likely).

Joseph Lopez '20
Joseph Lopez '20

Keystone School, San Antonio, TX

Major/Minor: Neuroscience, Chemistry (minor)

Joseph was a Summer Intern, so he has racked up a LOT of tours. Off campus, his favorite place is the Santa Monica Pier. On campus, he enjoys being part of the Theatre crew and the Pomona Events Committee. His fun fact: he once ate a two-pound burrito. 

Kamil Lungu
Kamil Lungu ‘20

Lane Technical College Preparatory High School, Chicago, IL

Major: International Relations

Kamil is involved with numerous political and activist organizations on campus. In his spare time he enjoys attempting latté art, hiking Mt. Baldy and browsing through LPs at our local record shop, Rhino Records.

Rafa Martinez-Avial ‘21
Rafa Martinez-Avial ‘21

Liceo Europeo, Alcobendas, Spain

Majors: Math & Physics

Rafa really (really) likes math and physics. Outside of giving tours, Rafa is a sponsor; he does research in the physics department; and he's a liaison for the math department. He is very excited to continue as a tour guide this semester and strives to give informational, welcoming and helpful tours of the College!

Gillian Meyer
Gillian Meyer ‘20

The Hockaday School, Dallas, TX

Majors: Economics & Public Policy Analysis (PPA) with an economics concentration

When not giving tours, Gillian can be found eating Trader Joe’s snacks, watching The West Wing and playing with her dog, Maple. Gillian hopes to one day overcome her fear of heights and climb the leaning tree in Marston Quad, but for now she is content with sitting on the beautiful and well-manicured lawn while people approach her and ask to pet her amazing dog.

Liceo Europeo, Alcobendas, Spain Majors: Math & Physics Rafa is a cool Spaniard who would not mind telling you about something awesome he just found out about physics or math. He also likes to learn languages, finds linguistics to be pretty cool, and dabb
Lukas Ming Menkhoff ‘21

United World College of South East Asia, Singapore

Majors: Computer Science & Economics

German and Singaporean, Lukas served in the Singapore Military for two years prior to enrolling at Pomona College, where he is pursuing his interests in computer science, economics and Chinese. Lukas is a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Swim Team (a top-10 nationally ranked Division III Swim program) and won the national championship in the 100-yard breaststroke as a freshman.     

Cecil Leading Campus Tour Group
Schuyler "Skye" Mitchell ‘20

Chatham Hall, Chatham, VA  (home is Raleigh, NC)

Majors: Media Studies & English

There are so many interesting things to study at Pomona that Skye has had a tough time declaring a major (so she picked two). In her free time, Skye enjoys writing for The Student Life newspaper, playing on the 5C club field hockey team, struggling to learn upright bass and DJing for the campus radio station, KSPC.

Tulika Mohan
Tulika Mohan ‘20

Sanskriti School, New Delhi, India

Majors: Politics & Economics

When Tulika is not giving tours, she enjoys listening to Bollywood music, watching trashy television shows, and playing with other peoples' dogs. She is also a mentor with ISMP (International Student Mentorship Program)

Lizeth Ortega-Luna '21
Lizeth Ortega-Luna '21

Las Vegas Academy of International Studies and Performing Arts, Las Vegas, NV

Major: Public Policy Analysis (PPA) with a concentration in Sociology

Lizeth’s favorite classes at Pomona have been Public Policy Analysis with Professor Quinley and Poverty, Literature and Social Justice in the Spanish Empire with Professor Cartagena. When not in class or at the Admissions Office you can find her trying out new styles of hand lettering, admiring the picturesque landscapes of The Claremont Colleges or Facetiming her two younger siblings (and dog!) back home.

Derek Pickell
Derek Pickell ‘20

Corona del Mar High School, Corona del Mar, CA

Major: Physics

Derek Pickell is a man of many passions. While he is majoring in physics, he also dabbles in art and music for good measure. On weekends you can find him either in the sky, the water or the mountains, and he may extend his tour into any of those places, so be prepared!

Tour Guide Cecil
Jay Pier ’21

Proctor Academy, Andover, NH (home is Freeport, ME)

Major: Undecided

Jay is a first-year student who is very much undecided in terms of a major, exploring the spectrum of everything from Romance Languages and Literatures to Science, Technology, and Society. Being from New England, he is often soaking up the California sun on Marston Quad, or else adventuring with friends somewhere in Southern California. He also sings, dances, lifeguards (sometimes all three simultaneously), acts, and searches for the best frozen yogurt in all of Los Angeles.

