Claremont McKenna College
BackgroundInterview Date:January 2019
Gender Identity: Male
Sexual Orientation: Gay
Graduation Year: 2019
High School Experience: Public magnet school in Los Angeles, CA with a graduating class of about 265 people. There was a culture of going to college, but a lot of people also went to the local community college.
First Generation College Student: No
Sequence: Public Policy Sequence
Extracurricular Activities: I’m part of the Sexuality and Gender Alliance; College Knowledge, which is an outreach club that works with a local high school; and I have three jobs on campus.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
College Knowledge has been the most impactful organization I’ve been a part of on campus. It takes up a lot of time to coordinate everyone and it’s also nice to get away from the Claremont Bubble. Claremont’s a pretty affluent town and the people who go to the Claremont Colleges are, for the most part, really affluent. It’s nice to get off campus to work in the local community, especially because the 5C’s can be a little insulated. I love doing it and I love working with the students. [The median household income in Claremont, CA is about $94,000 and there is a 9.5% poverty rate. The median family income at Claremont McKenna is $201,300 and 20% of students come from the socioeconomic 1%.]