I really appreciated the quality of faculty at L&C, as well as the overall vibe of the school and city.
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What three words would you use to describe L&C?
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
When looking for schools out of high school, I really appreciated the quality of faculty at L&C, as well as the overall vibe of the school and city. The culture of Portland and the Pacific Northwest as a whole was something that was very different from what I was used to, but definitely benefited me overall.
What have you been doing since graduation?
After graduation, I started my Master’s program in Physics at San Jose State. In my last semester, I applied and was offered a teaching job at my alma mater, Archbishop Mitty High School.
How did Lewis & Clark prepare you for post-college life?
The faculty at Lewis & Clark always did their best to educate above and beyond the typical curriculum, and I felt extremely prepared for grad school academically. As I enter my 3rd year of teaching, I realize and appreciate now that not only did L&C develop my background in the content of Math/Physics, but also taught me how to learn. Without having a teaching background, the examples of extraordinary teachers, and overall life lessons I encountered at L&C prepared me very well for learning the craft.
What would you say is the most important thing you learned at Lewis & Clark?
Lewis & Clark prepared me for the rigors of juggling a busy schedule. As a double major student-athlete, there was a lot to deal with in really tough classes with high expectations, all on limited time with practices and games. Getting through this for four years really helped prepare me to handle the rigors of being a teacher and a coach, and-more recently-a father.
Why did you major in Mathematics and Physics?
I enjoy physics because it is able to quantitatively explain our universe and world around us, and is complimented so nicely by mathematics.
How do you stay connected to Lewis & Clark as an alum?
I always keep tabs on the newsletters and social media, especially the baseball program. It was awesome to watch the team win their first ever conference championship and compete in the NCAA tournament.
How do you describe the liberal arts?
A liberal arts school attempts to educate the entire person. Its goal is to not teach to a profession, but to teach how to learn and be a scholar.
What was your favorite class? How did it expand your knowledge?
My favorite class was Quantum Mechanics with Mohamed Anber. Quantum is notorious for being difficult and “funky,” and Mohamed did a very good job of encouraging curiosity and showing mastery in his academic background.
Where did you find your community on campus?
I was definitely closest to my teammates and classmates. My class of physics majors was very small, around 12 or 13, which gave us the opportunity to really get to know and work with each other: something that would probably not have been the case at a much bigger school.