Meet Our Senior Fellows
With multiple years of Oxy experiences under their belts, our senior fellows are a great resource for you.
Throughout the year, 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!
Kyle Beasley ’15 - Senior Fellow
Major: Urban and Environmental Policy
Hometown: Riverside, CA
High School: California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS)
Born and raised in Southern California, with a short stay in Indianapolis, Kyle has always known that Oxy was the college for him. Outside of his studies in the Urban and Environmental Policy department, Kyle has been involved with numerous clubs and organizations including ASOC Senate, the student government organization at Oxy, and the Black Student Alliance. Additionally, Kyle has partaken in the UEP Summer Affordable Housing Internship where he interned with the Southern California Association Non-Profit Housing. He also spent the Spring 2014 semester studying Language and Culture in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On campus, you can usually find Kyle hanging out in the Academic Quad and chatting with friends.
Kate Coursey ’15 - Senior Fellow
Major: English and Biochemistry
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
High School: West High School
Kate Coursey is an English and Biochemistry double major from Salt Lake City, Utah. She transferred to Oxy from a large public university and hasn't looked back since. In addition to working for the Office of Admission, she is a copy editor at The Occidental Weekly, a FEAST Arts and Literary Magazine staff member, and a volunteer at Huntington Memorial Hospital. She studied abroad twice in India, and speaks a fair amount of Hindi. In her spare time, Kate enjoys writing children's books and exploring Southern California's beautiful hiking trails.
Nina Greenebaum ’15 - Senior Fellow
Major: Diplomacy and World Affairs and Spanish
Hometown: Portland, OR
High School: Catlin Gabel School
Nina Greenebaum attended the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon from preschool through senior year of high school. Upon high school graduation, she was unsure if any other school would ever feel like home. Now, as a senior at Occidental College, she truly feels like Oxy is her second home. Nina, a Diplomacy & World Affairs and Spanish double major, has a passion for learning languages which has guided many of her travel experiences. Most recently, Nina traveled to Panama with Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers, the company she interned for during the summer before her senior year to attend a coffee on the global coffee trade. In addition to being a senior fellow at the Office of Admission, Nina is also a senior writer for the student-run campus newspaper, the Occidental Weekly. When not in class, at the Office of Admission or writing for the Weekly, Nina loves to run, spend time with family and friends, read food magazines, spend time outdoors and cook.
Emily Johnson ’15 - Senior Fellow
Minor: Critical Theory & Social Justice and Sociology
Hometown: Menlo Park, CA
High School: Menlo-Atherton High School
Born in D.C. but now considering Menlo Park, CA home, Emily only travelled a measly 360 miles to attend Occidental College. Now approaching graduation, Emily could not be happier for settling down for four years in Los Angeles (despite the NorCal/SoCal battle that constantly takes place underneath the surface). After two years of exploring many different disciplines, Emily finally declared as a Psychology major with two minors in Sociology and Critical Theory and Social Justice due to her inability to make a decision. It happened to be the best decision, however, since each discipline shaped and molded her education in ways she never expected. If you can't find the over-caffeinated Emily in the Green Bean and writing papers and reading, she is probably off at one of her extracurricular involvements. Before becoming a Senior Fellow for the Office of Admission, Emily was a Tour Guide and Tour Guide Captain for two years. Furthermore, despite not having any dance experience, Emily joined Dance Production her sophomore year (due to her roommate dragging her to the auditions) and has loved it ever since. Lastly, she has been involved with Peer Health Education since her sophomore year, working with schools throughout LA teaching free sexual education for ninth graders, and has recently become a tutor at the Center for Academic Excellence. Emily loves yoga, tea, darkroom photography, and any sort of fluffy animal.
Tess Langan ’15 - Senior Fellow
Hometown: Verona, NJ
High School: Verona High School
Tess applied to Oxy from her gap year program in Senegal, Africa. It was the only college application she actually enjoyed completing and she had such a good gut feeling about this place that she committed without even visiting the school. She has never looked back. During her time at Oxy, Tess has enjoyed pursuing an eclectic array of interests. She has hiked the Hollywood sign with the Hiking Club, (sneaking a peek into Madonna's backyard), hosted a comfort-food-marshmallow-yam-included Veg club dinner for twenty people, and attended a three day Pro-Choice conference on women's health in Long Beach. She has contributed field notes on the college hook-up culture for a professors' research project, shadowed Emmy-winning journalist Pat Morrison at KPCC radio station and studied abroad at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. In her free time Tess enjoys playing the four songs she knows on guitar and taking mini-pilgrimages to the Eagle Rock-famous Scoops ice cream parlor.
Columbia Shafer ’15 - Senior Fellow
Major: Cognitive Science
Hometown: Forestville, CA
High School: Sonoma Academy
Columbia is from a tiny town in Northern California and wanted to move to a big city for college. She first looked at Occidental College because it had the small town community feel she grew up loving, while being immersed in the excitement of LA. This semester Columbia is working as an assistant stage manager for the theater department, a position she has enjoyed over the last four years in various different theater productions. Columbia also is president of the Murder Mystery Book Club, a club she founded her junior year with her other mystery novel loving friends. A new involvement for Columbia this semester is Mortar Board National Honor society where she serves as fundraising chair. This most recent summer Columbia returned to campus after a semester abroad in New Zealand to work as a Summer Research Assistant in the Thinking Lab. She explored the effects of language and perception on scientific intuitions and is now involved in her own research for her senior comprehensive project on creativity. Columbia enjoys cooking, reading over a latte in the Green Bean, and getting really, really into making Halloween costumes.
Keane Tarrosa ’15 - Senior Fellow
Minor: Education and Sociology
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
High School: Huntington Beach High School
After having only a couple extracurricular activities in high school, Keane came to Oxy determined to get involved. He is now an active member in Oxy's micro-finance club, the Impact Fund, as well as the Vice President of one of Oxy's three fraternities, Phi Kappa Psi. In addition to these positions, he is also one of the reigning intramural Wiffleball champions and has played in every intramural sport Oxy offers. Keane has worked for nearly every department on campus, including the Office of Student Life, Career Services, Campus Dining, Campus Safety, Admission, and the Keck Theater. His favorite thing about Oxy is the sense of community and passion of the student body (with a close second being the shrimp tacos on Wednesday). If you ever need to find him, you can usually catch him playing pickup basketball with students and faculty or out at some of his favorite local Eagle Rock/Highland Park eateries.
Griffin Taylor ’15 - Senior Fellow
Hometown: White Plains, NY
High School: White Plains High School
Originally from New York, Griffin has found a home away from home at Oxy. He has followed various different paths throughout college, singing in the Glee Club, taking an active role in Greek Life, and acting in theatre productions. He also worked as a member of the Orientation Team, in addition to his work as a tour guide with the Office of Admission. During his junior year, he spent a semester in Washington, D.C. interning for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and taking classes at the Washington Internship Institute. He is excited to welcome prospective students to campus and learn a little bit more about what makes Oxy applicants tick!