Class Year: 2019
Hometown: Kailua Kona, Hawai‘i
Majors: Art History, Religious Studies (double)
Minor: French Studies
Extracurriculars: Leading to Engage All Pioneers (LEAP) Mentorship Program, Coalition for English Education and Social Advocacy (CEESA), Mixed LC, and LC Food Pantry
Overseas study: Paris, France
What three words would you use to describe L&C?
Birkenstocks, Bon coffee, shield bugs (sorry that was five words)
What’s been your favorite class so far (title and professor)? How did it expand your knowledge?
I’ve had so many! But if I had to choose a class outside of the art department, it would be both Calculus I and II with Assistant Professor Sweta Suryanarayan. She is down to earth and extremely passionate about her areas of expertise. I did not enjoy taking calculus during high school, but having Sweta as a professor was so fulfilling that I actually miss math because of her.
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
The small class sizes, beautiful campus, and most importantly the financial aid package I was offered made it the easiest for me and my family to afford my college education.
What has been your most meaningful extracurricular activity?
Being a part of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME) has been one of my most meaningful experiences here at L&C. The people that I’ve met and bonded with through IME have supported me in so many ways—through meaningful conversations, laughs, and all of the lollipop moments in between. My involvement with LEAP and Mixed LC not only challenged my leadership abilities, but has also helped me grow as a student, as a mentor, and as an individual. As cheesy as it sounds, they are my L&C ohana.
How do you manage stress?
I’m a big fan of coloring books (I have at least 10) and so I sometimes just spend an hour doodling/coloring in a quiet place to get my mind off of things. If I’m overwhelmed and I don’t feel that I can take a coloring book break, I also find it useful to do my studying off campus (or at least not in the Watzek Library or my room) by going to a park, a coffee shop, or the Boley Law Library.
Why did you want to study overseas?
I’ve never traveled abroad by myself and I thought that an overseas trip might help me spread my wings. I started taking French at L&C and also thought that it would be beneficial to travel to Paris so that I may put my French skills to the test. As an art history major, I’m extremely excited to see and experience all of the art, architecture, and culture that Paris has to offer!