Gabriel Piscitello ‘20
Gabriel Piscitello ‘20

Pacific Ridge School, Carlsbad, CA (home is Encinitas, CA)

Major/Minor: Economics, History (minor)

Originally from Denver, Gabe spent most of his life in Southern California. When he’s not talking about Pomona, he enjoys sharing facts about his hometown (the yoga capital of the Western Hemisphere!) and his love for golden retrievers. Gabe joined the Pomona community as a sophomore transfer student from a large public university. A member of the Pomona Consulting Group and Pomona Ventures, Gabe also enjoys hiking, photography, skiing, and discovering new coffee shops.

Allie Pitchon
Alexandra Pitchon ‘20

Asociación Escuelas Lincoln, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Major: International Relations

Allie is a member of the Pomona College Model United Nations team, a student representative on the Pomona College Curriculum Committee and a participant in the 4/7 Leadership Certificate Program. In her free time, she enjoys getting sushi with her friends in the Claremont Village and watching late night political satire to excess.

Annie Price
Anne Price ‘20

Naperville North High School, Naperville, IL

Majors: Public Policy Analysis (PPA) with a biology concentration & Neuroscience

Annie likes to re-LAX with the lacrosse team (get it?) and play with fruit flies in biology class. She occasionally hands out In-n-Out burgers at Sagehen sporting events. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, making bad memes and playing Bananagrams.

Diana Rodriguez '19
Diana Rodriguez '19

Noble Street Charter High School, Chicago, IL

Major/Minor: Politics, Philosophy, Economics (PPE) (major), Chicanx/Latinx Studies (minor)

Diana’s favorite spot on campus is the Coop Fountain, but off campus you’ll find her at 21 Choices. Her favorite class has been Immigration, Public Opinion, and Media. Diana is very busy as a Star 47 Manager, Coop Fountain Manager, Latinx Alliance Co-President and Quest Committee Member. She is unembarrassed to admit her love of Pikachu and the fact that she has at least eight Pikachu items in her room. 

Elizabeth Rose '19
Elizabeth "Libby" Rose ‘19

Villa Park High School, Villa Park, CA

Majors: Neuroscience & Dance

Elizabeth is heavily involved in the dance community at Pomona as a part of the 5C dance group Groove Nation and as a regular performer in Fall and Spring Dance Concerts. When she is not in lab, Elizabeth spends her time baking for Challah for Hunger, guiding tour groups and petting dogs in Claremont with her kind and loving friends!

Leah Rosenzweig
Leah Rosenzweig '19

Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, NY

Major: English

An East Coaster-turned-West Coaster, Leah can be found living her best liberal arts life on this beautiful campus which she feels lucky to call her home. She loves exploring outside her major (she is currently taking classes in politics, religious studies, and Spanish), being part of the dance department, doing homework over coffee in the Village and, of course, giving tours.

Haribi Selgado
Harini Salgado '19

Montgomery Blair High School, Rockville, MD

Major: Computer Science

Harini is a CS major who is also kind of ruining her life by trying to complete all the pre-med requirements. When she's not in class or giving a tour, she is helping to plan Claremont Splash or TAing for CS52 (Fundamentals of CS). Whenever she has free time, Harini loves hanging out with her friends and watching way too much TV. 

Nat Serrurier ‘21
Nat Serrurier ‘21

Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, OR

Majors: Biology & Spanish

Although he is not quite sure of anything, Nat thinks he would like to major in Spanish or Biology and is currently on a pre-health track. Outside the classroom, Nat plays on the tennis team and works at the Pomona College Museum of Art. He enjoys hanging out with friends and exploring the different Claremont campuses and is an avid fan of almond butter.        

Alexa Stanton ‘20
Alexa Stanton ‘20

San Francisco University High School (home is Portsmouth, NH)

Major: Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)

A San Francisco native, Alexa now lives in New Hampshire, where she spends her time cooking and complaining about the below-60-degrees weather. She serves as a Philosophy Liaison, a microeconomics mentor, and a member of the Judicial Board. Outside of class, you can find her debating political philosophies or, better yet, The Bachelor fan theories.

Sarah Sundermeyer ‘21
Sarah Sundermeyer ‘21

Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA  

Major: Psychology

Sarah loves exploring new hobbies and interests. Around campus, she can be found taking photos for The Student Life (TSL) newspaper, singing in choir, practicing aerial silks, planning protests with fellow students, or doing handstands in Circus Club. She has a compulsory need to pet every dog she passes, and is likely to slide into the splits at a moment's notice.

