The CC Admission Fellow Team
Nia Abrams ’17
From: Montclair, New Jersey
is an easy lazy thing
but to love
but not all are
willing to practice
- rupi kaur
Major: Environmental Policy
Bio: After a dynamic locational childhood moving from Central Jersey to Atlanta, Georgia to Orange County, California, Nia and her family finally settled in Montclair, New Jersey just 11 miles away from New York City. Nia spent her first year of college at New York University, until she realized she craved something beyond the city limits. During her Sophomore year CC became her new home as she discovered her passion for environmental justice. She remains a staunch activist, and her social justice interests lie at the crux of intersectionality studies. One of her favorite classes at CC was a block abroad in Berlin in which she was able to study the interesting systems of oppression at large in post-Holocaust Germany. Outside of school you can find Nia dancing in public, making up spontaneous jingles, or listening to a podcast.
Activities: Student Association for Sexual Safety, Relations the Play, Dance Workshop, Ecofeminist, Resident Advisor, Literacy Educator, Beyonce Lover
Jacqui Adler ’17
From: Bend, Oregon
Favorite Quote: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
Bio: Many memories ago, Jacqui arrived at CC with dreams of majoring in Biology and becoming a surgeon, but quickly fell even more in love with the social sciences. After a year and a half of studying Political Science, Jacqui happily landed in the Sociology department where she enjoys studying everything that’s wrong with the world, and plotting how to fix it. She plans to follow her long-time passion for culinary arts following graduation. When Jacqui is not studying, mentoring students in the community, or babysitting her (four-year-old) best friend, she is cooking, baking, or watching dramatic television shows.
Activities: Middle school teacher aide, student mentor, theater, spoken word poetry, Taste of the World, Queer Community Coalition
Will Baird ’17
From: Denver, Colorado
Favorite Quote: “Don’t count the days. Make the days count.” - Muhammad Ali
Bio: Born and raised in Denver Colorado, Will was not ready to leave the Rocky Mountains. As an avid ski and mountain bike enthusiast, Will was able to utilize his love for the outdoors while at the same time taking full advantage of CC’s liberal arts opportunities. After taking 12 distinctly different courses at CC, Will is now happily pursuing a degree in Sociology with a minor in Spanish language. Will’s academic interests also include economics and finance and he hopes to find his niche in the economics of Higher Education. Additionally, Will studied abroad in Salamanca and Madrid and enjoys connecting with people from all parts of the world, whether he understands them or not. He is also a member of the New Student Orientation Leadership Program because “what could be better than meeting new people and camping with them for a week?” Will hopes to bring his open-minded and enthusiastic attitude into the admissions fellowship.
Activities: Colorado College Men’s Lacrosse, CC Show of Talents Committee, Intramurals, Sarcasm, NSO Leader, American Diabetes Association Ambassador, Lacrosse Coach, Chess Club
Joel Fisher-Katz ’17
Senior Admission Fellow
From: Northampton, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote: "That which builds is better than that which is built." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bio: Born and raised in Northampton Massachusetts, Joel left a community of passion and art after graduating from Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School. Joel moved to Colorado for the climbing but ended up staying for Colorado College after discovering a passion for philosophy during a year at Pikes Peak Community College. He is pursuing a philosophy major which allows him to combine diverse interest such as, education, poetry, music, performance, and identity. When not philosophizing, Joel plays Ultimate Frisbee for Colorado College Wasabi and takes part in numerous IM sports including being a 2015 Broom Ball champion. Joel plans on continuing his education after CC and eventually teaching at the college level. As a second year Admission Fellow and a transfer, Joel hopes to bring an energetic and motivated spirit to the job and to offer his experience of CC as a resource for prospective students.
Activities: Colorado College Open Frisbee, IM participant, SpeakEasy Performance Group, Rock Climbing, General Enjoyment of the South Platte
Liz Forster ’17
From: Wilton, Connecticut
Favorite Quote: "Our minds, uncultivated, go where they will, to the till or trough, but that trained and focused, they can be put to good, and even selfless purpose." -David Gessner
Major: Environmental Policy
Bio: Growing up, Liz had the best of both the East Coast and Colorado, spending as much time in Steamboat Springs, Colorado as possible while not in her hometown of Wilton, Connecticut. After searching primarily around the Southeast, she stumbled upon Colorado College and immediately fell in love with its vibrant community and breathtaking location. Throughout her time at CC, Liz has focused on her passion for journalism. She formerly served as a staff writer, the news editor, and the editor in chief of the college's newspaper, The Catalyst. Currently, she is working with two students to launch an environmental-themed magazine called The Popular to draw attention to environmental issues at CC and in Colorado Springs. She has also been lucky enough to take three blocks off-campus, and receive both a Keller Family Venture Grant to study in Iceland as well as a Ritt Kellogg Memorial Grant to hike the northern-most 160 miles of the Continental Divide Trail this October. Liz spends most of her free time hiking, skiing, going to concerts, cooking, and lounging in her backyard.
