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Anna Schall

Anna Schall ’20

Class Year: 2020
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Majors: Mathematics and Economics (double)
Minor: Computer Science
Extracurriculars: Pioneer Log
Overseas study: Budapest, Hungary (planned for summer 2019)

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

Welcoming, adaptive, tranquil

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

My favorite class at Lewis & Clark so far is Michael Mirabile’s second-semester Exploration and Discovery course: Suspense, Horror, and Paranoia. It was out of my area of expertise but interested me greatly, and I came away from it with sharper analyzation skills.

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

I was drawn to the small size of L&C. And the campus is so gorgeous. I think having so many places to comfortably study without getting bored is essential to a good college experience.

“There’s no one right way to do college. Just try your best and don’t sweat the little things.”
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 so far?

In the summer between my junior and senior years, I plan to go to Budapest to study mathematics. I chose the program after talking to many people in the math department, including students who have done the program. I’m very excited to go.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

There’s no one right way to do college. Just try your best and don’t sweat the little things.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

The library, despite the awful lighting.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?

I love the people who live here. There’s always so much to do because everyone is so passionate about what they do that they want to share it with everyone else.

How did you decide on a major?

I fell in love with statistics in my high school AP Statistics class, and just sort of naturally made my way over to math and econ.

What have been the biggest challenges you have faced at Lewis & Clark?

I had the hardest time adjusting to being someone that other people rely on. I came in so used to being self-reliant that the added pressure of doing things with other people in mind as well felt a little overwhelming. I still struggle with it, but I think I have improved greatly.

What’s your best Lewis & Clark memory so far?

My best memory at L&C was driving to the coast on a whim with my best friends. It was such a memorable trip, and no planning went into it at all.

How do you manage stress?

I don’t hold myself to too high of a standard. I set realistic expectations for myself, and then I try my best. That’s all you can do.

Where do you find community on campus?

I’ve found community everywhere at L&C, from the SQRC to the Pioneer Log to the math department. Everywhere you go, people are welcoming and want you to become a part of these little families.

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

I have two jobs currently, and will be adding a third next semester. I was a section editor for the Pioneer Log this past semester, and am moving to the position of business manager next semester. I also tutor in math and econ at the SQRC every week. My secret to working so much into my schedule is updating my Google calendar the moment I commit to something. I also make sure to schedule in time to study, work on projects, and goof off. You have to stay sane somehow.

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