I decided to come to Lewis & Clark because when I visited campus, it felt like home.
Degree and Class Year
What three words would you use to describe L&C?
What’s your favorite class? Why?
My favorite class I’ve ever taken at L&C would be Social Power of Music with Associate Professor Bruce Podobnik. It was a class that made me look at the pop culture references I already knew and think about them in academic terms. I ended up writing my final paper about the Spice Girls, something I never expected to do in college.
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
I decided to come to Lewis & Clark because I remember taking my campus tour and the campus felt like home. It felt like a place I could see myself living for four years—eating in the dining hall, living in the residence halls, studying in the library. My philosophy around picking a college was that I should be somewhere that felt like home and somewhere where I would actually be happy and thrive, both academically and socially. That place was Lewis & Clark for me.
What do you like or find most interesting about your major?
My favorite thing about my major is the fact that it really makes me think critically about the world around me. Sociology and anthropology is all about examining the world around us and thinking about why things are the way that they are. This ranges from looking at things like music and art to deep political decisions. It excites me to be able to think about the world in ways that are deeper than I would have been able to before.
What do you like or find most interesting about your minor?
What I love about health studies is that it combines science and social investigation. I really enjoy the fact that the minor stimulates both parts of my brain—the part that loves science and the part that loves social relations. Studying public health allowed me to find something I was really passionate about that melds the two sides together.
Tell us about your support systems and social outlets on campus: people, activities, clubs, res halls, etc.
One thing about Lewis & Clark that allowed me to thrive socially is the fact that it is a tight-knit community. Due to the fact that it is a smaller college, you do get to know a lot of familiar faces. It’s almost impossible to go to somewhere like Watzek Library and not run into someone you know. This is something I really like because it feels really cool to feel a part of a greater community.
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 chose to study abroad in Granada, Spain, because it was a great opportunity to challenge myself with my Spanish-speaking abilities. I had always wanted to visit Europe and use my language skills in scenarios outside of the classroom. Overall, it added to my L&C experience because it allowed me to use the tools that all my different classes at L&C gave me in the real world in places I never expected to use them.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
My advice would be to truly try everything. Lewis & Clark will open up so many opportunities for you that you’ve never been exposed to before. I am of the belief that this means that you should try them all because you’ll never know what you’ll find out is your thing. Life is short, so why not try everything?