Activities: Vice President of Cutler Publications, founder and editor of soon-to-be environmental magazine The Poplar, staff writer at Seattle Backpackers Magazine, all things journalism, President's Council, skier, backpacker, professional hockey enthusiast
Paige Harari ’17
From: Madison, Wisconsin
Favorite Quote: “I know it may seem small and insignificant, but it’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become” –The Once-ler (Dr. Seuss)
Bio: A few years back, Paige realized she had spent the previous 18 years in Wisconsin and had yet to tip a cow. Taking this as a sign that it was time to venture out of her beloved childhood environment (endless miles of corn and flatness), she decided to go to CC and see a mountain. Indeed, she proceeded to encounter several mountains and has since refined her passions to include a love of hiking, sunflowers, making pizza and dogs. She is a classics major because who doesn't love talking about wildly improbable, fantastical tales, and is minoring in education because kids rock. Other notable activities Paige has involved herself in at CC are 1) being an RA and inserting Harry Potter themes into each resident's life whether or not they knew they loved HP yet and 2) running an event called Dance Workshop once a semester and 3) studying environmental and social justice in New Zealand and petting a lamb. Paige is happy to join the Admission team and get prospective students as excited about CC as she is.
Activities: Co-Chair of Dance Workshop, Residential Advisor, Colorado Springs Food Rescue Volunteer, Faculty Workshop Participant, Hiking enthusiast, Petting dogs enthusiast
DeAira Hermani ’17
From: Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote: "When you've worked hard and done well, and walked through that door of opportunity...you do not slam it shut behind you...you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed." - Michelle Obama
Major: Independently Designed Major: Performance and Identity (Anthropology, Theater, and Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies)
Bio: The windy city blew DeAira all the way to Colorado College where she originally thought she would be on a pre-med track. However, DeAira has now created her own major that combines Theater, Anthropology, and Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies. Outside of the classroom DeAira is heavily involved in theater through the department as well as with a group called Women In Comedy and takes part in many on campus organizations that mentors, supports, and feeds students such as the BSU, Carnivore Club, SAIL Program, and as a Residential Advisor. DeAira joined the Office of Admission as a leader and a teacher looking to help students decide or discover if Colorado College can help them on their own intellectual adventure.
Activities: Women In Comedy, Black Student Union (BSU), Carnivore Club, SAIL Program
Anjolenna Lutz ’17
From: Woodland Park, Colorado
Favorite Quote: "Free time is the enemy of progress." - Casey Neistat
Bio: Born in Kansas, but raised in Colorado, Anjolenna came to CC hoping to find a community that challenged her. She decided that being able to communicate with different people all around the world was one way to achieve that, so she started studying Romance languages, a major which led her to study in France, Peru and Chile. Although she loves being on campus, surrounded by mountains, Anjolenna's time abroad has sparked a desire to make her home elsewhere, and she hopes to pursue work outside of the country after graduating. Outside the classroom, Anjolenna spends her time actively engaging with the YouTube community online, and occasionally creates her own videos documenting her travels and experiences. She is also a part of the Christian community on campus and leads a Navigators Bible study once a week. Anjolenna is excited to join the admission staff and is looking to encourage high school students to get pumped about college and CC.
Activities: Navigators, YouTube, SOMOS, intramural sports
N. Beckett Shea-Shumsky ’17
From: Boise, Idaho
Favorite Quote: "It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not weakness; it is life." -Jean-Luc Picard
Minor: Feminist and Gender Studies
Bio: Born in Salt Lake City and raised in Idaho, Beck loves the Rocky mountains too much to leave for long, although they briefly flirted with early college in Massachusetts. After transferring to CC, Beck found the Psychology department, where they’ve pursued research on the facial feedback hypothesis and the comparative neuromorphology of Betz cells (including their first published paper in the Journal of Comparative Neurology)! Searching for a minor was more difficult, as Art Studio, Anthropology, Biochemistry, and Education were all in the running before Feminist and Gender Studies won the race. Outside of class, Beck can be found folding origami, painting, cooking, eating, making bad puns, and dreaming about joining Starfleet.
