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Dakota Kennedy

Dakota Kennedy '19

Class Year: 2019
Hometown: Monument, Colorado
Major: Chemistry
Minor: Music
Extracurriculars: Resident Advisor, Chemistry Tutor, Queer Student Union

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

Comforting, inspiring, rainy!

What has been your favorite class so far? How did it expand your knowledge?

A History of Western Music with Professor Nora Beck. I learned more about music than I thought possible in this class. Nora is an incredibly brilliant professor who was able to get us engaged in what she was teaching. This has been the only class I’ve ever taken where I was honestly excited to write a research paper!

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

I came to Lewis & Clark for several reasons. First off, I’ve always wanted to live in the Pacific Northwest. Secondly, the size of the school was a huge thing for me. It’s really great to be at a college where all of your professors know you by name. Once I found out that Lewis & Clark has a stellar chemistry program, it didn’t make sense to go anywhere else!

“Lewis & Clark has given me a space where I can discover who I am and who I want to be without worrying about what everyone else might think.”
What’s your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot on campus is room 10 in the music building. It’s a spacious practice room with my favorite piano. I’ll go in there to practice quite often and sometimes I’ll even bring some friends down there to watch a movie on the projector after classes are done for the day.

Do you have a job on campus? If so, how do you fit work into your schedule?

I have two jobs on campus. I am a resident advisor in the Platt-Howard Hall and a chemistry tutor in the Symbolic and Quantitative Reasoning Center (SQRC). As far as making sure I fit everything in my schedule, what’s most important is planning ahead and beating back procrastination with a stick. Both of my jobs have a pretty unpredictable workload, so making sure I get everything done ahead of time ensures that nothing gets left behind.

How has Lewis & Clark changed you?

Lewis & Clark has changed me by letting me be myself. I know it may seem cliché but coming here has been the most freeing experience of my life—both academically and mentally. Lewis & Clark has given me a space where I can discover who I am and who I want to be without worrying about what everyone else might think. I know that I speak for a lot of students when I say that I’m a much different person today than I was when I arrived. But I think that I’m finally me and, for that, I’m grateful.

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