Junnan Lyu


Junnan Lyu, Class of 2017

From China

Major: BA, Art

Started in Academic English Studies: summer 2013

Why Lewis & Clark?

My research revealed that Lewis & Clark has a strong ranking in U.S. News & World Report.  I was interested in liberal arts education, and I wanted a city near the ocean.

Memories from Academic English Studies

It was great to start by taking summer classes in AES before starting in the fall.  I got to live on campus with other international students.  We took classes together and had activities like summer barbecues.  We developed a strong community.  It was a nice way to transition into the Lewis & Clark community. In fact, I helped with the New Student Orientation Week in the fall because I already knew the campus.  The academic preparation in AES helped me transition smoothly into undergraduate classes.

Your Liberal Arts Experience

Lewis & Clark gave me the chance to discover my passion.  Liberal arts education allows you to try things you might not have thought about.  I started with an interest in psychology.  By taking other courses outside psychology, I discovered that I love art and photography. I learned to think, be creative and communicate through art.

What is next?

I got into an artist residency program in upstate New York.  This is part of my one-year Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Advice for Future Students

Try something different:  look at other majors, explore and find your passion, engage with others, get involved in activities.  There are so many opportunities.