Tour guides will give you a chance to see aspects of academic and residential life from a current student’s perspective. Tours are available Monday-Saturday throughout the year and serve as the central piece of every campus visit.
Alec Ballweg ’18
Hometown: Madison, WI
Your favorite professor or class and why: My favorite professor is Kristin Fujie (English) and she is the goddess of the English department. She is super knowledgable about modernism, which is my favorite period of literature, really accessible and open, and a lovely person.
What clubs are you involved in and why: I play ultimate frisbee on our women’s club team, Artemis, and play intramural soccer in the spring.
Alex Olsen ’20
Majors: Chemistry and Foreign Language
Hometown: Elmira, OR
Your favorite event at LC: I had such a great time at the first LC football game. Everyone came out, and it was so empowering to see so many students come together to support LC football!
Why did you choose LC: I chose LC for the wonderful, accepting community. I love the positive atmosphere and eccentric people.
Anna Lyubinina ’18
Major: Psychology and Mathematics/Computer Science
Hometown: Concord, CA
What you like to do in your free time: I love sitting by the reflecting pool! Rain or shine, there are both covered and open well-lit areas to sit in, and I enjoy seeing friends walking by. It is also very close to the library and on a clear day, Mt. Hood is visible!
Reasons for choosing L&C: What you like to do in your free time: I like to play the piano, sing and compose music with my friends, dance, make cheesecake and sushi, go on nature walks through Tryon Creek and explore downtown Portland’s food carts.
Annika Clunk ’20
Majors: Economics and German
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Reasons for choosing L&C: What truly drew me was a combination of the golf team’s camaraderie and friendliness with challenging academics. The fact that I can build relationships with professors and not feel meaningless in an intro class with 200 other students is very appealing. I’m not lost; but when I am, I can always go straight to a professor for help. I wanted a place where I can be both an avid outdoorswoman and a city shopper. Fortunately for me, Portland has all of that plus great food.
What you like to do in your free time: When I’m not golfing or in class I often find myself in local coffee shops. It’s so convenient having the Pio shuttle students downtown. Although I do frequent the Starbucks the shuttle stop is right next to, I have begun discovering the multitude of local coffee roasters. Everything downtown is so concentrated that I can walk 10 minutes and find a new place to try. It’s great getting off campus for a while to study alone or catch up with friends over a cup of Stumptown. Plus when I’m done with my coffee, I have the energy to shop around at the mall or find a nearby boutique.
Brynn Rova ’19
Major: English and Theater
Hometown: Saint Michael, MN
Your favorite professor or class and why: Lyell Asher is such an amazing professor, especially since he relates everything back to Jane Austen and Shakespeare (two of my favorite writers).
What do you like to do in your free time: I love to read, write, act, sing, and make people smile.
Dara Reckard ’18
Major: Rhetoric and Media Studies
Hometown: Kula, Hawaii
Your favorite event at LC: Bounce-a-palooza. Who doesn’t like bouncy castles? It’s a great way to have fun and workout at the same time.
What do you like to do in your free time: I like to play video games/board games, watch movies, go hiking/camping, go swimming, eat food and hang with my friends.
Elana Freeman-Lobovits ’19
Major: Rhetoric and Media Studies
Minor: Studio Art
Hometown: El Cerrito, California (Bay Area)
Study Abroad: Fall 2017, New York; Spring 2017, New Zealand
What you like to do in your free time: You can either find me with my film camera getting lost in Portland (literally not metaphorically), hiking through Tryon, working in the ceramics studio, eating excessive amounts of sushi, sorting through different thrift stores, binge watching a show on Netflix, giving a tour on campus, or petting every cat I see!
Your favorite place on campus: Although, it is not technically on campus I love hiking in Tryon.
Emma Wood ’19
Major: Foreign Language
Hometown: Carlsbad, CA
What you like to do in your free time: At L&C I often spend my free time dodging rain drops on my way to Maggie’s Cafe to grab a London Fog and Oreos, going on outdoor trips to the most scenic parts of Oregon, and working to eat at all the best restaurants downtown (so far Bollywood Theatre is my top pick).
Reasons for choosing L&C: At L&C I not only have the ability to learn from passionate professors, but also to develop relationships with educators who notice when I’m absent, support me towards my success, and treat me as an equal. L&C provides a community that prides itself in personalizing learning.
Evelyn Newman ’19
Hometown: Bainbridge, WA
Study Abroad: Fall 2017, India
What you like to do in your free time: In my free time I love taking my bike and exploring Portland - whether that means finding myself on the Springwater Trail, deep in a book at Powell’s or hanging out downtown at the Waterfront Park.
What advice would you give an income freshmen/transfer student: Get as involved with the school as you can - whatever you are interesting in I can guarantee Lewis and Clark (and Portland) will have it or help you find it. Also, try as many new things as you possibly can, that’s what college is for after all!
Gwen O’Connor ’2
Majors: History/Rhetoric and Media Studies
Hometown: Bend, OR
What advice would you give to an incoming student: Lewis & Clark has so much to offer its students so long as they try to get involved. Some of the most fun or enriching experiences to be found on campus are when you try something new. Don’t just wait for good times to come to you, create them.
What clubs are you involved in and why: I am involved with the Improv club, which meets every Friday. Improv Comedy is so much fun to do, and it is one of the best parts of my week when I can get together with some properly funny people and make others laugh.
