Bailey Yoo Rim Steinbach
*Student-supplied profile photo due to COVID-19. Thank you, Bailey!
Bailey Yoo Rim Steinbach (she/her)
Class Year: 2022
Hometown: Cebu, Philippines and Lincoln, Nebraska
Major: Asian Studies (China Concentration)
Extracurriculars: International Students and Scholars and Third Culture Kids Office Student Intern, Third Culture Kids (TCK) board president, Student Alumni Association ambassador
Overseas study: Taiwan (full year 2020-21)
What three words would you use to describe L&C?
Home, growth, joyful
What was your favorite class? How did it expand your knowledge?
My favorite class is Early East Asian Art with Dawn Odell. Not only is Dawn compassionate, learned, and supportive, but her course equipped me to critically examine how I understand Asian art, histories, and settings. I came out of Dawn’s course with newfound confidence and passion for analyzing the narratives behind Asian art. Dawn’s class also further inspired me to pursue my Asian Studies major and impassioned me to continue educating myself on Chinese art and culture.
Who is your mentor on campus? Why do you consider this person your mentor?
My mentor on campus is Keith Dede. Keith has taught most of my Chinese courses and is also my Chinese minor advisor. Additionally, during my first year at Lewis & Clark, Keith was my faculty advisor. For two years now, he has actively encouraged me to persist in my collegiate goals, supported me with kind words, and has provided me with countless academic opportunities. Keith has helped me to become a more fearless and optimistic Asian Studies and Chinese student. I will always be grateful for this.
“Lewis & Clark students experience an education that is comprehensive and highly personal.”
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
Lewis & Clark was one of the only schools I applied to that distinctly recognized me for being a Third Culture Kid. After growing up in four different countries, and finally settling in the U.S. during high school, I was searching for a college that could offer me a personal experience and a diverse community. From day one, L&C appreciated my TCK background and validated my need to be immersed in an environment that would offer me numerous opportunities to engage with the world.
How do you describe the liberal arts?
Approachable, deliberate, and flexible. Lewis & Clark students experience an education that is comprehensive and highly personal. We are able to engage with topics that we’re actually interested in learning about and we have access to professors and mentors eager to assist us in our academic journey and into the real world. I feel very lucky to be here.
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?
During the full 2020–21 school year, I will study abroad in Taipei, Taiwan at National Taiwan University. Lewis & Clark offers opportunities to study abroad in regions where students can see themselves thriving. When I found out that we offer a program in Taipei at NTU, I was overjoyed! I chose this program as I hoped to significantly improve my Chinese skills while also being in a charming, welcoming cosmopolitan city. My study abroad program will be an immersive, year-long program that includes a mandatory internship component. I’m incredibly eager to be in an environment that will encourage a constant use of Mandarin and will engage me in Taiwanese community and history.
What advice do you have for prospective students?
Always be prepared for unexpected (and expected) change. College is all about personal transformation and, while it may seem overwhelming, you will come out of the experience realizing that each flash of time has become your favorite memory! Change is amazing. It is something that should be anticipated, but also enjoyed—especially during your youth!
What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?
The neighborhoods! Some of my favorite memories of college have come from spontaneous travels to different parts of the city to try new foods, visit different vintage shops, and study in the most adorable study-nooks. Portland is such a beautiful city (at least in my opinion) and it has so easily become my home!