»Grant Cushman

Assistant Director of Admission
gcushman@chapman.edu

Biography in Brief 

Grant graduated in 2010 from Chapman University with a degree in Communications and a minor in University Honors. A native of Arizona, Grant participated in a great deal of student activities during his time at Chapman including serving as an Orientation Assistant, Resident Advisor, Intern to the Dean of Students, Tour Guide, Fraternity member, and even the school mascot- Pete the Panther! Grant’s love for Chapman and its community drove him to continue his professional career at his alma mater as the Assistant Director of Admission.

Advice from Grant 

RELAX! I can’t stress this enough. This applies not only to applying to colleges but also life in general. Worrying yourself into a stupor won’t increase your chances of getting into college. Read the instructions, be aware of timelines, and take the time to collect yourself and process all the information before you jump into it. BREATHE!

Favorite spot on campus

Memorial Stage. I wasn’t a theatre major during my time at Chapman but I spent a great deal of time on that stage. In between Gamma Phi Beta’s dance show-Airbands, Alpha Phi’s male beauty pageant- Mr. University, Greek Skit Night and Freshman Orientation, some of my best memories reside in Memorial Hall doing what I love to do- being ridiculous!

Best admission memory

Before working as an admission counselor I spent a great deal of my undergraduate career at Chapman giving campus tours so I have been fortunate enough to be a part of this amazing team for several years now. Some of my best memories stem from being a tour guide and sharing my passion for Chapman with prospective students. I also love it when it’s someone’s birthday in the Admissions office because then we get cake. AND I LOVE CAKE!

Best college memory

During my sophomore year a group of friends and I decided to enter into Gamma Phi Beta’s annual Airbands competition on a whim after listening to ‘The Newsies’ Soundtrack. A good friend of mine and I stayed up every night choreographing the dance and teaching it to our ‘less-than-coordinated’ friends. Two and half grueling weeks later we were ready for the big night. Performing that on stage in front of everyone was unlike any experience I’d ever had. We clearly weren’t the best dancers or the most coordinated people ever, but we put everything into it. I have yet to be as surprised by anything as I was that very night when, after our performance, the MCs of the event announced that, out of everyone who had entered, we had won. It is a memory I will carry with me forever.

Fast Facts

3 Words to Describe Myself: Charismatic, Witty, Self-Aggrandizing

Favorite Subject: Theater

Role Model: My mother

Favorite Musical Performer/Band/Composer: Aesop Rock

Most Prized Possession: My phone

Book you would read again: Flowers for Algernon

Favorite Summer Activity: Kickball

Best Movie of All Time: Speed Racer

Favorite Quote (and by whom): "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." - Mark Twain

Dream Job: Pillow tester

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