Degree and Class Year
What three words would you use to describe L&C?
What’s your favorite class? How has it expanded your knowledge?
My favorite class was Introduction to Contemporary Asian Studies with Kabir Heimsath. It really taught me about small but important facets in Asian culture that aren’t talked about often in the West. Some examples are how social connections and relationships keep small businesses alive in Tsukiji, Japan; who qualifies as an outsider and insider and how set in stone these classifications are; and the complexities and controversies of sex as a way to do business in Vietnam and other countries in Asia.
Who is your mentor on campus? Why do you consider this person your mentor?
I feel like I don’t have just one mentor. I’d say Keith Dede (Chinese) and Dan Balmer (music) are my mentors. Keith constantly pushes me to challenge myself through the exploration of different studies while Dan encourages me to honk the saxophone with confidence and guts.
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
When I first visited, I felt at home with the expanse of trees, rain, and of course, ever-present Northwest clouds. It was close enough to my home-city (a 3-hour drive) in case of an emergency but far away enough that I could be independent.
Why did you choose to participate in Winterim? What is the relationship between entrepreneurship and the liberal arts?
I wanted to gain more exposure to the entrepreneurial world. When reading about commerce in the newspaper or visiting stores at a mall, there isn’t a whole lot of talk about how their essential processes & activities fit together with their customer relations, partners, and revenue. Seeing how the cogs and bolts go together in a business was really helpful in defining my professional goals. I’d say the relationship between entrepreneurship and the liberal arts is critical thinking. For both, you are asked to solve a problem and that critical thinking is the most essential tool. You aren’t going to reach a meaningful solution unless you think carefully and deeply.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
Experiment. Explore. Figuring out your dislikes is equally important as figuring out your likes.
How do you manage stress?
Work out to lower your level of anxiety. Use a planner to take the stress off your brain so it doesn’t have to remember as many things.
How has Lewis & Clark changed you?
Lewis & Clark definitely encourages a think-for-yourself mentality. There are different viewpoints here and a lot of quirky individuals so matter you’ll definitely find a place to belong.