Julian Diaz

Digital Media has been my favorite class! It simultaneously introduced me to the world of coding and expanded my views on what art can be; I have yet to take a class as fun and impactful as that one has been. It was a major factor in my choosing computer science as my major.

Julian Diaz BA ?24

Pronouns

he/him

Degree and Class Year

BA ’24

Hometown

Los Angeles, California

Major

Computer Science

Minor

Japanese

Overseas study

Planning on going to Fukuoka, Japan

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

Progressive, Beautiful, Friendly

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

Digital Media with Assistant Professor Brian House! Such a kind man teaching such an interesting subject! The class simultaneously introduced me to the world of coding and expanded my views on what art can be; I have yet to take a class as fun and impactful as that one has been.

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

The liberal arts approach really made me want to come to Lewis & Clark, as I wanted to explore various subjects before settling on an area that I felt comfortable majoring in!

How do you describe the liberal arts?

To me, the liberal arts is a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. No matter what side you major in, elements of the other will find their way to you. The liberal arts make sure one cannot neglect either side!

Where do you find community on campus?

I find community with my friends, wherever that may be!

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 Stewart and Copeland so far! Stewart is a quieter hall that emphasizes academics and wellness (only accentuated by its proximity to various halls and athletic centers), while Copeland is much more lively and social. There’s always something happening somewhere in Copeland, which is ideal for meeting people! Living anywhere on campus is great though, thanks to the small size of the campus that makes everything easily accessible.

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?

Having multiple programs to choose from within Japan was a huge help. After a process of elimination, I chose Fukuoka as my desired program. I decided this program would be the best fit for me as the level of dedication to the Japanese language was what I sought, and the city itself is very international. I’m planning on studying abroad in the first semester of my senior year.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

The reflecting pool gazebos and the lawn at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling are both serious contenders! However, long Watzek Library study room nights with friends have become a personal favorite recently.

How did you decide on a major?

I was extremely indecisive on what I wanted to major in at first, considering studio art or art history. As much as I love these subjects, I did not feel comfortable majoring in either. This feeling remained until I took Digital Media and learned to make art using code. This amazing class opened my eyes to the world of coding, and is a major factor in my choosing computer science as my major.