Roland Berg (he/him)
Class Year: 2022
Hometown: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Major: Biology and Psychology (potentially)
Extracurriculars: Community Chorale, Admissions Ambassador (lunch host), intramural sports
What three words would you use to describe L&C?
Three’s too few!
What’s your favorite class? How has it expanded your knowledge?
My favorite class I have taken so far was my fall section of Exploration and Discovery taught by Kristin Fujie, an English professor. I really appreciated how the intimate classroom setting allowed me to form a close connection with both my professor and my other classmates. In fact, this class was so interesting that it single-handedly motivated me to take an English class with Kristin the following semester! I loved covering such a wide range of material, and it was so rewarding to find connections between works that seemed so different from one another. This class made me such a better critical thinker, and my writing improved exponentially.
“Lewis & Clark made me feel wanted as a student.”
Who is your mentor on campus? Why do you consider this person your mentor?
One of my mentors is Professor Kristin Fujie from the English department. I consider her to be my mentor because in addition to being an amazing teacher, I feel like I can go to her to talk about whatever. It is so nice to just sit down in office hours and have a one-on-one conversation, whether or not it’s related to class material. My other mentor on campus is Margaret Metz, a biology professor. I recently started doing research with her, and learning from her about what actual biological research looks and feels like has been so valuable. Working with her has been a joy, and I can’t wait to continue!
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
I had a number of criteria going into my college search: far from home, small liberal arts, close to a major metropolitan area, etc. In addition to checking all of these boxes, Lewis & Clark made me feel wanted as a student. When I was visiting, the students I interacted with were genuine and friendly, going the extra mile to make my experience enjoyable and valuable just because they could. Something clicked and suddenly I could see myself calling this campus home for four years.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
Go with your gut. If it’s telling you something, chances are you should listen!
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
It’s not technically on campus, but Tryon Creek State Natural Area is incredible (and close enough to basically be called campus!). It’s perfect for going on a walk with friends or just taking a minute by yourself if you feel overwhelmed.
What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?
The food! I am constantly trying new restaurants and coffee shops, and it’s awesome knowing I won’t even come close to running out in four years!
Have you had the opportunity to do research with a professor? If so, please describe the project and the experience.
I recently started working in Professor Margaret Metz’s biology lab to help with her research. She has a number of different projects going on, but the one I am predominantly helping with is a population ecology study in forests near Wind River in Washington. It has been so valuable to get research experience as an undergraduate, and Metz and her team have been extremely helpful and kind throughout the process.
What have been the biggest challenges you have faced at Lewis & Clark?
I struggled with a lot of homesickness when I first arrived on campus. I didn’t really comprehend how far 1,000+ miles actually felt, so it was a bit of a shock realizing that once I got to campus. Luckily, I had a great group of friends that helped me through it, and L&C offers tons of resources to help students get more acclimated.
What’s your best Lewis & Clark memory so far?
Definitely my College Outdoors New Student Trip. I spent a week kayaking, hiking, and camping on Waldo Lake in Oregon, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. In addition to the beauty of being in the outdoors and the excitement of trying something new, I met an amazing group of friends that I am still close with!