Manuela Salzgerber

Manuela Salzgerber

UWC attended: Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa (Eswatini)
Class Year: Class of 2024

I had the unique experience of attending the United World College of Southern Africa in my home country of Eswatini from 2013 to 2019. There, I spent the entirety of my teenage years and grew into the person that I am today. Someone who understands and values the importance of individual and collective action, international mindedness and diversity. Living and learning in a community with people from all corners of the world devoted to social justice and change was a transformative experience. The values I acquired during my time at UWCSA are those I will carry forward with me for the rest of my life.

My experiences at UWCSA have led me to seek communities that are diverse in both their appearance and mindset. Places where I can be comfortable yet challenged. Places that celebrate collaboration, contribution and international engagement. It is for those reasons that Lewis and Clark had always stood out to me and when the time to select colleges to apply to came, there was no doubt that LC would be top of my list.

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to pursue a career in Psychology. I believe that in order to grow, develop and help myself, I must first be able to empathize with and support others. Studying Psychology in a school community as diverse, dynamic and fostering as LC will allow me to strengthen my interactions, connectivity and ability to empathize and give back in an environment that challenges and pushes me.

Some of my other academic interests include Rhetoric and Media Studies and Economics, both of which I hope to incorporate into my study plans at LC. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy long walks at sunset, spending time with friends and family, trying out new recipes in the kitchen and watching films and docuseries. I’m always up for an adventure and can’t wait to explore the Pacific Northwest.

I believe that it is my responsibility as one of the privileged few within Southern Africa with access to an international education to give back to my community. It is for this reason that I intend to fully immerse myself in the LC community and gather the necessary tools to impact my local and global communities, ultimately accomplishing my goals of self-actualization and social justice.