The Admissions Fellows at Lewis & Clark College are highly dedicated and involved students that serve a professional role within the admissions process. Their leadership responsibilities include interviewing prospective students, supervising student ambassadors, coordinating campus visits, and planning open houses and events. The Fellows are eager to share their L&C experiences with you!
Reach out to our Admissions Fellows via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Juan Carlos Archila ’21 (he/him/his)
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major: World Languages (Spanish/German)
Why did you choose L&C? Growing up I used to see pictures of the Pacific Northwest, of rainy grey skies and green forests, and I was always captivated by its beauty. L&C matched the qualities that I was looking for in a school: located in a city, small, liberal arts, and interesting overseas programs. What did it for me, though, was visiting campus and feeling a sense of tranquility.
Favorite spot on campus: The nature trail that starts near the Estate Gardens. The little forest area that cuts right through L&C’s campus is one of the things I find most special about being here because you don’t need to go far at all to escape into the woods and breathe some beautifully clean air.
Favorite spot in Portland: NW 23rd Ave. This area is just west of downtown Portland and has lots of shops and restaurants (arguably the most important is Salt & Straw). I love going down random nearby streets to see all the cute houses. I also enjoy walking from here up to the green fields by the Japanese Gardens
Three random facts about Juan Carlos:
- I eat a lot of peanut butter (crunchy, of course)
- I really want to learn more languages (esp. Portuguese and Japanese)
- I love being outdoors
Madisyn Taylor ’21 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
Major: Rhetoric & Media Studies, Economics
Why I chose Lewis & Clark: I visited during Compass Scholars Weekend and it just felt right. Choosing LC was more than just wanting a small school or one that was in a major city, to me it felt like a place I could call home. The people who I interacted with, both those also visiting and the students and faculty at the college, were welcoming and kind. Despite the overcast weather the atmosphere around the campus felt warm and it all felt right to me. As cheesy as that all sounds it’s true!
Favorite spot on campus: I love the lawn outside the reflecting pool. It is lovely when the sun is out and everyone comes out to do a little sun soak and homework :) It is very wholesome.
Favorite spot in Portland: I really like the Hawthorne area. It reminds me a lot of Portlandia and I think it has a lot of great little finds, whether that be thrift or coffee shops. :)
Three random facts about Madisyn:
I had a scene phase in middle school.
I studied abroad in South Korea.
I was once on the Today Show.
Nicole Vannewkirk ’22 (they/them/theirs)
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Major: Art History Minor: Religious Studies
Why I chose Lewis & Clark: I chose Lewis and Clark because of the support I felt from students, faculty, and staff as soon as I walked onto campus. I visited Lewis & Clark through the Compass Scholars fly-in program for admitted students day, and professors were so excited to talk with me about subjects that I was excited about too! The student body was also so kind, and willing to give me directions to wherever I was trying to go (which was often!). I felt the community that LC has and immediately wanted to be part of it and contribute to it.
Favorite spot on campus: Definitely Watzek library! It is a social hub on the first floor but is also secluded and quiet on the top floor. There are floor to ceiling windows in most of it, so it’s a great place to study and look outside at all of the trees and wildlife on campus. The Circ Desk staff and Research Librarians are also so helpful when I’m looking for scholarly sources for my research papers!
Favorite spot in Portland: Definitely Fat Albert’s Breakfast Cafe in Sellwood! It’s a small breakfast place with the best pancakes imaginable, and free refills on coffee! I love to come here on Sunday mornings.
Three random facts about Nicole:
I’ve been to 48 states.
I’m addicted to cinnamon Altoids.
My dream job is to be the Director of Education at an art museum!
Nallely De La Cuesta ’21 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Houston, TX
Major: Hispanic Studies Minor: Religious Studies
Why I chose Lewis & Clark: I chose Lewis & Clark because of the Hispanic Studies department. I visited campus for the first time with the help of the Compass Scholars program and during that weekend, I found out that the Hispanic Studies major would give me the opportunity to improve my Spanish and read literature in my native language. I have so much fun in my classes while being academically challenged. My major also encourages people to study abroad which I completed last semester in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Being abroad helped me learn about Caribbean culture, literature, and history and expand my knowledge of Latin America.
