Rachel Pearlman

I could never imagine any other path for myself since L&C has made such a positive impact on my life.

Rachel Pearlman '18



Degree and Class Year

BA ’18


Laguna Beach, California




Association of Non-Traditional Students

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

Green, Hobbits, Unpredictable

What’s your favorite class? How has it expanded your knowledge?

I really do not like the idea of choosing one favorite class since I have enjoyed so many. I will say the most unforgettable course I have taken so far is Intermediate Microeconomics with Professor Art O’Sullivan. This course laid the foundation that I needed to be successful in other econ courses. Professor O’Sullivan wrote the textbook used in the course, and I still refer to it when I need to refresh on microeconomic theory.

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

As an older, non-traditional student, I knew that I wanted to stay in Portland for the foreseeable future. While earning my associate’s degree at Portland Community College, I did not even think Lewis & Clark was a feasible option for a student in my unique position. One day I went to talk to my English professor, and he encouraged me to apply to L&C and other academically challenging schools in the area. I told him that I could never afford it, and he explained to me that I was a good candidate for a scholarship. Thanks to his encouragement, I applied, got a more than generous financial aid package, and fell in love with the campus the first time I visited. Now, I could never imagine any other path for myself since L&C has made such a positive impact on my life in so many ways.

Have you had the chance to do research with a professor during your time at L&C? If so, describe that research.

I had the incredible opportunity to work as research assistant to Professor Aine McCarthy in the economics department over summer 2017. We examined the relationship between family size and children’s educational attainment in developing countries. I conducted a thorough review of economics literature, compiled an annotated bibliography, wrote a literature review using the type-setting program LaTeX, managed international census data, and conducted a preliminary data analysis using Stata. I learned invaluable skills and became interested in development economics as a result of this experience.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

Try reaching out to a professor in a department you are interested in. Most professors are excited to tell you what their classes are like, what they expect of their students, and their general thoughts about L&C.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

The second floor of the library near the big windows in the quiet area

What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?

The incredible food scene, the ease of getting around without a car by bike or public transportation, the laid back and creative energy of the people.