Azucena Morales Santos
My favorite spot to study on campus is the third floor of Miller because I can see my Hispanic studies professors and soak up the sunlight that hits from the window.
Degree and Class Year
What three words would you use to describe L&C?
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
The financial aid package! It was also the programs at L&C such as the Great Expectations mentorship program for first-year students who are BIPOC and/or first-generation college students and the Xplore program for incoming students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in STEM.
Where do you find community on campus?
I found my community at the Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement office, at Gente Latina Unida events, and at the Race Monologues during the Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies! I am so grateful for the long-lasting friendships I’ve made in those spaces.
If you have studied or will study overseas while at Lewis & Clark, how did you choose your program?
I am going to study abroad in Merida, Mexico! I am so excited for the opportunity to study abroad and enhance my Spanish-speaking skills and my understanding of global issues and perspectives.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
What have been the biggest challenges you have faced at Lewis & Clark?
The biggest challenge I faced in my first year at L&C was feeling homesick during my first week. I would call my mom, crying. With the help of L&C staff, and the support of my fellow Xplore members, I overcame those feelings and have enjoyed my time here.
What’s your best Lewis & Clark memory so far?
My best memory at L&C was presenting my monologue at the Race Monologues event during the Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies in the fall of 2021. I will not forget feeling like I was where I needed to be at that exact moment surrounded by fellow BIPOC friends.
Why did you choose to do the Xplore program? What was the best thing about the Xplore program?
I chose the Xplore Program because I felt that it would equip me with the support and tools I needed to succeed in my first year in college. I wanted to surround myself with fellow BIPOC and/or first-gen students. Looking back, my Xplore peeps kept me going.