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Admissions Fellows


Tristan Amond '16

Syracuse, NY

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Majors: Film & New Media Major, Computer Science Minor

Living in Colorado has allowed Tristan to successfully complete his goal of living in all four time zones. Originally from the West coast, he now considers Syracuse, NY to be his home-away-from-CC. After transferring from Carnegie Mellon University, Tristan has taken well to both the lifestyle and academic pursuits offered a CC. His passions include singing, tinkering with computer parts, petting furry dogs, riding motorcycles, reading military history, and drinking coffee. Tristan’s interest in flight began at an early age and was both inspired and encouraged by his father; this lifelong love of flying manifested itself through many trips to flight museums, programs at Lockheed-Martin, and an unusually high amount of R/C airplane casualties. At CC, Tristan studies both Film and Computer Science, finding a nice intersection in aerial photography. When he’s not in class, you can usually find him spending time with friends, flying quadcopters in Tutt Science, or standing in line at Colorado Coffee.

Activities: Intramural Sports, a capella, Aerial Photography, hiking


Katie Osborn '16

Belmont, MA

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." - Edith Wharton

Major: Economics, Political Science Minor

Katie was born in Belmont, MA and has called it home since. Rising through the public school system (while taking brief breaks to exchange places with a student in northern England and attend the mountain school – both sparked a passion for education and environmental stewardship), she became a true northeasterner, walking at a run and blindly supporting all her sports teams. Nonetheless she still feels home in Colorado where she can explore her passions and share a phenomenal college experience with a plethora of inspiring people. Katie is an Economics Major and Political Science minor, and has studied a good amount of Spanish Language.  She was able to combine her love for all these subjects (and her love for travel) studying abroad for a block in Santiago, Chile where she explored the modern effects of Chilean economic and political history (in Spanish). While on campus, Katie can be found making friends, climbing with said friends, cooking constantly and shakily longboarding to class.

Activities: Mighty Math, Scratch Club, New Student Orientation, FYE Program, BreakOut, Outdoor Recreation Community, CC Yoga, Intramural Sports, Unofficial Cheerleader for fellow Tigers and their passions


Anya Powers '16

Naperville, IL

“What-what is a weekend?” – the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey

Major: Political Science

Born and raised just outside Chicago, Anya began her studies at Colorado College as a winter-start in 2013.  A former Varsity Track athlete, Anya abandoned the track for trail marathons after falling in love with the sport while studying abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland. An avid world traveler Anya has gone from living in a convent with the Sisters of Mother Teresa in Spain to conducting research through a Venture Grant on the European Union across Europe.  Since training as an Officer Candidate in the Marine Corps she has decided to pursue chaplaincy in the military and hopes to continue to graduate school after CC to follow her dream.

Activities: Marathon Trail Running, Co-President of CC Blues and Ballroom, Krav Maga


Thabiso Ratalane '16

Maseru, Lesotho

"The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest comes from it." – Diana Vreeland

Majors: International Political Economy and French

I grew up in the capital of a landlocked Kingdom of Lesotho, Maseru; but I soon left the country to pursue an international baccalaureate diploma in the Kingdom of Swaziland. While there, I had an opportunity to be part of the junior board member for i.e University in Madrid, Spain where I learnt about how international higher education works.

At CC, I had the opportunity to study in France twice. The first time was a block abroad to study the black American diaspora in Paris and their contribution to the negritude movement and their contribution to black literature.

The second time was to participate in an immersive French course at a small historical institution in the Loire valley.

I am currently working on the African art show whose aim is to sensitize the community on the diversity of the African continent.

Activities: Fashion show, Dance Workshop, North Boys Enrichment Program Mentor, Queer Community Coalition, Writing center staff assistant, Tutt Library Student worker, Soup Kitchen Volunteer, Junior class committee, UWC Davis Scholar, Former French house resident, Studied abroad in France


Carly Stafford '16

Littleton, CO

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - M.K. Gandhi

Majors: Neuroscience and Classics

Carly hails from Littleton, Colorado, and was too much of a fan of the state to go anywhere but Colorado College. A council member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado for seven consecutive years, Carly has a long-standing passion for brains, and she developed a love for classics after taking a summer course in Greece in 2013, leading her to declare a double major in Neuroscience and Classics. From taking classes as diverse as Neuropharmacology and Advanced Greek, Carly's academic experience at CC truly embodies a liberal arts education. An avid outdoor enthusiast from a young age, Carly enjoys mountain biking, skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, paddle-boarding, backpacking, and sailing. In her spare time, Carly can be found swing dancing, translating ancient texts in the Cossitt amphitheater, or doing a midnight Incline summit. Curious, adventurous, and spontaneous, Carly adds spunk to the Colorado College community.

Activities: Greek tutor, Latin tutor, Neuroscience Club, PanHellenic President, Chair and Instructor of Swing & Ballroom Dancing Club, ORC member, Former Resident Advisor, Kappa Kappa Gamma events/social chair, Studied abroad in Greece


Jacob Walden '16

Larkspur, CO

“Gravity’s reciprocal: the planet rises to the sparrow’s landing.” - James Richardson

Majors: Political Science, Philosophy Minor

Jacob Walden is studying political science and philosophy. He has participated in the Public Interest Fellowship Program, human trafficking research in the United States and Albania, completed a Venture Grant to study early Norse Sagas and political systems in Iceland, and is working on a Sheffer Grant on the political transformation of Catholic, Jewish, and secular state ideologies during and after the Holocaust. Last year, he spent a term studying European and British politics at Oxford University. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano, reading Russian classics, hiking, and skiing.

Activities: Honor Council, Writing Center Tutor, Community Engaged Leadership Program, President’s Council, Blue Key Honor Society, Design Team, Colorado College Strategic Plan, Former Communications Manager and CCSGA Vice-President


Emma Whitehead '16

Denver, CO

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.” - Mary Oliver

Majors: Political Science/ International Relations, Spanish Minor

A proud native of Colorado, Emma was glad to end up at Colorado College after a six month world tour with Up with People, a global education non-profit. Since then, she has gotten the full liberal arts experience, studying everything from global health policy to Spanish poetry to Japanese modern dance. She has also taken advantage of the block plan to solidify her fluency in Spanish and French, as well as basic sign-language. Last summer Emma was sponsored by the Dean of Student’s Office and the Keller Family Venture Fund to walk a 600 mile pilgrimage through Spain on the Camino de Santiago. She also studied political psychology in Eastern Europe in partnership with the US Air Force Academy. Her passion for higher education has been fueled by her work in Financial Aid and Admission, and she looks forward to another year of working with prospective families. Emma can often be found hiking, playing ukelele, and eating chocolate-covered ginger.

Activities: Room 46 A Cappella, Financial Aid Intern, BreakOut, Political Science Club, New Student Orientation Leader, President’s Council, Outdoor Recreation Club, Intramural Sports.