Natalie Zoz

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Pronouns

she/her

Degree and Class Year

BA ’23

Hometown

Lincoln, Nebraska

Major

Computer science

Minor

Chinese

Extracurriculars

Adoptee Club, Great Expectations Mentor

Overseas study

Taiwan

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

Inclusive, Diverse, Beautiful

What’s your favorite class? How has it expanded your knowledge?

Network Security with Professor of Computer Science Jens Mache. This class challenged my problem-solving skills and taught me about the intricacies of our modern network systems. This class was also a lot of fun because, as students, we were able to apply what we learned through real-world scenarios.

Who is your mentor on campus? Why do you consider this person your mentor?

Dominique Gardner in Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement. I think that everyone who knows Dom knows just how supportive and caring she is. She has always made campus a welcoming place for me, and I feel that I can always go to her when I need advice.

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

I was initially unsure about attending Lewis & Clark, but after visiting the campus I was ultimately drawn to the close-knit community and the motivated atmosphere of the campus. I had this gut feeling where I could imagine myself among the students at L&C.

How do you describe the liberal arts?

I would describe the liberal arts as the combination of the humanities and the sciences. The liberal arts challenges your view of the world and cultivates you into a more open-minded and inquisitive learner.

Where do you find community on campus?

I always find community at the dining hall. For some reason, there is something unifying about coming together to share a meal in the same space. Even though you might not know everyone, it still feels nice to sit with your friends and see your community around you.

Which residence halls have you lived in? How would you describe the hall’s personality? What is/was the best thing about living on campus?

I’ve lived in Akin and Holmes. Akin is small and quiet, and the community there is very friendly and close knit. Holmes is a lot bigger, but it has a cozy feel and there is always someone new to meet while living there. The best part about living on campus is living with your peers and being so close to the community at Lewis & Clark.

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 intend to study abroad in Taiwan during spring 2022. I chose this program because I’m intrigued by the diverse Taiwanese culture and would like to explore a part of the world I’ve never seen before.

Did you choose to do all-remote learning or hybrid learning this academic year? How did you make your choice?

I chose to do all-remote learning from home in the fall, and hybrid learning on campus in the spring. I found that all-remote learning was especially difficult for me because of the lack of connection I felt between myself and my studies. Since returning to campus, I feel much more motivated and focused on my classes.

What are the main challenges you’ve faced as a student during the pandemic?

One of the main challenges I’ve faced as a student during the pandemic has been the cancellation of future plans and the increased uncertainty of life after college.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Follow your gut instincts and pursue opportunities that truly make you happy.