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Elie Al Khoury

UWC attended: United World College of Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Class Year: Class of 2026

I attended UWC in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that experience. If I were to pick what I most enjoyed there, it would have to be the community: a tight-knit group of people who have had my back throughout the last two years. I rely quite heavily on social interactions, and living in a campus with a bunch of international students never failed me in that aspect. I could randomly sit with someone and spark an interesting conversation just from the different backgrounds we have and that is how I made friends.

When I was searching for a place to continue my studies, I took into account many factors, such as location, available courses and a strong international community, all of which incentivized me to choose Lewis and Clark. There I plan on majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, but if I get the opportunity, I would love to get into psychology as well.

Outside of the classroom, I am mostly found in the kitchen. I cook a lot and am interested in all kinds of cuisine, even though I am called a picky eater. I am not a big sports fan, but I try to achieve my physical activity goals through peaceful hikes and walks in the outdoors. I also like the arts. I draw and paint, occasionally sing, love design and decoration, and if need be, I can dance.

I grew up as a very academic person, and I have that to thank for my versatility. There aren’t many subjects that I dislike, but those that specially spike my interest are languages, alongside the natural sciences. I speak four languages, three of which I speak fluently, and I aim to learn more if presented with the opportunity.

I am Lebanese and have grown up in Lebanon. For high school, I moved to Bosnia and Herzegovina to enroll in UWC in Mostar. I haven’t been to many countries but I definitely want to change that.

Through my journey at Lewis and Clark, I hope to not only achieve academic success but also grow as a person, make friends, and make the most of my time in the USA, a country I find very interesting.