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Amy Hammer

Assistant Director of Admission

Biography in brief:

Amy graduated from Chapman University in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and double minor in Psychology and Integrated Educational Studies. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she fully immersed herself in the Chapman culture by becoming a student worker in the Office of Admission, a member of Greek Life, and an Orientation Assistant. Additionally, she pursued internships at local nonprofits, hosted a radio show on campus, and made daily walks to the Orange Circle to grab coffee at Starbucks. It was through her unique experiences and the opportunities provided by Chapman that she discovered her passion for working with students in higher education.

Advice from Amy:

Think of your application as though it is a story of who you are, who you want to be, and how your future school fits into that narrative. As the author of your own story, think about the message you are trying to communicate. Be true to yourself and find a school that fits your needs academically, socially, spiritually, physically, and in any other way you deem to be important. 

Amy’s favorite spot on campus:

It’s difficult to pick only one spot, but the Residence Halls hold a special place in my heart. For my freshman year, Pralle-Sodaro Hall was literally my home and the walls of the building hold so many memories of my first year in college. It is where I met my freshman roommate who became my roommate all four years, stayed up late eating snacks from Doy’s Place with my sorority sisters, and tested my skills as an actress by helping my friends in their film class projects.

Amy’s best admission memory:

Senior year I became an Orientation Assistant (OA), a role that helps incoming students and their families acclimate to the college environment. During the final day of Orientation, the entire staff of OA’s came together to reminisce and recap the experience. One of the younger OA’s stood up and started to reflect on how much Chapman meant to him. While explaining, he attributed coming to Chapman to having me as a tour guide and said my tour excited him to come to a school with students like me. It was one of the biggest compliments I have ever received, and a humbling realization of how impactful admissions work can have on another person’s life.

Fast Facts:

3 words to describe myself: gregarious, optimistic and passionate.

Favorite subject: Psychology

Role model: My student government advisor in high school. He led by example, taught our class about servant leadership, and inspired me to work in education.

Favorite musical performer/band/composer: Spice Girls

Most prized possession: My memory because my past experiences are what make me who I am.

Book you would read again: any of the Harry Potter books

Favorite summer activity: Riding roller coasters and eating ice cream…but not at the same time.

Best movie of all time: Bridesmaids

Favorite quote and by whom: “Follow your heart, but take your brain with you” – Alfred Adler

Dream job: To be one of the friends on the TV show Friends

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