Throughout the summer, you’ll find them presenting at info sessions, greeting visitors at the Office of Admission, conducting on-campus interviews and hanging out at admission events. Our senior fellows may be among the friendly faces you'll meet at Collins House.
Whether you make it to campus or have questions from afar, these students are excited to connect with you!
Alban Zohn ‘17
Hometown: Rochester, NY
High School: Brighton High School
Originally hailing from Rochester, New York, Alban transferred to Oxy from Hartwick College. A Psychology Major and Philosophy Minor, Alban is involved in psychology research on campus where he works with Dr. Anne Schell as the head assistant researcher for her current study being run on campus. He has played soccer all his life and has continued his soccer career at Oxy, proudly representing the NCAA Division III Tigers. Additionally, he is a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which gives student athletes a voice on campus, promotes opportunity, and fosters a positive student-athlete image. Outside of being a Senior Fellow, he is also on the Games Management staff, where he helps out with a variety of tasks such as organizing, scoring, and filming athletic events on campus. In his free time, Alban can be found suffering deep emotional pain as he watches his beloved Arsenal FC disappoint him on a regular basis, in the gym working out, or watching what is doubtless the greatest show in television history: Gossip Girl. He also takes advantage of everything Los Angeles has to offer by spending time at the beach, hiking, exploring downtown LA, and going to the many museums LA has to offer.
Andrew Huerta ‘17
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
High School: Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies
A native “Valley Boy” of Los Angeles, Andrew is proud to represent the City of Angeles at Occidental. A self-proclaimed urbanite, his intellectual passions focus on urban economics and policy, particularly in public infrastructure and education. You will often find him watching planes take off and land at the LAX In-N-Out Burger or studying at Grand Park in front of LA City Hall. On campus Andrew is a bass in the Occidental College Glee Club, which allowed him to travel to Spain and Portugal as a first year, as well as a member of the Queer Student Alliance. This past summer Andrew studied in Vienna, Austria as part of a course abroad offered in the Music Department. As a first generation college student, Andrew loves interacting with high school students and introducing them to the opportunities of college, while also trying to convince people that math is awesome! Though he was born and raised in Los Angeles, Andrew has never driven a car and loves introducing his friends and first year students to the Metro.
Denzel Tongue ‘17
Minor: Public Health
Hometown: Oakland, CA
High School: Oakland Technical High School
Denzel is a Sociology major and public health minor, and first generation college student. As evidenced by the numerous pieces of Oaklandish brand paraphernalia in his possession, he's definitely very proud of where he comes from. Denzel decided on his major after taking his CSP (Cultural Studies Program) class with a sociology professor. He has stuck with sociology because of the awesome faculty who show true dedication to the personal and professional development of their students. He first fell in love with Oxy when he visited the campus during the spring MVP (multicultural visit program) of his junior year in high school. From that point on he was hooked on attending the “small school in the big city”. He currently plays on the men’s lacrosse team and is also an active and proud member of Oxy’s Black Student Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting solidarity among members of the African Diaspora on campus. In the past, he worked as the diversity intern and had a great time planning our Multicultural Visit Program. He also served as an ASOC senator in Oxy´s student government, and helped amend the ASOC constitution. Denzel has just returned from a semester abroad in Barcelona, Spain. His hobbies include overly heated matches of FIFA with friends, eating at local restaurants (often), exploring DTLA, and weekend camping trips. When he’s not in class you can find him working in the Johnson Student Center, procrastinating on the quad, or playing a casual game of soccer on the football field. In the future Denzel plans to pursue a career in public policy and affect change at the national level in order to promote social justice and support marginalized communities.
Dayja Tillman ‘17
Hometown: Detroit, MI
High School: Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School (Nashville, TN)
After spending the majority of her life in between the Midwest and South, Dayja finally moved to the place she always wanted to call home--California. Spending time in Oakland as a child ignited her love for the Golden State, but, Oxy’s Multicultural Visit Program showed her a side of California that she’d never seen before. This ultimately lead to her decision to attend Oxy for the next four years. Dayja’s favorite part about going to Oxy is the community. In the past three years, it is this communal feeling that has lead to her involvement in various extracurricular activities on campus. She is the president of the Epsilon Gamma chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., works as a supervisor in the student-run Green Bean Coffee Lounge, is a part of the Black Student Alliance and First Generation students club, was a residential advisor for the Multicultural Summer Institute and is a summer research Gerkin fellow. Last semester, Dayja spent a semester studying abroad in the Dominican Republic. Passionate about politics and coffee, you can find Dayja in the quad chatting up other students, or hanging around the Green Bean with a large iced coffee…probably talking about politics.
Major: Critical Theory and Social Justice & Japanese Studies – Double Major
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
High School: Albuquerque Academy
Although born in Alabama, Haarika names her hometown as Albuquerque, New Mexico with great pride. Caught between a passion for social justice and an interest in learning one of the world’s most difficult languages, Haarika is a Critical Theory and Social Justice and Japanese Studies double major. Outside of her academic pursuits, Haarika is passionate about working with students around issues of diversity. She has worked as a peer-facilitator for the Intergroup Dialogue program and had the opportunity to teach the Psychology 110 “People of Color” course. In addition, she has dedicated herself to supporting students as a Resident Advisor (RA) in Pauley, the Multicultural Hall, for the past three years. Lastly, she spent a summer as an intern for The Safe Center LA, the nation’s first intercollegiate violence response and advocacy center for sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. In her free time, Haarika likes to read, hike, and listen to podcasts.
Jenny Dally '17
Major: Art History
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
High School: Gunn High School
Jenny Dally is a rising senior from Palo Alto, CA. She is an Art History major as well as a History minor and recently returned from a semester abroad in Vienna, Austria. In addition to her coursework, she has been a member of the Occidental College Glee Club since her freshman year and of the Delta Omicron Tau sorority since her sophomore year. In her time at Oxy, she has had the opportunity to work with the Center for Community Based Learning, the Center for Academic Excellence, the Center for Digital Liberal Arts (in the Visual Resources Center), Oxy Arts, and now the Office of Admissions as a Senior Fellow. Her experience this summer at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has affirmed her interest in a career in the museum and gallery field, which she hopes to pursue after graduation.