Degree and Class Year
What three words would you use to describe L&C?
What’s your favorite class? How has it expanded your knowledge?
The course on the Global South has been my favorite so far. As someone from the Middle East, my academic studies and knowledge were predominantly centered on the Middle East and North Africa. This class provided me with an opportunity to examine the broader region of the Global South, which includes a diverse group of countries and cultures. Through this course, I gained a deeper understanding of the region’s historical and contemporary development, struggles, and efforts towards identity formation and global peace. Prior to this class, I had limited knowledge of these topics, but now I have a more comprehensive and nuanced perspective on them.
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
My interest in both nature and city life led me to search for a college with a strong international affairs program and a close-knit community. The location of Lewis & Clark was a perfect match for my needs, as the campus offers abundant outdoor opportunities while also being situated in one of the most scenic areas in the U.S., with easy access to the city of Portland, just 15 minutes away. Additionally, the small class sizes at Lewis & Clark allowed for a more personalized educational experience and facilitated close relationships with professors, which in turn has provided valuable research opportunities. Therefore, Lewis & Clark’s combination of academic excellence, community, and location made it a great fit for me.
How did your financial aid package influence your decision to attend Lewis & Clark?
As a citizen of Jordan, I had access to free university education, which made financial assistance a crucial factor in my decision to attend Lewis & Clark. The financial aid package offered by the college played a significant role in my decision, and Lewis & Clark was among the most generous schools in this regard. Therefore, the financial support I received from the college greatly influenced my decision to attend Lewis & Clark.
What do you think the value of a liberal arts education is?
In my opinion, a liberal arts education provides the opportunity for a more customized and comprehensive academic experience, with a focus on one’s intended major while also promoting exploration of other areas of interest. This approach to education is crucial for personal growth and development. By providing a well-rounded education, liberal arts institutions help students acquire strong critical-thinking and communication skills, as well as the ability to approach problems from multiple perspectives.