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Matthew White

  • Matt White
    Matt White

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA

Major: Biochemistry/Molecular Biology


I was born and raised in San Luis Obispo on the central coast of California, where hiking, camping, playing in the ocean, and music filled my childhood. This love and respect for open land is part of my attraction to Portland and LC, in addition to the close-knit community of students, professors, and faculty, and the beautiful campus. This past year I volunteered weekly with middle school students in the Hacienda CDC after-school program. I plan to volunteer with SMART and Operation Nightwatch this semester, helping elementary school students learn to read and providing the Portland homeless community with friendly company, respectively.
I also run for the LC cross country and track teams. I started running competitively at the beginning of high school and fell in love with the challenging, solitary nature of the sport. A run through Tryon State Park at golden hour is atop my list of favored pastimes. Also on this list is hammocking and playing frisbee with friends, reading, discovering new music, and playing guitar.
I plan to pursue a biochemistry degree at LC and a chemical engineering degree at Columbia as part of the 3-2 combined engineering plan. The combination of creativity with the knowledge of chemical compounds and functions that allows one to produce usable products out of Earth’s raw elements is what attracts me to this course of study.


Cross Country and Track and Field athlete, Student Alumni Association Ambassador, Student Leadership and Service (Hacienda CDC, SMART, Operation Nightwatch volunteer involvement, Student Leadership and Service Awards committee member), Intramural Program employee


Leadership and Service Award, Trustee Endowed Scholarship

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