»Katie Lawler

Katie LawlerSenior Admission Counselor

Biography in Brief

Originally from Tustin, California, Katie graduated in 2007 from the University of Redlands with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. After earning her Master’s of Education degree in School Counseling from USC in 2010, she worked as an Admission Counselor at Chapman University. She “switched sides of the desk” for two years, working as a high school college counselor, earning valuable experience working with families on all aspects of the college admission and application process. Katie is excited to return to the Chapman University office of Admission this year!

Advice from Katie

Having worked as an undergraduate admission counselor and high school college counselor, I’ve found that no two needs are exactly the same. Finding the right fit college or university is imperative. Research all aspects of the schools to which you are applying and make sure that the school is a fit for you academically, personally, socially, spiritually, and more.

In terms of the college application process: “There is a story behind every face.” So please, make sure to tell us your personal story!

Katie’s Favorite Spot on Campus

The Skaggs Solar Fountain in the Fish Interfaith Center. It is an absolutely beautiful sight to walk through the front doors and see the fountain at the end of the hallway. I love to sit on the bench inside the Chapel and watch the water flow over the solar disk. The Fish Interfaith Center is an amazing place to reflect and meditate.

Katie’s Best Admission Memory

Handing the first official admission letter to an admitted senior in the Chapman University Class of 2015. Then, as a high school college counselor, helping a senior work through the admission process at Chapman and receiving her admission letter on my birthday the following year. The two girls are now really close friends at Chapman and roommates! It is an amazing feeling to help students on both sides of the desk achieve their dream of becoming Chapman students.

From Our Application - Fast Facts:

Three Words to Describe Yourself: Compassionate, giving, kind

Favorite Subject: Psychology and Art

Role Model: My younger sister, Kelsey, who I love and respect so much for being exactly who she is

Favorite Musical Performer: Anything country-- I love Brad Paisley and I can’t get “River Bank” out of my head!

Most Prized Possessions: My family and friends-- They are irreplaceable

Favorite Summer Activities: Beach walking and sea shell finding

Book You Would Read Again: Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

Best Movies of All Time: Sleepless in Seattle and The Way Way Back

Favorite Quote: “What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other” by George Eliot and “There’s a story behind every face” by Anonymous.

Dream Job: Owner of a dog rescue

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