Activities: Films for Social Justice, Game Club, EQUAL, GROW, Neuroscience research assistant, Neuroscience elementary school outreach
Madelene Travis ’17
From: Fort Worth, Texas
Favorite Quote: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” - Anaïs Nin
Bio: After a fairly nomadic childhood that led her from Roswell, NM to an island in Michigan to Fort Worth, TX Madelene chose to settle down for a four-year academic adventure at Colorado College. Madelene tried to declare a Sociology major after her very first course at CC but was advised to give it some time, which changed nothing and she eventually did it anyways while adding a Nonviolence minor. A two-year Resident Advisor and a huge fan of Rastall’s tater tots, Madelene makes the most out of every experience and opportunity CC provides. She recently returned from a semester in Rwanda where she studied post-genocide reconciliation and met at least one hippopotamus. Madelene is excited to join admissions so she can finally have an outlet for her endless questions.
Activities: New Student Orientation leader, First Year Experience mentor, Resident Advisor, student researcher, hiker, eater, and sleeping enthusiast
Drew Turley ’17
From: Denver, Colorado
Favorite Quote: “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” - Martha Graham to Agnes de Mille
Minor: Arts of London and Florence
Bio: Born in Denver Colorado, Drew’s previous life as a commercial dancer moved him from LA to Tokyo to Sydney to New York. The non-linier nature of existence led Drew back to his home state where he began to explore higher education. After studying pre-engineering, and economics as the Community College of Denver, he came to Colorado College to deepen his understanding of how humans attempt to know and master the world. Little did he know, but his first class at CC, European Intellectual History, would re-cast his perspective and shape his path at the college. He spent all but 1 block of his Junior year studying abroad in Europe traveling through Paris, Florence and London. When not engaged in historical or philosophical inquiry, Drew spends his time generally harassing the Theater and Dance department and majors trying to involve himself in the numerous performance opportunities on campus. When that doesn’t work he retires with his friends to watch cartoons, play board games, and plot how to take over the world.
Activities: CC Men’s a capella group: The Backrow, Dance Workshop choreographer, Play Reading Group, Hillel, Venture Grant Recipient, PokémonGo and Settlers of Catan enthusiast, Group Fitness instructor, Transfer Mentor
Maya Williamson ’17
From: London, UK
Favorite Quote: “Forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?” - bell hooks
Major: Anthropology, French
Bio: Born in Seattle and raised in London, Maya spent almost her entire academic life at competitive girls’ schools in the UK. After graduating from high school, she came to Colorado College in search of the Liberal Arts and a change of pace. Maya is a double major in French and Anthropology, and spent the fall semester of her junior year in Senegal studying French language, and West African culture. After finishing her semester abroad, Maya was awarded a Venture Grant to extend her stay and study the impacts of the French education system on Senegalese national identity. Maya cites the Keller Family Venture Grants as one of her favorite things about CC, with another one of her research projects taking her to Japan, where she studied the effects of kawaii (cuteness) on gender expression and gender roles. Outside of class, Maya can be found climbing on rocks in Garden of the Gods, eating ramen noodles, or taking her bunny for a walk on the quads.
Activities: State of the Rockies research fellow, First Year Experience Mentor, Ritt Kellogg Climbing Gym monitor, Climbers Association of Colorado College, EQUAL for queer and questioning students, Student Anthropology Society
Michael Zijing Wu ’17
From: Shanghai, China
Favorite Quote: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” - Confucius
Major: International Political Economy
Minors: Music & Education
Bio: Born and raised in the largest city in the world by population – Shanghai, China – Michael came to Colorado to pursue peace and explore nature. After taking classes in more than ten departments at CC, Michael realized that he wanted to learn more about this world before living a peaceful life. After exploring CC for a year and a half, Michael decided to major in International Political Economy, along with two other minors: Music and Education. In order to know the world better, Michael took full advantage of CC’s study abroad programs, and went abroad three times to Spain, Germany, and Central Europe. Besides exploring the world, Michael enjoys skateboarding around CC, snowboarding, boxing, playing poker, as well as playing piano and Erhu.
Activities: CCSGA Finance Representative, President’s Council, Phi Gamma Delta, NSO Leader, ISO Leader, Chinese Student Association Co-chair, Honors Concert, Music at Midday, Mighty Math, Intramural Sports