Degree and Class Year
What three words would you use to describe L&C?
What’s your favorite class? Why?
Critical Perspectives on Development with Associate Professor Maryann Bylander. I think L&C has a great sociology and anthropology department, and this class shifted my perspective so much when it comes to global development projects. Everyone should take a class with Professor Bylander, you will learn a lot about how the world really works!
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
I came to L&C because of the environmental studies program, the beautiful campus, and the tight-knit and creative community. I also thought it was super cool that students put on drag shows on campus.
What do you like or find most interesting about your major?
I love that environmental studies is so interdisciplinary! We take classes from so many different departments and get a wide range of perspectives, and I love to find the connections between them!
Tell us about your support systems and social outlets on campus: people, activities, clubs, res halls, etc.
I love my friends very much and spending time with them is one of my favorite parts of college. I also love being involved with clubs and student orgs on campus since we have so many amazing ones! I got involved with student government as a first-year student when I was elected to the Senate, and this past year I was a cabinet member and led the health and wellness committee. I am also a club officer for our Student Voters Club and I love organizing events for that. One of my favorite extracurriculars is my KPH Radio show that I host with my best friend. It’s super fun to talk and play music on there!
What advice do you have for incoming students?
Get involved with student clubs/orgs!! It is such a good way to get involved and make friends with similar interests. During New Student Orientation, go to the club fair and write your email down for anything that interests you!
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?
I am currently a cochair for the fall 2023 Environment Across Boundaries (ENVX) Symposium. Our theme this year is Life Within Capitalism: Reconsidering Market Consequences and the Earth System. It has been so cool to find speakers and organize events, and I am so excited to hold the symposium in the fall!
If you went on a New Student Trip with College Outdoors, how did it shape your experience as an incoming student?
I went on the Creative Arts PDX New Student Trip, which was amazing and really helped me adjust to college, so I’m very glad I went on that. We got to go do so many cool things in Portland and create a lot of art. I also met my best friend on this trip! I think everyone should go on a NST if they are able to, it’s a great opportunity to create long-lasting friendships.
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?
I am very excited to be going on the Spring 2024 New Zealand study abroad program! I chose it because I am very interested in learning more about the ecology of NZ as it is a biodiversity hotspot.
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 Platt and Copeland halls. Platt was very artsy and when I lived there I was part of the Visual and Performing Arts Living-Learning Community. That was awesome because our doors were chalkboards so we could draw on them and personalize them however we wanted. Another cool thing about living in the halls is that the residence advisors work really hard to put on super cool events for us!
What’s one of the best spots on campus?
I’m a big fan of the Watzek Library study rooms. The ravine is also a very nice spot to go on walks.
What’s one of your best Lewis & Clark memories so far?
Every year KPH Radio puts on a music festival called Sunburn. This year Haley Heynderickx headlined it, and she was absolutely amazing!
How has Lewis & Clark changed you?
My two years at L&C have given me an incredible community of peers, amazing classes, and some really cool leadership opportunities! I feel so much more responsible and confident in myself, and I am so excited for these next two years!