The NSO Directors

2020 -2021 Student Director of New Student Orientation: Alan Misael Gaxiola

Alan Misael Gaxiola enjoying his time studying abroad in Berlin! Alan Misael Gaxiola enjoying his time studying abroad in Berlin! Hey y’all! My name is Alan Misael Gaxiola. I am a senior at Lewis & Clark College, expected to graduate in May of 2021 (so soon). I am the student director of New Student Orientation this year! I was born and partially raised in Phoenix, AZ, having also lived in Mexico (where my family is from) and Virginia! I am a Psychology major with an emphasis in Neuroscience. I love what I am majoring in now, but I took a class in about every department until I found the right fit. I studied abroad in Berlin in the fall of 2019, and while I was there I visited 11 countries on top of Germany, bringing my total to 15 (not counting the United States)! Along with being your student director, I also work in Admissions. I had a great time during NSO (I met so many of my friends during), and I am hoping that you enjoy it as much as I did.

My tips for new students:

  • I changed a lot from who I was in high school (partly due to maturation, but also because of LC), so it’s okay if you feel like you are changing! If you aren’t changing because you’re already a rockstar, that’s cool too. There is no right or wrong when it comes to your college experience, so stay true to yourself and your journey!
  • Don’t forget shower shoes, although our facilities are routinely cleaned thoroughly, it’s always nice to have some shower shoes just in case!
  • Learn how to do laundry BEFORE coming to college (I did not, and I called my mom frantically once I ran out of clean clothes)!

You can learn more about Alan in his admissions profile here

Interim Director of New Student Orientation: Franchesca Spann 
Franchesca wearing her favorite LC merch: a sweatshirt her mom's friend bought her freshmen y... Franchesca wearing her favorite LC merch: a sweatshirt her mom's friend bought her freshmen year!

Hello! My name is Franchesca Spann. I graduated from Lewis & Clark in May 2020- recently, I know! I was the student director for two summers and I am now the director! I love Lewis & Clark College and now call Portland home, although I come from Simi Valley, California. Bring or buy some rain-boots! Learn from my mistakes!

At L&C, I majored in Psychology, minored in Art/Art History, and participated in many different groups, clubs, and opportunities on campus. I was a TA, tutor, co-captain of Improv, admissions host, and an NSO leader, of course!

To plan NSO, I will work alongside the NSO student director to plan and execute an experience that provides new students the time to learn about their new home, preview college academics, and socialize with other new students! I’ve seen 1,500 new students enter the college and I know the nervous energy that comes with the transition. But no need to fear, that is why we have NSO!

My tips for new students:

  • Check your email! Please!!!! This is a habit that you should work into your daily routine before you come to college. Responding daily and on time is a professional skill that will benefit you in college and beyond.
  • Use Google Calendar. It is included in your L&C account, which is a Google account! This makes classes, assignments, meetings, and general life organization smooth and it is easier to tell friends ‘look at my Gcal’ rather than messaging back and forth to find a time to study or meet. Add club meetings, events, and even the time of sunset and sunrise! Personalize and have fun with it.
  • Go for it! You are now at college; put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to make new friends, try new things, and explore! 

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