Favorite spot on campus: My favorite spot on campus is the Dovecote which is our coffee shop on the academic side of campus. It’s a cozy place to study by yourself and pass the time as you wait for classes to start. students.
Favorite spot in Portland: My favorite spot off-campus is the Alberta Arts District in NE Portland! There are art galleries to tour and cheap restaurants to check out during my free time. My friends and I love taking TriMet, the public bus system, to get there easily.
Three random facts about Nallely :
My favorite concert has been to see One Direction in 2014 :)
I love karaoke!
I hate popcorn, sorry!
Ben Sherer ’21 (he/him/his)
Hometown: Portland, OR
Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry
Why I chose Lewis & Clark: I chose L&C because of the unique opportunities they offer students, such as studying abroad, on campus research, future career help, and so much more! I was looking for a small liberal arts college on the West Coast that had a strong biology department, and L&C is it!
Favorite spot on campus: The Estate Gardens. When it is sunny, it’s nice to hang out in either the gazebos or on the lawn and get some work done or relax in the sun! Not to mention, the fountains add a nice ambiance to space and it’s very peaceful.
Favorite spot in Portland: There are so many to choose from, but I love going to Powell’s Books on the weekends! It’s a lot of fun to just wander through the endless aisles looking at all of the books and seeing if anything catches my eye. Also, if you haven’t visited the Lan Su Chinese Gardens in Northwest Portland, I would definitely recommend it!
Three random facts about Ben:
1. I am a diehard Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers fan
2. I spent the fall semester of my junior year abroad in Tanzania
3. I love scary movies!
Sarah Lind-MacMillan ’22 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Major: International Affairs Minor: Religious Studies
Why I chose Lewis & Clark: I realized I would do best in a small school academic setting but I still wanted to be near a major metropolitan area. Portland and Lewis & Clark provided me with both of those things. I also wanted to try moving farther from home and the Pacific Northwest seemed like a beautiful area to call home. When I toured campus during my senior year of high school I also felt really welcomed and at ease at Lewis & Clark.
Favorite spot on campus: The rocks outside of J.R. Howard Hall! I love the rocks because it’s where a lot of people hangout in between classes on a sunny day. During breaks in the day, I’ll sit with my friends on the rocks and soak up the sun.
Favorite spot in Portland: Tryon State Park is one of my favorite places in Portland and it’s conveniently located near campus. I am super active so I like to go to Tryon to run the trails. There’s miles and miles of both paved and dirt trails for running, walking, hiking, and biking. It’s also so green all the time which makes it an even more beautiful place to workout in.
Three random facts about Sarah:
- I trained and performed in the circus for 12 years.
- I love eating ramen.
- I can do a one leg squat.
Bijou Macdonald ’21 (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Broomfield, CO
Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry
Why did you choose L&C? I was immediately drawn to Lewis & Clark by its natural beauty; it still amazes me to this day! I was also on the hunt for a smaller school that offered close relationships with professors and peers alike. There is a strong sense of community and collaboration at L&C that was just so welcoming. The Overseas Program on campus was also integral in my decision process (lo and behold, I traveled to Tanzania in the Fall of 2019 with one of our Biology programs - it was amazing!).
Favorite spot on campus: There are few places on campus where you can spot the peaks of mountains: standing above the reflecting pool, walking down the main path in the morning … Mountains make me happy and remind me of home! I also enjoy spending time in the practice rooms, playing piano and singing with my buds.
Favorite spot in Portland: Anywhere I am with friends! If there is delicious food and good music, even better.
Three random facts about Bijou:
1. I am a triplet! One brother, one sister - we are super close!
2. I had a hedgehog when I was little, named Snow (she was albino).
3. Baking is one of my favorite hobbies, especially cookies of any kind!
For a look back in time, check out the Fellows and Interns from the past.