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.
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.
Annika Clunk ’20
Majors: Economics and German
Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ
Reasons for choosing L&C: What first appealed to me was the significantly under-117 degree weather, which plagues the desert of Arizona, and an environment of pure green with vegetation that doesn’t stab you. However, 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.
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)
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.
Elly McClane ’19
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Reason for choosing L&C: LC is located in an amazing place! Portland is full of great opportunities, plus I can be on the coast or in the mountains in under 90 minutes. Also, I love the strong feeling of community at the school.
Your favorite place on campus: On a really nice day, I love to hangout on south campus with some friends. The lawn gets a lot of sun and has great trees for hanging a hammock. If it’s really warm, sometimes people set up a giant slip and slide.
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
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!
Feona Rehfuss ’19
Minor: Political Economy and Environmental Studies
Hometown: Maui, HI
What advice would you give to an incoming student: Practice listening to your body and remember to breathe. Sleep, but not too much. Stay hydrated and work out—yoga or something—just to keep the blood moving. Take breaks, take a moment to soak up the sun. Don’t be ashamed of taking time to yourself and definitely don’t be ashamed of talking about depression—it’s real and you’re not alone. You’re going to go through so many transitions and experiences that you can never fully anticipate, but one thing you can be sure of is that you’ll be okay if you keep your eyes on the horizon. One thing above all: take a moment for the little things otherwise it’s all gonna be one big blur.
What you like to do in your free time: Honestly, I like to be by myself if I can get away with it. I’m around people virtually 24/7 and I somehow have to be okay with that. I’ll go do yoga in the plots, take a walk in the ravine, go downtown solo, work on my jewelry and watch Netflix, or get a coffee at Maggie’s and read a book. I find myself more engaged and appreciative of people’s presence if I can give myself the space to actually miss them.
Hannah Ring ’19
Hometown: Ashland, OR
Reasons for choosing L&C: I chose Lewis & Clark because during my visit I immediately felt at home on the campus. Once the time came to make my decision I could only really see myself at Lewis & Clark.
Your favorite place on campus: My favorite place on campus is the large bridge that passes over the ravine. I get to walk over it every day on the way to class and each time it feels like I am about to start a wonderful adventure.
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.
Isak Keller ’19
Majors: Rhetoric and Media Studies, and Theater
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
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.
Kat Chester ’20
What was your favorite event at L&C: My favorite event at Lewis & Clark are the College Outdoors Open Houses because they allow students to learn new skills that they can apply as leaders in the outdoors. Each Wednesday student leaders teach their peers new skills that can be applied on your own outdoor adventures or in the workplace. This is a free weekly event that really helped me integrate into the L&C community, meet new people, and learn really unique skills.
Kathryn McFadden ’18
My favorite spots on campus are in the Estate Gardens and the woods that border them. Not only are the gardens gorgeous but I can always find a quiet place to sit and relax. Especially as a freshman living with a roommate it was nice to know that I could always find a quiet bench to relax on.
Logan O’Connor ’20
Majors: Still figuring it out
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.
Mackenzie Bath ’19
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Reason for choosing L&C: I wanted to come to a school where I felt at home. From the first moment I stepped on campus, I knew that this was the place for me. Every student and faculty member I interacted with solidified this feeling by being the kind of people I wanted to surround myself with.
Your favorite class: My favorite class was Intro to Fiction, in which we read and wrote short stories. It was amazing to see where each student would go given the varying amounts of freedom we were granted for each assignment. In that class I learned an outstanding amount about the subject, my fellow students, and myself.
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.
Madison Young ’17
Major: Sociology & Anthropology
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
What you like to do in your free time: When I’m not capturing moments through the lens of my 35mm. film camera or getting lost in complex knitting projects, I enjoy cooking vegan/vegetarian dishes, meditating, practicing yoga, and camping in the woods, building fires, gardening, playing piano, guitar, and mandolin, and adventuring downtown with friends. Coffee fills my mornings and hot tea satisfies my evenings; together, with an intellectually-stimulating education, it’s a wonderful life.
What advice would you give an incoming freshman/transfer student: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and always remember to photo-document the process!
Sophia Vigeant ’19
Hometown: Tomales, CA
What is your favorite class? I love the English class I am taking right now. It’s called Reading and Writing in the Outdoors; the professor is awesome. We get to actually go outside for class and we are encouraged to explore the nature around us and write about it for homework!
What has been one of your favorite events on campus? I loved going to Open Mic at the Co-Op and getting a chance to talk with all the talented student musicians, poets and artists who showed off their talent.
Sophia Warner ’19
Hometown: Eugene, OR
What is your favorite event at L&C: 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!
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!
Sydney Steel ’19
Major: Biology & Environmental Studies
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Reasons for choosing L&C? The Pacific Northwest has always intrigued me, and after I visited campus, I knew that this school was the place to be! Everyone here is so welcoming and supportive. I couldn’t see myself spending my four years anywhere else.
What advice would you give an incoming freshman/transfer student? Get involved with clubs and sports quickly! The friends you make in the first few weeks will be some of your best. Also, make sure you go to the Fred Meyer’s Back to College Night because it is a night full of free groceries and college necessities!
Uwella Rubuga ’19
Major: Economics & Computer Science
Hometown: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
What clubs are you involved in? I am in a lots of clubs. I love learning about other peoples cultures and their history so I am in a lot of ethnic and cultural clubs. I am in the Black Student Union, Bantu Ba Africa Club, French Club, Gente Latina Unida, & Bollywood Club.
What advice would you give incoming freshman? Explore and test your limits. When you make a mistake, take it a s a blessing and an opportunity to learn rather than considering them your weakness.
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.