Blake Ashby

UWC attended: United World College of Costa Rica
Class Year: Class of 2020

I was born and raised on the small tropical island in the Caribbean known as Barbados. It’s okay if you get it confused for Bahamas or Bermuda, I’m pretty much used to it. I spent the last two years of my life (2014-16) at UWC Costa Rica in which I’ve had an unbelievably amazing time.

I know it sounds cliché, but in my UWC I really enjoyed the small things that I believe differentiated it from other UWCs. Whether it be going to snack to take a study break, dancing in the first rain at the end of the dry season or running out to do buy late night snacks before curfew. There are tons of these countless moments with special people who I never wish to forget about, and it was all worth it. One of the times I really enjoyed most were the times in which we would go volunteering on a particular project and you’d always have a great time no matter who you were with. While at UWCCR, I’m glad I got the opportunity to explore Costa Rica quite a bit whether with or without the school. Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to explore the neighbouring country of Panama as well, which was an amazing experience.

While at home, since I always grew up near the sea, I’d always find myself snorkelling, so eventually SCUBA diving became one of my interests. In terms of creativity, I never saw myself as a creative person until I tried photography in my first year. It slowly developed into one of the things I’m passionate about, and I hope it continues to be something I’ll continue to be passionate about for a very long time.

To be honest, what drew me into Lewis & Clark was its location and the campus itself. The west coast of the US is an area which I have never really explored and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what I can get up to.  While here I’ll be majoring in International Affairs more than likely because during my two years at UWCCR, the diverse set of people which I shared my time there with helped pique my interest in the area of international affairs.

By the end of my time at Lewis & Clark, I would’ve hoped to further develop skills that will enable me to succeed in my chosen area of study. Besides academically, I hope I will be able to say that I explored as much as Portland and the surrounding area have to offer.