This week’s Thursday Doors post shows more photos from our Thanksgiving trip to Southern California. We were on the beach and at a buffet dinner, but we were also checking out some college campuses for our 17-year-old daughter next year. (This trip is also why I missed Thursday Doors entirely last week).
One of these campuses was Pitzer College, a small liberal arts school in Claremont. It is part of the Claremont consortium, which also includes Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Scripps, and Harvey Mudd. As a former East Coast girl, I had not heard of Pitzer until recently, when several college counselors recommended it to my daughter. My daughter is interested in small liberal arts schools, and this group of colleges seems to have the best of both worlds: a small liberal arts environment coupled with the ability to take courses and utilize resources at any of the five colleges in the consortium.
Pitzer has a strong emphasis on ecology, the environment, and sustainability. Here is a wall garden, right next to a door (yes, those plants are growing horizontally):
They also have an organic garden on campus, with a chicken coop:
And a bike repair and recycle shop:
And their students seem to have a healthy sense of self-expression, which you can see in the murals on campus:
I have to say, the most interesting thing about these doors at Pitzer is not the doors themselves, but what is above, below, next to, or behind them!