John Carr

The biology and art programs individually gave me both real world and conceptual practice experience.

John Carr BA '21



Degree and Class Year

BA ’21


Los Angeles, California

Current City

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Biology and Studio Art (double)


Gaming Society

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

Beautiful, Patient, Responsive

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

In all honesty, the campus and the rain. I cared more for scenery but I found far more in my programs and professors.

What have you been doing since graduation?

Working between different biology labs as a technician. Ceramics projects, political action, and community engagement.

How did Lewis & Clark prepare you for your job?

The biology and art programs individually gave me both real world and conceptual practice experience. My majors were extremely thorough and provided me with a great foundation in my current efforts.

What would you say is the most important thing you learned at Lewis & Clark?

How to stop and reconsider, and, more importantly, to listen.

How do you stay connected to Lewis & Clark as an alum?

I’m on the board for the Northeast Alumni Chapter, and I make sure to stay in contact with professors and other random people from college.

What was your favorite class? How did it expand your knowledge?

My favorite class had to have been Cell Biology. It whipped me incredibly hard, and I got a B in it. It became less about the grade, and more about learning. After a whole semester of trying my damndest to get a 100 on the homework, which was extraordinarily hard, the teacher called me in to present me with it. I learned more in that class than I would have expected. I’m glad I was open to the criticism I received.

Where did you find your community on campus?

Gaming Society, the student club on campus, is where I made my friends.

Who was your mentor on campus? Why do you consider this person your mentor?

I had plenty of people rooting for me and offering me advice. It could be Dylan Beck, an adjunct ceramics professor; Casey Jones, a chemistry professor; Sharon Torigoe a biology professor, or Tamily Weissman-Unni, a biology profess. It’s only in hindsight I really recognized the time and energy each of them gave me.

Biology Studio Art