Helena Loftus ’20
Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Hometown: Ashland, OR
Reasons for choosing L&C: One of the main reasons I came to Lewis and Clark is because it seemed like a school with a great community. It’s big enough to have plenty of diverse opportunities (two I was really excited about were being able to participate in research with professors and studying abroad), but it’s small enough so you can form personal relationships with professors and staff. Plus, I just really love Portland.
What do you do in your free time: I like to explore downtown with my friends, watch Grey’s Anatomy and Gilmore Girls, bake cookies, and obsess over pictures of dogs.
Isabel Betsill ’20
Major: Sociology/Anthropology and Studio Arts
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Reasons for choosing L&C: I loved that L&C offers a little bit of everything, and that it’s a super accepting environment in which you can be anyone you want to be!
What clubs are you involved in on campus and why: Rugby! I’m also involved in the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Fit Club, Pioneer Log, and the Random Acts of Kindness Club.
Isak Keller ’19
Majors: Rhetoric and Media Studies, and Theater
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Study Abroad: Fall 2017, New York, NY
What was your favorite class so far: I’m a huge twitter fiend so taking Interpersonal Media last spring was super awesome. Daena Goldsmith, the prof, continually blew my mind. In addition to exploring new media we had to keep a blog and consistently tweet for class which was a refreshing way to mix it up as far as assignments go.
What clubs are you involved in on campus: I’m involved with Pause Board which puts on Once Upon A Weekend each semester. Once Upon A Weekend is just an unreal experience. One theme. 7 days to write. 5ish plays are chosen. 1 day to cast. 2 hours to rehearse. It gets crazy, and since I’m on Pause Board I get to read all the submissions and help select which plays will get performed. It’s super lit.
Maddy Fellows ’19
Hometown: Portland, OR
What advice would you give an incoming student: I’m a transfer. Being a transfer student is a little strange because you’re new, and yet you aren’t given as many opportunities as freshmen to form community. So you have to actively seek out community by involving yourself in clubs, or sports, or theatre, or what have you. That’s good advice for anyone: do a lot of stuff. At least try a lot of stuff and see what sticks. And transfers, I’d say to prepare a concise explanation for why you transferred. Because people are gonna ask, a lot. But it’s good that they do, because it reminds you why you came here. You took a big risk and you should be proud of yourself.
What clubs are you involved in: I’m in improv: both Serious Club and ScripTED. Serious Club is open to everyone, where once a week we play improv games for an hour. If you keep showing up to Serious Club, then you could be invited to be on the performance troupe, ScripTED. My first couple of times there, I didn’t say a word. I just stood awkwardly and laughed. It’s no pressure at all and nobody takes it too seriously. I’m also in an acapella group. There are four, each with a unique sound and distinctive repertoire. Every group is student-run so we arrange our own music. We go on retreat every semester and perform a handful of times at school or elsewhere. I do acapella and improv because singing and laughing with friends is a nice break from the stress of college. Both communities were extremely welcoming to me as a new student.
Mc Miller ’18
Minor: Religious Studies
Hometown: Santa Fe, NM
What clubs are you involved in and why: I like to train with some of the martial arts groups here on campus, especially Pugilism Club and historical fencing. I started martial arts in high school and sport fencing when i was six, so I’m trying to stay involved. I also love College Outdoors because of all the adventures they offer.
What was your favorite event at L&C and why: I love Fall Ball. Crystal Ballroom downtown, all-you-can-eat buffet, lots of dancing and friends, even a fancy photo booth! What’s not to love.
Quinn Murley ’20
Minor: Rhetoric and Media Studies
Hometown: Bellingham, WA
What clubs are you involved in and why: Fire Arts Club, because of the fun, the energy, the people, but mostly because we get to spin fire!
What was your favorite place at L&C and why: Anywhere with trees! They make it feel like I go to school in a forest, and make me feel at home.
Sophia Warner ’19
Hometown: Eugene, OR
Study Abroad: Fall 2017, London, UK
Who is your favorite professor: My favorite teacher at Lewis and Clark is probably Reiko Hillyer. She is a History professor who teaches American history, African-American history, and history of the built American Landscape particularly in the southern United States. I took her 100 level Unites States history course my freshman year and was blown away by her passion for social justice in the present and compassion for the struggles of those in history. I would highly recommend taking a course with her! Having an understanding of how the world we live in came to be the way it is can never hurt!
What was your favorite event at L&C and why: My favorite Lewis and Clark event is probably the annual Anti-Valentine’s day show, which is put on by the school’s music department and the Acapella groups on campus. The concert focuses on love songs and anti love songs delivering fun mix of both and the audience is almost always packed!
Zara Kazi ’20
Hometown: I was born in Bangladesh but raised San Diego, Singapore, and Dubai.
Who is your favorite professor: This is a tough one because honestly all my professors are incredible. But my two favorites would probably have to be Pamela Zobel-Thropp and David Galaty. Both these professors were excellent at engaging us and making sure the material was catered to each of us individually depending on our unique learning styles. They were both great professors because they were present with their students who are struggling or just wanted some help on a paper. My favorite class was probably my Perspectives in Biology class With Pamela because we looked at a lot of ethics that go into biology which was a new way of looking at Biology. I loved it.
What do you like to do in your free time: I love to run in Tryon Creek Natural Park which is right next to campus. I love to go downtown with friends and explore. I enjoy watching random documentaries and binge watch the Mindy Project or New Girl when I have a chance. I also love playing Frisbee with our women’s Ultimate Frisbee team and reading near the reflecting pool if it’s a nice, sunny day.
**Current Students: If you are interested in being a tour guide, download the application here.