The best class I have ever taken is Medicine, Healing, and Culture. It was extremely mind expanding, and I now think about and approach subjects in a completely new way.
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What three words would you use to describe L&C?
What’s your favorite class? Why?
The best class I have ever taken is Medicine, Healing, and Culture with Assistant Professor Sepideh Bajracharya. As a STEM student, this sociology and anthropology class was very different from anything I had ever taken before. It was extremely mind expanding, and I now think about and approach subjects in a completely new way.
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
I really wanted to go to a liberal arts school and appreciated that L&C has very small classes and many extracurricular activities. I was also drawn to L&C because students are able to take a wide variety of classes in subjects different from their major.
What do you like or find most interesting about your major?
I have always loved everything about science and have enjoyed delving deeper into biology. I especially enjoy marine biology and behavioral ecology, and love having hands-on labs outside of the classroom.
Tell us about your support systems and social outlets on campus: people, activities, clubs, res halls, etc.
I have made many amazing friends through classes and the various programs I am a part of. I mostly participate in College Outdoors where I am a trip leader and help organize and lead weekend trips, Spring Break trips, and New Student trips. I am also part of the Hawai‘i Club and dance hula in our Lu’au. Along with that, I have played on the Artemis Ultimate Frisbee team for two years, and enjoy going to Paddle Club every Wednesday.
If you went on a New Student Trip with College Outdoors, how did it shape your experience as an incoming student?
I made some of my closest friends on my New Student Trip. It really helped me transition into college, and I loved adventuring in nature with new people before starting school. I feel lucky to now lead New Student trips and give first-year students the same experience that I had.
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?
Next spring I will be going on the Australia biology study abroad program. I chose this program because I have always wanted to go to Australia and experience the incredible amount of biodiversity there. I am also really excited to see the Great Barrier Reef and take more hands-on STEM classes.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
Don’t be afraid to push yourself out of your comfort zone and try new things. I never thought I would be on the Ultimate Frisbee team or join paddle club but now I cannot imagine my college experience without them.