Tawab Malekzad, Class of 2013
Davis United World College Scholar
Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific (Canada)
I was born in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan. I studied there for a while, but because of the political unrest, my family and I left Afghanistan and moved to Peshawar, Pakistan where I continued to study. We moved back to Kabul after September 11, 2001 and I continued my studies in one of the nearby schools and I graduated from high school in 2006. During my school years I was taking English courses.
I worked as a volunteer teacher for seven months in a Canadian-owned private kindergarten in Kabul, where I heard about the United World College program and especially about Lester B. Pearson United World College in Victoria, Canada. I applied to the UWC system and was accepted in Lester B. Pearson UWC of the Pacific.
I had the most amazing years of my life at Lester B. Pearson. There, I met people from 100 different countries and I learned a great deal about my peers and their respective countries. Because Lester B. Pearson UWC was the first place that I lived by myself, I had some difficulties at the beginning, but I figured things out as time passed. At Lester B. Pearson UWC I met the closest friends that I ever had in my life.
I actually did not know much about Lewis & Clark College before I applied. The very first time that I heard about L&C was from my friend Mihret Teklemichael (a Lester B. Pearson UWC graduate) on Facebook. I started doing research about the college and I found out that it offered the courses that I wanted to study. I chose L&C because it, like the UWCs, embraces and celebrates the idea of internationalism. Additionally, after living on the West Coast, I started loving its weather.
I will try to be involved in community service and campus activities at Lewis & Clark as much as I can. I am thinking about double majoring in computer science and political science. My goal at Lewis & Clark is to make it an enjoyable place for me and the people around me and also to get a great education.
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