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Jay Horita-Chu

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Class Year: 2018
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Major: Environmental Studies
Minor: Japanese
Overseas study: Osaka, Japan

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

Big, crazy, family

What has been your favorite class so far (title and professor)? How did it expand your knowledge?

My favorite class was Ecology. The content in the course was extremely applicable to my summer job as a park ranger and my academic career, but even more than that, Professor Paulette Bierzychudek was hands down the finest professor I’ve ever had. She had an innovative approach to teamwork, high academic expectations, and love for the biological sciences, which has inspired me to become a more rigorous, thoughtful student and aspiring scientist.

Why did you choose to transfer to Lewis & Clark? How is Lewis & Clark supporting you as a transfer student?

Admittedly, I turned my back on L&C when I was a senior in high school and declined the school’s offer, but as I navigated the transfer process, L&C was the school that stuck in my mind. When I got the acceptance letter the second time around, I immediately called the school and started what would become a crazy and wonderful journey. I ultimately chose L&C for its unique environmental studies program, financial aid, and welcoming atmosphere. Having transferred twice now, I have a deep appreciation for the administration and my professors for being present and easy to reach out to, which isn’t true for large or even mid-size schools. At L&C, I was given the attention I needed to get into the right classes and graduate on time.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

Anywhere I can hang a hammock.

Have you had the opportunity to do research with a professor? What did you learn from that experience?

No, but I work the summers at various national forests and parks across the U.S.

What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?

Hands down the killer outdoor scene—Mount Hood, the Gorge, the coast, desert, hot springs. You name it, we have it. It’s definitely tough to go to the best spots without a car, so if you’re an outdoor junky like me, I highly recommend getting one before moving to Portland. In the city, there’s always something going on or interesting to discover, and when you’re not in the mood for discovery, you can always fall back on hitting up your favorite spots.

Do you have a job on campus? If so, how do you fit work into your schedule?

Most semesters I’ve had a job on campus, and they’re very easy to fit into your schedule and are way more laid back than non-L&C jobs. Advice: get a campus job.

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