Colin J. Blume

A college with a smaller student body has helped me develop deeper connections with my peers and form relationships with faculty and staff.

Colin Blume



Degree and Class Year

BA ’26


Irvine, California


Rhetoric and Media Studies


Art and Art History


Associated Student Body Senator, Campus Activity Board Member, Social Media Coordinator

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

Picturesque, Fulfilling, Collaborative

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

Generally, I liked the idea of devoting all four years to a liberal arts education. Following these four years, I will be more focused and ready to concentrate on a specific field of study. A college with a smaller student body would help me develop deeper connections with my peers and form relationships with faculty and staff.

What do you like or find most interesting about your major?

Rhetoric and media studies challenges me to view the world through different lenses. I am learning to analyze messages; and to understand how differing messages persuade and communicate in multiple forms of media. I am learning to draft compelling messages that move people. I see the value of the knowledge and skills I have gained through this field of study. I look forward to using these skills in everyday life

Tell us about your support systems and social outlets on campus: people, activities, clubs, res halls, etc.

I am lucky to have a great roommate who I met my freshman year. I enjoy returning to my dorm at night, where Jackson and I discuss our day, the week, and things that are weighing on our minds. The faculty and staff I have met are a great source of support and are always good company. Watzek Library is one of my favorite social spots on campus, where I can talk with peers while working on my coursework.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Don’t sweat the small stuff. And most everything is the small stuff. You’ll make mistakes. People will forget those mistakes quickly. You should do the same.

Who is your mentor on campus? Why?

Rocky Campbell is my mentor on campus. He is a staff member who wears many hats. He became my mentor as we shared many conversations in passing. He holds a unique status of being able to view Lewis & Clark from the perspective of a student, staff member, and alumni. The knowledge and advice he has given me has helped me academically and socially.

What’s one of the best spots on campus?

Vaclav Havel’s Place. It is a great spot to share coffee with a fellow student or even bask in the sun on a nice day.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?

My favorite thing about living in Portland is the music scene. I grew up in a Southern California suburb. Although a nice place, it lacks a personality. Portland is full of small venues to enjoy music. The Crystal Ballroom, Hawthorne Theater, and the Roseland Theatre are places that come to mind. This is a great way to spend a Friday or Saturday night with friends

What’s your favorite class? Why?

My favorite class is Rhetorical Discourse, taught by Professor Joe Gantt. Professor Gantt does a great job teaching students to speak persuasively in organized settings. I enjoy both the lectures and the small group discussions. Professor Gantt is perfect for this class. He is gifted at initiating conversations, and his personality creates an engaging atmosphere.

What was most memorable about New Student Orientation?

One of my most memorable experiences was going through New Student Orientation with my peers! There was a tangible sense of excitement on campus. The uncertainty in the air created enthusiasm, and we all felt like we were embarking on a beautiful journey with numerous opportunities ahead of us. Having my peers by my side reassured me that I wouldn’t go through college alone.

Rhetoric and Media  Art and Art History