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Garrett Addison

Admission Counselor

Biography in Brief

Garrett graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Power of Language, a major he created with the help of Chapman faculty. Raised in Anaheim Hills, California, he is no stranger to the wonderful world of Orange County. Garrett has worked as a student in the Office of Admission for two years and is thrilled to start his second year here as an admission counselor. Starting his freshman year, he has taken advantage of all the opportunities that have come his way. From Greek life to student affairs to orientation to independent research, you name it and he’s done it. His senior year he was even named Spirit of Chapman, an honor given to two seniors at our annual Homecoming Weekend. Garrett plans on obtaining his high school teaching credentials in the near future.

Advice from Garrett

I, like many of you, have always heard the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Being an indecisive person, I had a different answer with every asking. Writer, doctor, teacher, architect, chef… I could never make up my mind. I started Chapman as a Biological Sciences major and had "decided" on becoming a doctor. After my first semester, I realized that being a doctor was not in my future. So I changed my major, first to Philosophy and then to English Literature, until a professor of mine told me about the option to create a new major. My advice to all students is that it’s okay to change your mind. You are the only one that knows what is right for you, so don't be afraid to take that philosophy course, or that sociology course, or even that calculus course. These are your four years, make the most out of them.

Favorite spot on campus

My favorite spot on campus is on the steps outside of Memorial Hall. The spot marks the beginnings of Chapman in Orange and is the perfect balance of seeing friends and having a quiet space. It’s also overlooks Memorial Lawn which holds memories for me from orientation, Greek week, or just being a goofball after class. It is, by far, the most spectacular spot in my opinion and I definitely recommend any prospective students and families to come check it out.

Best admission memory

A lot of my best admission memories are from the tours I gave as an undergrad. I think any time I was on campus and had a student come up to me and say, “You were my tour guide! You’re the reason I’m at Chapman!” was a phenomenal feeling. My favorite by far though was when a parent tried to hand me $20 after my tour was done as a thank you.

Fast Facts

Three Words to Describe Myself: Perceptive, compassionate, and optimistic

Favorite Subject: Rhetoric

Role Model: My sister. We’re two years apart but she has already built an amazing life for herself and I want to do the same.

Favorite Musical Performer/Band/Composer: It changes almost every day, but right now it’s Eric Church or Luke Bryan. I’m a country boy.

Most Prized Possessions: My visor from when I worked at Cold Stone Creamery. It was my first job and definitely the most interesting job, but I learned a lot about my work ethic, customer service, and passion for people.

Favorite Summer Activities: I know it’s summer when my favorite television show Big Brother starts. You cannot keep me away from it!

Book You Would Read Again: Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick or 1984 by George Orwell. Both incredibly well-written novels.

Best Movies of All Time: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Scary Movie (1, 2, or 3 only), or The Strangers.

Favorite Quote (and by whom): "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid." – Albert Einstein

Dream Job: I have always wanted to run my own restaurant, with myself as the chef! That’s a dream that has never died.


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