Amy Azania Omondi, Class of 2016
Davis United World College Scholar
United World College of South East Asia (Singapore)
I was an explorer since childhood; born in Nakuru, a city in the Rift Valley, and bred in Central province and Nyanza province. This also gave me a taste of the different cultures Kenya had to offer. However, because there are 42 tribes in Kenya, I was not fulfilled by the very few cultures I had been exposed to in my childhood. I thus used school as a medium to discover the different cultures that my country is blessed with. My love and appreciation of our differences in society explains why I jumped at an opportunity to apply to United World College when I heard about it from my best friend. One of the best things about being at United World College of South East Asia was that I was constantly surrounded by people who were from all over the world: I could sit and hear people speaking Chinese on my left, French on my right and people behind me would be speaking Siswati – it was nothing but amazing.
I looked at many schools and after researching at length about Lewis & Clark, I felt that the environment would allow me to thrive both as the person I am and as a student. I fell in love with Lewis & Clark because of it’s location – one can access both the snowy mountains and the sandy beaches. I fell even deeper in love when I found out that I could easily double major in two of my favorites areas: Chemistry, a fascination of mine since primary school, and International Relations, a rising passion of mine.
My dream since I was a little girl was to somehow, no matter how little, contribute to helping the hunger situation in Nothern Kenya and Somalia. This dream came to life when I was in UWCSEA and I was able to raise funds and send them to ‘Action Against Hunger’ (ACF), a French NGO helping in hunger relief in the region. Even better, I got a chance to spread awareness in the school about the dire situation in these regions.
At Lewis & Clark, other than graduating with a degree to my name, I hope to continue to bring most of my dreams to reality and, furthermore, I hope that I can help some people make their dreams into reality. Other than being a lover of culture, I adore sports, especially football – which I now have to call soccer – and I want to continue this at Lewis & Clark. I am also looking forward to being able to go out and explore the beautiful nature that surrounds Oregon.
The Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) is located in Templeton Campus Center on the Undergraduate Campus.
Director and Associate Dean of StudentsBrian White
Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS)
Lewis & Clark
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, MSC 192
Portland, OR 97219