Abhimanyu Rajshekar

Admissions Counselor
California (see county list), Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin

Additional Information

615 S. Palatine Hill Road
Portland, OR 97219
Phone: 503-768-7061
Fax: 503-768-7055
Email: arajshekar@lclark.edu

Home Town: I grew up in Thrissur, a town in Kerala, a state that is fondly referred to as God’s own country in India. The natural beauty of my state is simply stunning - I was drawn to the PNW because I wanted to remain in close proximity to nature.

Favorite spot on campus: The estate gardens. On a clear day, you can see Mt. Hood in all its glory, which I find extremely humbling and grounding.

Little-known fact about me: I am a huge fan of tennis! I was training to play the sport professionally as a teenager, I unfortunately had to stop playing when my lower back got injured. I still follow the game avidly, and I got to realize a big childhood dream of mine earlier in September when I watched several matches live at the US open!

Piece of advice for students in the college search process: Don’t be afraid to take risks as you are writing your personal statement, especially if you are wanting to be honest about an integral part of your life and identity. For my personal statement, I decided I wanted it to take the form of a spoken word - I believed that it provided my journey the space it needed and allowed me to demonstrate my passion for storytelling and creative writing.

Favorite place to spend time in Portland: This is a tough one! I can’t single in on one place - I absolutely love the spring-water corridor bike trail, all of our food cart pods ( especially the Portland Mercado, Cartlandia, Cartopia, and Hawthorne Asylum), the innumerable hiking trails in the Gorge (Dog Mountain is my favorite) and several thrift stores (I adore Buffalo Exchange and House of Vintage on Hawthorne).

If I was stranded on a desert island, I would want these three things: A radio (to listen to music and eventually use it to get out of the island haha), a writing instrument, and a journal.

If I didn’t work in Admissions, I would be: My best friends from across the world and I have always wanted to start a café, where we’d have dishes from each of the countries we come from, and provide space for artists and organizers to be in community with each other.