Ana Stevens
Ana Stevens ‘20

Yorktown High School, Arlington, VA

Major: Biology

Ana dances for and competes with The Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company. As event coordinator for Challah for Hunger, she enthusiastically sells challah on Fridays. Besides dancing and bread, she enjoys photography, hot chocolate and sitting in the sun.

Jenny Thompson '19
Jenny Thompson '19

Gaston Day School, Gastonia, NC

Major: Biology

Entering her last year, Jenny is particularly excited about writing her thesis on bugs, taking beginner guitar lessons (for free!), working to provide outdoor education access to local high school students, and of course taking in every last moment as her golden years here come to a close. Her favorite things about Pomona are the people (including those at all 5Cs), the sunshine, and the way the sky looks right before sunset when the sky turns light blue and the mountains glow. 

Nick Timms ‘21
Nick Timms ‘21

Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, Chicago, IL       

Major: International Relations or Public Policy Analysis (PPA)

Without a doubt, some of Nick’s favorite pastimes include gazing at the mountains for an hour straight or walking around campus playing music from the side of his book bag. You’ll usually find him in shorts, flip flops and a t-shirt on any given occasion (except on tours). He’s a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Track & Field Team and Building Leaders on Campus (BLOC), and intends to join an a cappella group next year and to become a sponsor. If you see him staring into the sky, don’t be alarmed: he’s either looking at the planes he admires or is in deep contemplation of something... or nothing. Who knows?

Brandon Tran
Brandon Tran '21

Adrian C. Wilcox High School, Santa Clara, CA

Major: Math

Coffee is Brandon's best friend through thick and thin: It aids in his battles against theoretical math problems, supplements his time with friends, and calms him during even the most stressful times. Coffee also helps him plan FoRCES meetings, a club committed to bringing representation to minorities in STEM, as well as integrating these issues with the humanities to bring about accurate, relevant change. You won't get lost on his tours; just follow the trailing scent of coffee.

Daziah Turner ‘21
Daziah Turner ‘21

North College Hill High School, Cincinnati, OH

Major/Minor: Computer Science, Spanish (minor)

A prospective computer science major, Daziah possesses a love for the Spanish language and culture. She takes free cello lessons on campus, works as a member of the Campus Center for Audio/Visual Event Services, and tutors high school students in math and Spanish.  When not working, she enjoys socializing and making new friends around The Claremont Colleges.

Emma Vorenberg
Emma Vorenberg ‘20

Barrington High School, Barrington, RI

Major: Linguistics

A lover of languages, Emma lives in Oldenborg Hall (a foreign language center) and works as an Arabic tutor as well as a research assistant in the French department. She is currently interning at a nonprofit organization in Pasadena through the Pomona College Internship Program. When not giving tours, she enjoys going to the gym, playing guitar and power napping.

Bryce Wachtell ‘21
Bryce Wachtell ‘21

Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT (home is Boise, ID)      

Major: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

Bryce is a newly declared PPE major. He currently writes for The Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy and is a leader for On the Loose, the outdoors club of the Claremont Colleges, and an Orientation Adventure group leader. He can be found hanging around Skyspace or napping on Marston Quad most days, and he never misses brunch at Frank Dining Hall.

Sabrina Wong ‘20
Sabrina Wong ‘20

Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT (home is Weston, MA)

Major: Undeclared

When not tour guiding or interning in the admissions office, Sabrina can be found hanging out with friends or working in the Psychology department library. On the weekends, she often hops the train to L.A. and explores new restaurants. She also takes a mean sunset photo (see Pomona Admissions' Instagram for evidence).

Laura Zhang ‘19
Laura Zhang ‘19

Conestoga High School, Berwyn, PA

Major: Cognitive Science

Laura is currently considering majoring in neuroscience or cognitive science (or both!) and pre-health, but she could also be swayed towards public policy analysis and psychology. Laura has run for the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Cross Country team; become an On the Loose leader, tour guide, and sponsor; and explored tons of great hikes around Southern California. She has a newfound obsession with corgis and has met amazing people who support her obsession—just another sign that Pomona was the place where she was meant to be.

Yuxin "Hans" Zhou ‘20
Yuxin "Hans" Zhou ‘20

St. Mark’s School, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Majors: Environmental Analysis & Classics

Hans loves his academic experiences at Pomona, as both EA and Classics allow him to explore many disciplines. Outside of classed, he serves as an ISMP (International Student Mentor Program) mentor, an ASPC senator, and a member of Pomona Student Union. He is often found perfecting hs ballroom dancing techniques or exploring museums and food in L.A.