• Garrett Addison Chapman Admission Counselor
Undergraduate Admission

Meet Your Counselor: Garrett Addison

» Garrett Addison

Assistant Director of Admission


Garrett's bio

Garrett is a double alumnus of Chapman University with a B.A. in Power of Language, a major he created with the help of Chapman faculty, and an M.A. in Leadership Development.

During his undergraduate years, Garrett was involved in plenty: Greek Life, the Orientation Program, independent research and being a campus tour guide in the Office of Admission.

When he’s not at work, he can be found planning a Survivor day for his friends or catching the latest midnight movie showing!

Advice from Garrett

Start looking at your application like a puzzle. Each document, essay or letter of recommendation is a new piece to that puzzle for our admission team. We don’t need the same pieces over and over — the picture only gets more confusing. Instead, make sure your application shows the range of who you are!

Also, start with Survivor: Cagayan for the best introduction to Survivor.

Favorite spot on campus

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 overlooks Memorial Lawn which holds memories for me from Orientation, Greek week or just being a goofball after class.

It’s the perfect spot in my opinion and I recommend prospective students and families come check it out.

Best admission memory

It’s always exciting working with students as young as their sophomore year and seeing them on-campus as a current student years later. It really brings the admission process full circle and reminds me of why I love the job I have!

Fast facts

Three words to describe myself: Compassionate, creative, gregarious.

Favorite subject: English.

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: Taylor Alison Swift. All of her music is phenomenal, the progression of her sound is crazy good, and the fact that she's re-recording to stick it to "the man"? Yea, she's my favorite.

Most prized possessions: My visor from when I worked at Cold Stone Creamery. It was my first job and I learned a lot about my work ethic, customer service and passion for people.

Favorite summer activities: Summer is one of the only seasons I have time to read, so I’ll go with reading new books. Oh and watching Big Brother.

Book you would read again: Red, White & Royal Blue - Casey McQuiston

Best movie of all time: Spider-Man: No Way Home. If you know, you know.

Favorite quote (and by whom): “I'll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don't choose. We'll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn't carry us. There's nothing to do but salute it from the shore.” – Cheryl Strayed

Dream Job: I want to design the challenges on Survivor. John Kirhoffer is great at what he does and I’d love to work alongside him.

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