Meet Our Senior Fellows

Meet Our Senior Fellows

With many years of Oxy experiences under their belts, our senior fellows are a great resource for you.

Senior fellows are current Oxy seniors who work in the Office of Admission conducting interviews and giving information sessions. Our senior fellows may be among the friendly faces you'll meet on campus.

Whether you are visiting campus or have questions from afar, these students are excited to connect with you!

Abbie Bowers '18

Major: Kinesiology
Hometown: St. George, UT
High School: Woods Cross High School

Originally from Woods Cross, Utah, Abbie moved to St. George two weeks before moving to L.A. Before becoming a Tiger, Abbie always had a vast appreciation of the sciences, specifically in understanding how humans work, ultimately leading her to become a kinesiology major. Abbie performs community health and fitness research with Dr. Marcella Raney. She loves interacting with the Eagle Rock community and observing children’s play patterns at two local elementary schools. Abbie’s other greatest love is video games; she is the co-founder of Occidental College’s E-Sports Community (OCEC). Through Oxy’s Undergraduate Research Center, she researched how video game training programs affect motor learning skills such as hand-eye coordination and reaction speed. Abbie also spent a semester abroad in Rome, Italy, so don’t be surprised if you find her waiting in the pasta line or reminiscing about the best gelato she’s ever had. After graduation, Abbie plans to attend Physician’s Assistant (PA) school and to begin her medical career.

Alex Morse '18

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
High School: Boulder Creek High School

As a psychology major, Alex works as a lab assistant with her advisor, Andrea Hopmeyer, researching loneliness in adolescence. She is also involved with Psychology Practicum at Oxy, a course in which she goes off campus to volunteer at the AIDS Project Los Angeles as an intake interviewer for those seeking emotional support following a diagnosis of AIDS. Alex’s work in sexual health continues on campus as well. She is the co-founder and current president of Planned Parenthood Club at Oxy and was an intern with Planned Parenthood of Pasadena through Oxy's InternLA program. In her time at Oxy, Alex has become heavily involved with the queer community on campus, serving as president of the Queer Student Alliance her sophomore year and living in Queer House, Oxy's only queer-centered residence hall, her junior year. Alex is also an active member of Zeta Tau Zeta, a local gender neutral Greek organization specific to Oxy. When she's not thinking about or working on issues of sexuality and identity (which admittedly is most of the time), Alex also sings alto in the Glee Club. She has enjoyed the past two years working in the Office of Admission as the communications coordinator intern answering questions sent to, but is looking forward to meeting prospective students and answering questions in person!

Jessie Baek '18

Major: English
Minor: Education and East Asian Studies double minor
Hometown: Fullerton, CA
High School: Cerritos High School

Jessie is an English major, Education and East Asian Studies double minor from Fullerton, California. An avid reader, Jessie is an active member of the English Student Committee, where she plans networking events for prospective majors and faculty. Since her first year, Jessie has worked as a Peer Research Advisor at the Center for Digital Liberal Arts and is now the Peer Learning Manager of the program. Jessie is also a resident advisor (RA) for Stearns Hall and recently served as an RA for the Multicultural Summer Institute (MSI). She is a member of Delta Omicron Tau and regularly volunteers in Chinatown through Oxy’s Asian American Tutorial Project and at Eagle Rock High School as a community volunteer. After graduating from Oxy, Jessie plans to get her master's degree in education and teaching credential for California. In her free time, Jessie likes to listen to podcasts, re-watch Gilmore Girls, and explore new dessert spots in L.A.!

Julia Moreland '18

Major: Psychology
Minor: Education
Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR
High School: Lake Oswego High School

Julia is a Psychology major, Education minor from a suburb of Portland, Oregon. Within her major, she is a research assistant for Professor Shtulman's Thinking Lab, where she researches children's cognitive reflection abilities. Julia also worked with children while studying abroad in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, teaching English to elementary school classrooms. Additionally, her passion for organizational psychology inspired her to become president of Phi Beta Lambda, a pre-professional business organization helping students understand the value of a liberal arts degree in the workplace. During her time at Oxy, Julia was a member of the executive board of Kappa Alpha Theta, a resident advisor (RA) for themed-living communities, a consultant for the Occidental Consulting Group and a dedicated member of Dance Production. Julia has been working in the Office of Admission since her first year at Oxy and now considers Collins House her second home. In her free time, she loves exploring hiking trails in L.A. and going to farmer's markets.

Miki Konishi '18

Major: Critical Theory and Social Justice 
Minor: Japanese Studies 
Hometown: Reston, VA
High School: South Lakes High School

Miki grew up in Reston, Virginia, a suburb in the the greater Washington D.C. area. He discovered his passion for social justice after attending Oxy's Multicultural Summer Institute (MSI), a bridge program exposing incoming first-years to social justice issues. In his first year, Miki, along with two friends, started MULTI, a club for multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural-identified students, which has been his most rewarding endeavor during his time at Oxy. Miki has a deep-seated love for the Office of Admission and is entering his third year of employment there. In his free time, he likes to watch anime and political satire, cook any type of cuisine, and dance.

Sydney Hemmendinger '18

Major: History
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
High School: French International School

Sydney was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and has loved coming out West for college. She is a History major, but has taken advantage of Oxy’s liberal arts framework to develop and pursue her other interests. She is an aspiring polyglot, speaking French and Italian fluently upon her arrival at Oxy, and she has picked up Spanish and Arabic during her time at the College. She spent the fall semester of her junior year abroad in Rabat, Morocco, doing her best to improve her Arabic and learn about North African culture. She has been involved in numerous clubs and organizations. Most notably, she was on the executive board of Oxy’s largest club Dance Production her sophomore year and has continued to be involved with the club since as a dancer. She is also a student manager for the Oxy Fund and has helped to raise over $25,000 for the College. Sydney hopes to travel as much as possible after graduation as well as immerse herself in another foreign culture that she has yet to experience.

Tatiana Ramos-Gallardo '18

Major: Diplomacy & World Affairs and Group Languages (double major)
Hometown: Ashland, OR
High school: Ashland High School
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Tatiana Ramos-Gallardo is proud to call both Leon Guanajuato, Mexico and Ashland, Oregon home. Learning a second language and growing up in two different cultures sparked her interest in international affairs and foreign languages, naturally driving her towards a double major in Diplomacy & World Affairs and Group Languages. Tati recently studied and interned abroad in Paris, France working towards fluency in her third language. She has also helped create a new club, Comparte, a partnership between students at Occidental College and members of IDEPSCA that is dedicated to working with day laborers in Glassell Park and helping them with English language acquisition. Additionally, Tati is part of las Hermanx Aliadas, Beauty Beyond Color, la Raza Coalition, Orientation team, and Delta Omicron Tau sorority. On campus, she has worked in the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Student Life, the Green Bean (a student-run coffee shop on campus), the Childhood Development Center, the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute, and the Office of Admission on campus. Tati loves cooking, exploring, reading, watching Netflix, and meeting new people.


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