Loren Pawelski

Loren Pawelski BA '24

Degree and Class Year

BA ’24


International Affairs

What’s your favorite class? Why?

International Political Economy with Dr. Elizabeth Bennett—this is the most comprehensive study of the formation of contemporary global economy available at Lewis & Clark. Dr. Bennett is an expert at accessibly presenting subject material and leading class discussions. I used to dislike economics, but this has become the most valued (and enjoyed!) class I’ve taken at L&C.

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

My primary draw to L&C was the beautiful campus and location within the PNW. As an adventure sport enthusiast, it made for the perfect home base from which to explore while continuing my studies full time.

What do you like or find most interesting about your major?

I appreciate the different scales within which international affairs contextualizes global events (individual, nation-state, international), in addition to the emphasis on interdisciplinary integration.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Go to office hours. Meet with your advisor. Either study abroad or graduate early.

Have you been involved with one of our symposia, as an organizer or participant? What was the experience like? How did the event complement your academic experience?

Being a member of the International Affairs Symposium committee taught me confidence when presenting ideas to peers. Growth often requires discomfort—in this case facing the public refutation of your idea—but it’s all in service of a better event!

Being a cochair this year taught me to step back and look at the bigger picture goals of the event. Committee members’ hard work can be put in jeopardy if the cochairs get stuck in the weeds. This element has been a big challenge and learning experience, in addition to the leadership aspects of this role. I am immensely proud of the committee we put together this year, I could not do my job without their dedication and engagement!

How has College Outdoors influenced and improved your college experience?

My first L&C experience was the New Student Trip backpacking through Mount Adams wilderness in the fall of 2019. Beautiful scenery with awesome trip leaders!

International Affairs