Valcourt Honore

Valcourt Honore, Class of 2017

Hometown: Port au Prince, Haiti

Major: BA, Economics

Started in Academic English Studies: fall semester, 2013

 Why Lewis & Clark?

My high school was at the United World College in Costa Rica.  Friends there told me that the West Coast culture in the U.S. was friendly and open-minded.  I explored the Lewis & Clark website and watched the videos.  I decided that I would choose Lewis & Clark for my undergraduate studies.

Benefits of AES

The Academic English Studies classes allowed me to practice the skills I needed for undergraduate studies.  It was a great transition time where I wasn’t afraid to make mistakes and learn.  In AES, I got to observe a regular undergraduate class and learn what to expect in terms of workload and class structure.  AES matched me with a Community Friend family.  We are still friends today!

Opportunities at Lewis & Clark

There are so many opportunities.  I had so many chances to be involved in clubs on campus and develop my leadership skills. My junior year, I studied in Spain for my overseas experience.  I also participated in two short-term travel programs. One was to Cuba to study renewable energy.  This led me to work with a Lewis & Clark alumna on a project to provide solar panels for schools in Haiti.  I also served as a student leader on a spring break trip to Arizona to study immigration issues.  I won a 100 Projects for Peace grant to develop computer literacy in Haiti.   All of these experiences gave me the opportunity to learn skills that I see as important for my future goals. I’m interested in politics and leadership.

What is next?

I will take a year for an Optional Practical Training (OPT) experience. I plan to apply to graduate programs in Economics.  I want to prepare myself to serve my country, Haiti, to make change for the better.  Lewis & Clark gave me the opportunity and support to pursue this goal.