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What’s It Like?

No one can give you a better sense of what it’s really like to study ENVS at Lewis & Clark than our current students and recent alumni.

  • Sam Bundenthal BA ’19

    Sam Bundenthal, BA ’19

    Hometown: Fairfield, California
    Overseas Program: New Zealand
    Extracurriculars: Swimming, LC Dungeons and Dragons Social Initiative (president)

    We only handicap ourselves if we don’t try to understand the world from someone else’s point of view, and explore the scary idea that we ourselves might be wrong.

  • Mamelang Memela ’20

    Mamelang Memela, BA ’20

    Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
    Extracurriculars: Student Philanthropy Council, Lewis & Clark International Film Festival, Spirituality Provoking Action and Reflective Conversation (SPARC), and Bantu baAfrika

    I really like how many departments in the school incorporate international perspectives in symposiums and other activities on campus.

  • Anna Foster ’19

    Anna Foster, BA ’19

    Hometown: Wilmette, Illinois
    Overseas Program: New Zealand
    Extracurriculars: College Outdoors Roundtable (Student Steering Committee), Assistant Leader for College Outdoors

    When I came to visit, it just felt right; I could see myself going to school here and being happy.

  • Skylar Golleher BA ’21

    Skylar Golleher, BA ’21

    Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
    Overseas Program: Strasbourg (spring 2020)
    Extracurriculars: SQRC Economics tutor, Environmental Studies SAAB representative, Volunteer for Portland Nightwatch

    Calling for large scale, top-down policy change is the most effective way to combat climate change and also hold the bodies in power accountable for their actions.

  • Shoshana, smiling, while reclining in a red chair in front of trees.

    Shoshana Rybeck, BA ’20

    Hometown: Olney, Maryland
    Overseas Program: East Africa
    Extracurriculars: J Street U, ENVS elf (program assistant), SAAB tutor, Research Assistant

    L&C has made me more confident in who I am and what I can accomplish. It has also made me more aware of all the change that must be made in our world to cultivate peace and justice.

  • Christopher Plechot Binder BA ’21

    Christopher Plechot Binder, BA ’21

    Hometown: Santa Cruz, California
    Overseas Program: New Zealand (spring 2020)
    Extracurriculars: College Outdoors, rock climbing, photography, hacky sack enthusiast

    Professor Liz Safran has pushed me to do work beyond what I thought I was capable of. In doing so, she has helped me become a better scholar and never lets me settle for anything less than my best.

  • Monai, smiling with head resting in his right hand, along a railing at the Lan Su Chinese Gardens...

    Monai Chanon, BA ’22

    Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand and Santa Clarita, California
    Overseas Program: New York (2021)
    Extracurriculars: Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME), Great Expectations Mentor Program, Asian Student Union leader, Asian Student Union ASLC representative, Dance Y

    I know it can be extraordinarily intimidating, but there is such a wide range of resources, from tutors to counselors, that are helpful and available.

  • Blake Slattengren, Class of 2018

    Blake Slattengren, BA ’18

    Hometown: Kenmore, Washington
    Extracurriculars: Cross country, track, Environmental Affairs Symposium

    I am proud of designing my own capstone outcome, a graphically-oriented report. It taught me a lot about communicating information visually, a skill that is incredibly useful in the current information age.

  • Sabrina Cerquera ’20

    Sabrina Cerquera, BA ’20

    Hometown: Miami, Florida
    Extracurriculars: Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME), College Outdoors, Gente Latina Unida (GLU)

    I have become more open to exploring new subjects, especially with my interdisciplinary education.

  • Alex Groher-Jick, Class of 2018

    Alex Groher-Jick, BA ’18

    Hometown: Acton, Massachusetts
    Overseas Program: Chile

    Something we discuss in ENVS is how people are often not ready to question their views on environmental issues and even consider their environmental beliefs to be spiritual and thus beyond critique/questioning.

  • Nicole, smiling, standing in front of trees on a sunny day. Processed with VSCO with j2 preset

    Nicole Godbout, BA ’20

    Hometown: Seattle, Washington
    Overseas Program: East Africa
    Extracurriculars: Sustainability analyst with the Sustainability Department, Intramurals, College Outdoors trip leader, research assistant

    Be a go-getter! Most of the communities I’m a part of and the opportunities that I had were because I went after something even if I was feeling uncertain about whether I should try.

  • Jay Horita-Chu ’18

    Jay Horita-Chu, BA ’18

    Hometown: Los Angeles, California
    Overseas Program: Osaka, Japan

    At L&C, I was given the attention I needed to get into the right classes and graduate on time.

  • Tobias Varntoft, BA ’21

    Hometown: Terslev, Denmark
    Extracurriculars: International Students of Lewis & Clark (ISLC) member, Environmental Studies Symposium organizer, Pioneer Success Institute facilitator, music technician

    I take on more responsibility because of the independence we have at Lewis & Clark, and I have grown into a more authentic self.

  • Juliana, smiling, sitting on the grass in front of the Manor House on a sunny day.

    Juliana Prendergast, BA ’20

    Hometown: Skaneateles, New York
    Extracurriculars: Dance X/Y, LCDC, Admissions tour guide

    Throughout the last four years, my classes, professors, and experiences in the ENVS program have helped me learn how to address multiple sides of environmental issues and understand multiple viewpoints.

  • Gabriella Francolla, Class of 2018

    Gabriella Francolla, BA ’18

    Hometown: San Diego, California
    Extracurriculars: Bike Coop, Coalition for English Education and Social Advocacy (CEESA), circulation assistant at Watzek Library

    Simply put, I have become a more practical environmentalist, a critical thinker, and have a clearer vision of how our future must look.

  • Makayla Simmer BA ’21

    Makayla Simmer, BA ’21

    Hometown: Haiku, Hawai‘i
    Overseas Program: East Africa (fall 2019)
    Extracurriculars: College Outdoors, Paddle Club

    College Outdoors has been extremely empowering and important for who I am becoming.

  • Ariel Moyal ’19

    Ariel Moyal, BA ’19

    Hometown: Alameda, California
    Overseas Program: New Zealand Spring 2018
    Extracurriculars: College Outdoors Trip Leader, Student Academic Affairs Board (SAAB) Tutor and Representative, Writing Center Tutor, Student Leadership and Service Project Coordinator, Geospatial Project Analyst for Watzek Library

    What I have loved most about my studies is finding and nurturing the connections between seemingly disparate subjects.