1 in 950: Emma Irvin '18

Where are you from?

Portland, Oregon.

What is your major?

Undecided, considering Political Science.

What are you involved in on campus?

Mostly just IT [Information Technology] for right now. I love the people I work with and I’ve made so many new friends, including my new BFF, Devon Essick ‘17.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Turtle Court [in Browning].


My room and a few others in my hall open onto Turtle Court [in Browning], and we have spent the year making it super cute. It’s really small and cozy with battery-powered fake candles and little succulents on an outdoor table. I love this courtyard because it lets me do homework outside without having to walk more than 30 feet.  

Do you have plans for the summer yet?

I am planning to work as a camp counselor for 11 to 14 year old  girls at a YMCA camp in Oregon.

How did you land that/come upon that decision?

I have been involved with this camp for going on six years, and it has been one of the most influential experiences of my life. Working with kids in an outdoor environment has brought me a level of self-confidence  and creativity that I don’t think I could have found elsewhere.

Who is the most influential person in your life?

The most influential person in my life is Jennifer Kapnek, a Portland artist and friend of my family. Jennifer spent her childhood and young adulthood in New York City and worked as an art therapist in juvenile detention centers out East. She has a ton of wisdom about life and people; she has taught me so much. You should definitely look her up.

What’s your most memorable experience here so far?

Last semester, I went to a piercing studio in Upland with a few of my friends. We didn’t want to pay for a car back so we walked for close to two hours to get back to school. On the way back, we found a shopping cart, and my friend Cynthia had us push her back to Scripps in it. She rode in this shopping card all the way down Foothill. It was hilarious.

What advice do you have for current and/or future Scripps students?

Don’t be afraid to make changes that scare you. Complacency can be just as detrimental as taking a risk .