Erin Khong (she/her)
Class Year: 2021
Hometown: Long Beach, California
Extracurriculars: Student Life Intern, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Pre-Health Club, Luau Dancer, Women’s Swim, Track and Field, New Student Orientation Leader (NSO)
What three words would you use to describe L&C?
Relationships, connections, beautiful
What’s your favorite class? How has it expanded your knowledge?
Intro to Sociology with Professor JaDee Carathers. It has expanded my knowledge by showing me how to be more socially aware and correct in the ways that I speak. Also, I learned that cultures vary in every aspect of life and from every single individual that you meet.
Who is your mentor on campus? Why do you consider this person your mentor?
“Get out of your comfort zone, meet new people, and build those connections.”
My mentor on campus is everyone that works in student life because I cannot choose just one person. They are all my mentors because they teach and show me the best ways to handle situations, and they support me in anything I want to pursue.
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
I wanted to come to Lewis & Clark because of the inclusive community. I knew that getting my education at a small liberal arts school would be the best opportunity and fit for me because of the intimate class size and setting to be able to build close relationships with peers and professors.
How did you get involved with Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME) and/or Campus Living? What has your involvement with IME and/or Campus Living added to your L&C experience?
I got involved with IME because I went on their Great Expectations mentorship retreat. They put together a wonderful event where I got to meet students that are similar to me. During the retreat, they informed us about resources on campus and we got to meet with some of the professors. My experience with IME made me feel included and that I had a safe space to go to if and when I needed anything. My involvement with Campus Living is that I was a New Student Orientation leader this year. It was such an incredible experience to represent L&C and show the incoming class the culture of the college.
Tell us about the offices you’re involved with on campus. What has your involvement with those offices added to your L&C experience?
I am involved with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and it has allowed me to learn more about the conduct and policy side of our campus. I’ve also learned about our campus’ use of restorative justice and why that is important.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
Get out of your comfort zone, meet new people, and build those connections.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
The glade right in front of Pamplin on a sunny day.
How do you balance athletics and academics?
I balance athletics and academics by making a schedule and setting a game plan to get all my work done before competitions and making sure I communicate with my professors and coaches.