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Welcome, Future Pioneers!

March 23, 2018

Lewis & Clark students represent the next generation of global thinkers and leaders. No one student here is typical, so we asked nine future Pioneers to tell us their stories and share why they will be attending Lewis & Clark this fall. Welcome to the Class of 2022!

Emi Olson

Hometown: Mercer Island, Washington
Interested in studying: Psychology

What three words would you use to describe L&C?
Lush, sustainable, comfortable

Why did you choose Lewis & Clark?
I knew Lewis & Clark was where I wanted to study after visiting. It really is a beautiful campus, and just minutes away from an amazing city. I also got a strong sense that the students genuinely care about using their education to help their communities. It also makes me feel good to know that the school is committed to composting and recycling

Alex Hensley

Hometown: Leander, Texas
Interested in studying: Entrepreneurship

What three words would you use to describe L&C?
Promising, mysterious (since I’ve never lived outside of Texas), exciting

Why did you choose Lewis & Clark?
When I arrived on campus, I got a good vibe from the atmosphere and the people. I was most impressed with Pamplin Sports Center and the open feel of the campus. I love the outdoors so it felt like a perfect match. I’m super excited to play football at Lewis & Clark next fall! 

HelenCecile McAninch Nowatka

Hometown: Spartanburg, South Carolina
Interested in studying: Japanese, Rhetoric and Media Studies 

What three words would you use to describe L&C?
Inclusive, exploratory, flexible

Why did you choose Lewis & Clark?
I chose Lewis & Clark because of its amazing study abroad opportunities and proximity to Portland. I have been interested in Japanese culture since the fifth grade, and I knew I wanted to be part of an academic community that supports and helps me realize my passions. Lewis & Clark also fosters an international community with diverse opinions and backgrounds. I was raised in the South, but have also lived abroad and learned to understand the value of diversity.

Benji Bromberg

Hometown: Brookline, Massachusetts
Interested in studying: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental Studies, Hispanic Studies

What three words would you use to describe L&C?
Friendly, passionate, curious

Is there one program, class, or extracurricular activity that you are super excited about?
Growing up as a city kid, I’m super excited to be a part of the College Outdoors program. I can’t wait to backpack the Wallowas with my classmates and learn to identify edible mushrooms at one of the Mushroom Clinics, which were recommended to me by both students and faculty during my visit.

Sylvia Jane Krueger

Hometown: New York, New York
Interested in studying: Theatre

What three words would you use to describe L&C?
Tranquil, intercultural, dynamic

During your application process, what set Lewis & Clark apart from other schools you applied to?
Lewis & Clark stood out in its personable approach to admissions. I felt like the school knew me, cared about me, and had a very genuine interest in me. The college made me feel like I was more than just a number in a sea of applicants.

Alys Chang

Hometown: Sunnyvale, California
Interested in studying: History

During your application process, what set Lewis & Clark apart from other schools you applied to?

Lewis & Clark instantly felt like home the moment I arrived on campus. The athletics department provides more support than other schools that I visited. I’m so excited to be a part of the swim team!

Nell Decker

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona
Interested in studying: Rhetoric and Media Studies, Theatre

What are three words you would use to describe Lewis and Clark?
Adventurous, intellectual, balanced

Did you visit campus? If so, what impressed you the most?
The beauty of the campus immediately swept me off my feet, but the moment I chose to apply early decision was in the classroom. While observing a student debate during an Introduction to International Relations class, I was floored by each student’s ability to present their ideas intelligently, authentically, and respectfully. Furthermore, the professor knew everyone’s names, where they were from, and clearly had a connection with all the students.

Sean Burdick

Hometown: Redwood City, California
Interested in studying: Gender Studies, Religious Studies, Theatre

Why did you choose Lewis & Clark?
I’m a passionate person, and someone who seeks to do good in this world. From the second I stepped on campus, I knew that Lewis & Clark was able to give me the opportunity to pursue my passions. I stand in the face of injustice, and I want to be an advocate for others who cannot advocate for themselves, especially within the LGBTQ+ community. I know that Lewis & Clark will give me the experiences I need to hone my leadership skills and became a better ally.

Logan Kelly 

Hometown: Sacramento, California
Interested in studying: Psychology

What three words would you use to describe L&C?
Vibrant, friendly, breathtaking

Did you visit campus? If so, what impressed you the most?
I chose Lewis & Clark when I was on a trip to Oregon for basketball, and, to be honest, I was not expecting the amazing place I found. When I walked onto campus I immediately fell in love with its atmosphere. The people, the teachers, and the athletic program were everything I was looking for.

I also have a special connection to the school mascot, Pio. My family and I have a great love for Newfoundlands. A big member of my family, literally, was our dog Tank. The giant, slobbery, sweet Newfoundland was a part of our family for 10 years and passed away just before my visit to Lewis & Clark. When I saw the mascot I knew it was a sign that this was the right place for me.

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