Whitney Maxfield

Whitney Maxfield BA '25



Degree and Class Year

BA ’25


Riverton, Utah




Data Science


Swimming, photography

Overseas study

Looking into Australia study abroad

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

Unique, Scenic, Open-minded

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

My favorite class so far has been Biological Core Concepts: Systems with Visiting Assistant Professor Emma Wear. It was a great introduction to ecology, evolution, and the more complex parts of biology. I love the way it has expanded how I view the world around me and helped solidify my passion for biology.

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

The environment of Lewis & Clark was unlike any other college I visited. It is an amazing place to wake up to every day.

How do you describe the liberal arts?

I would describe the liberal arts as an opportunity to become a better person by developing critical-thinking skills and opening your mind to new perspectives.

Where do you find community on campus?

I have found community through being a part of the swim team as well as through student-led events on campus.

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?

Right now I live in Copeland Hall, which has definitely made for a fun first-year experience. Copeland has so many people I am able to connect with and it makes it easy to find friends in every hall. My favorite part about living on campus is how close everyone gets. You’re constantly surrounded by friends and new people. Living on campus allowed me to bond with other students about the new but somewhat stressful experiences of our first year.

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 am hoping to attend the Australia biology program. I am interested in going because it is a biology-focused program. It will also be a great opportunity to meet new people and build relationships and new experiences.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?

My favorite thing about living in Portland is how many unique places there are to visit. I can find a new place to go with friends every single weekend. I especially love all of the places around the city that allow me to get out into nature. There’s so much to explore here. It is like a never-ending playground.