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Pilar Landon (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

Consensus builder and respected voice

Part of 'Six to Remember' series: Pilar Landon became the leader of the student newspaper and a respected student leader
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By Jack Dunn | Director of Public Affairs
Pilar Landon

Hometown: Carlsbad, Calif.

Major: Biology; minor in Environmental Studies

Notable Activities: Presidential Scholar; Admissions tour guide; Heights News Editor 2006-2007; Heights Editor in Chief 2008; Senior Week Committee member; 48 Hours member

Post-Graduation Plans: Teach for America, Chicago

Overview: A Presidential Scholar and editor in chief of the Heights, this soft-spoken student leader was a consensus builder and respected campus voice who successfully championed student concerns through the relationships she forged with senior administrators and faculty. A Finneran Award winner for achievement in scholarship and campus activities, she will spend the coming year in Chicago working for Teach for America.      
What led you to getting involved with The Heights?

I had done newspapers as long as I could remember.  I did a neighborhood newspaper in the 4th and 5th grade, and I was editor of my high school paper, so I told myself that I wanted to try something different. But after several laps around the field on student activities day, I ended up right where I thought I wouldn’t — in front of the Heights table.

How have your activities influenced your four years at Boston College?

Working with the Heights has given me a different lens through which to see the University, so that I have come to know the school, its leaders and students at a much more intimate level. This enabled me to understand BC and develop a profound appreciation for it.

Which faculty members have had the greatest effect on you?

For me, Neil Wolfman in Chemistry exemplifies what a good science professor is. He makes sure not only that you understand the concepts, but that you feel connected to the material and to him as an instructor. He also mixes clarity with humor and has great patience for his students. In addition, Debra Mullikin-Kilpatrick’s biology class was one of the most interesting and challenging courses I have ever taken.

How has BC made a difference in your life?

Through the opportunities I have been given as a student, student journalist, volunteer, and research assistant, there have been so many different doors that have opened for me that I don’t think would have been available at another university.  The personal attention has been phenomenal as has the collegial atmosphere of the student body.  BC does an excellent job in instilling in its students a drive to succeed, but also in reminding its students of how privileged they are to have this education and of their obligation to use it not only to better themselves but to better society.         

What will you miss most about BC?

The question is, what won’t I miss?  College is four years of a safe environment where it is you working on you. Everything about BC these past four years has been supportive. Everything is geared toward enriching you to make sure you are a complete and developed person. I will miss the constant support that you get here.  But if BC has done its job, which I feel it has, then I won’t need that constant support, though I will miss it.

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