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Serena Saba

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Class Year: 2019
Hometown: Dana Point, California
Major: Psychology
Minor: Neuroscience
Extracurriculars: Basketball, Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative, active yogi, behavioral therapist for a man with autism

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

Worthwhile, community, success

What’s your favorite class? How has it expanded your knowledge?

Thinking, Memory, and Problem Solving with Erik Nilsen. I loved how the class was applicable to daily life, especially for students on effective ways on how to study and different ways of problem solving.

“I love the ability to be a DIII athlete and focus on academics while still playing the sport I love.”
How did you choose to transfer to L&C?

I have a learning a disability and I found that having a small class size would be really beneficial so I wouldn’t be in a classroom of 400 looking at what everyone else is doing on their laptops while class is going on. I also eat vegan and LC offers food for every dietary need. I am a psychology major and neuroscience minor on the pre-health track; LC is one of the only schools that offers a neuroscience minor. I love the ability to be a DIII athlete and focus on academics while still playing the sport I love.

How have you been supported as a transfer student?

I think LC does a really good job welcoming in transfer students. Almost all of my classes transferred and they made sure that transfers were included in New Student Orientation that we had our own transfer dinner with faculty. They also made sure that we were all properly housed and had a community for just transfer students, the Association for Non-Traditional Students (ANTS).  

How do you balance your coursework with the demands of playing varsity athletics?

TIME MANAGEMENT. Of course having practice six days a week is very time consuming, but the idea of being apart of a team and the dynamic have been very rewarding. You learn communication, respect, discipline, and the will to win. To be apart of varsity athletics, you have to have extreme work ethic and willingness to succeed, both on the court and off. A lot of the athletes on campus are the most hardworking people, in my opinion.

You are an EMT and a phlebotomist. Do you ever use those skills here at Lewis & Clark?

Being an EMT has brought me a lot of safety awareness at LC. I am unable to work as an EMT because they demand 12- to 24-hour shifts and as a student and that is very hard to give. I cannot work as a phlebotomist while at LC because that is typically a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. shift and I have school during that time. Both of these certifications will help me in my pre-health path, though.

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