Joey Grotts – Los Angeles, CA
My process of choosing a college took until May 1st: the due date of my statement of intent to register. Growing up in Los Angeles, I was surrounded by the big university culture, almost to the point at which the Claremont Colleges were blocked out of my sight. Once it came to senior year of high school, I realized I should expand my horizon. As I looked at several different schools, the difference being size, core values, and location, I still did not have an idea of where I wanted to spend my next four years. I slowly narrowed my choices down by location: I wanted to stay in Los Angeles County (Pitzer is a block away from the San Bernardino County line). When it came to the crunch time of choosing, I had a large public university and a small private college on my list. Pitzer was that small college. The only part left to do was to visit and hope that from imagining myself as a student there, I would be able to make a decision. The Admitted Students Day at Pitzer provided the forum for me to explore the Pitzer community. Even from the fifty minute drive over to Pitzer, I could sense something special. Whether it be from the welcoming community, the beautiful mounds, the core values, or the tasty dining hall, I really felt like a belonged. Senior year was a stressful time with applications and decisions, but Pitzer College felt like a breath of fresh air and a great place to start the next four years. As a sophomore that has already had numerous wonderful experiences because of this great school, I can say now that I am so proud and happy to be a part of the Pitzer community.