Jordan Gonzalez (he/him)
Class Year: 2021
Hometown: Chandler, Arizona
Majors: Mathematics and Chemistry (double)
What three words would you use to describe L&C?
Welcoming, mellow, home
What’s your favorite class? How has it expanded your knowledge?
My favorite class was organic chemistry with Louis Kuo and Casey Jones. There is an inherent beauty in understanding how different molecules behave and come together to synthesize new molecules. My experience in organic chemistry at Lewis and Clark has really allowed me to appreciate this beauty.
“When I saw the incredible campus and interacted with some of the faculty, choosing Lewis & Clark was a no-brainer.”
Who is your mentor on campus? Why do you consider this person your mentor?
I would consider Professor Kuo to be my mentor because he is the first professor on campus that I met, and he encouraged me to pursue a chemistry major. However, I have to acknowledge the professors in the math and chemistry departments, all of whom have been a tremendous help in my academic career so far.
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
I wanted to come to Lewis in Clark to continue to play the sport I love. When I saw the incredible campus and interacted with some of the faculty, choosing Lewis & Clark was a no-brainer.
Why do you choose to play baseball at a DIII school? How do you balance athletics and academics?
A DIII school was the best option for me because I knew that my coaches would allow me to prioritize academics. In order to help me balance school and baseball, I do my best to plan out when and where I will do homework so that I can stay ahead of my schedule. There are weeks which are particularly stressful, so I remind myself to breathe and take it one day at a time.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
Make mistakes, talk in class, respect your peers and professors, and most importantly, have fun!
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
The weight room.
What’s your best Lewis & Clark memory so far?
My first snow day ever.
How do you manage stress?
I make a list and check things off one at a time.