Sydney Cross (she/her)
Class Year: 2021
Hometown: Mount Shasta, California
Major: International Affairs
Overseas Study: Athens, Greece (fall 2019)
What three words would you use to describe L&C?
Opportunity, beautiful, challenging
What’s your favorite class? How has it expanded your knowledge?
My favorite class was United States Foreign Policy which is taught by Cyrus Partovi. During this class I learned so much about the U.S. and how countries all over the world interact with each other from a historical perspective.
Who is your mentor on campus? Why do you consider this person your mentor?
My mentor on campus is Cyrus Partovi. He is my advisor for my international affairs major. I consider him my mentor because when I need advice or help with school/classes or with career/educational plans after Lewis & Clark I go to him.
“Playing sports at a DIII school is so amazing because all of the coaches and other athletic faculty are always extremely supportive of every athlete’s academics.”
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
I wanted to come to Lewis & Clark because I knew it was a very prestigious school that would challenge me academically and prepare me for life after school and my future career. I also love Portland, which made L&C even more appealing, and I had the opportunity to continue my softball career. Overall, I knew L&C would be the perfect fit for me.
If you have studied or will study overseas while at Lewis & Clark, how did you choose your program? What did your overseas study add to your L&C experience so far?
I chose to study abroad in Athens, Greece, because it was always a dream of mine to explore all the country’s ancient history. My overseas experience allowed me to see and experience a different part of the world. It also enriched my educational experience at LC because I was able to bring back everything that I learned, such as history and working with refugees on the island of Lesvos, and apply them to all of my classes.
Why did you choose to play softball at a DIII school? How do you balance athletics and academics?
I chose to play softball at a DIII school because I knew my academics would always come first. My academics are my number one priority and I love that I have the opportunity to be completely committed to my classes and grades. Playing sports at a DIII school is so amazing because all of the coaches and other athletic faculty are always extremely supportive of every athlete’s academics. DIII sports are perfect because I can be a full-time student and also play my favorite sport on top of that. It takes a lot of time management and extra hours in the library to manage both school and sports, but in the end, it is all worth it because I am making unforgettable memories with my team, and also earning an amazing education.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is the softball field. It’s the place where I can go to relax and just have fun with my teammates and play the sport we all love.
What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?
My favorite thing about living in Portland is that there so many fun things to do outside of school, such as going to the movies, restaurants, farmers’ markets, shopping, museums, and professional athletic games.