Life After L&C, June 2019 Update
How did Lewis & Clark prepare you for grad school?
As an undergrad at L&C, I had the opportunity to participate in highly independent laboratory-based chemistry research that culminated in the writing and defense of my honors thesis. This experience was an incredibly unique one and proved to be an excellent opportunity for me to stretch my mind and apply the concepts I had been learning in class for the past several years. This fantastic experience has made me feel comfortable and competent as I prepare to begin work on my PhD in inorganic chemistry at the University of Washington this fall.
Now that you’re out of college, what would you say is the most important thing you learned at Lewis & Clark?
I think the most valuable thing I learned at Lewis & Clark was taught to me by my chamber music professor, Nancy Ives. She taught us that everything we create—not just music and art—and everything that we do requires creative energy, and everyone has a finite amount of creative energy. We all only have so much of ourselves to give to what we do and what we make. A rather somber lesson, I know. But the most important part of all this is that we can always get more of this creative energy. When we’re able to recognize that we have nothing left of ourselves to give, we need to have the courage to take a step back and give ourselves permission to fall in love with the world again.
Life at L&C
What three words would you use to describe L&C?
What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?
I came to Lewis & Clark for several reasons. First off, I’ve always wanted to live in the Pacific Northwest. Secondly, the size of the school was a huge thing for me. It’s really great to be at a college where all of your professors know you by name. Once I found out that Lewis & Clark has a stellar chemistry program, it didn’t make sense to go anywhere else!
“Lewis & Clark has given me a space where I can discover who I am and who I want to be without worrying about what everyone else might think.”
我在校园两项工作。我在普拉特 - 霍华德大厅居民顾问，并在象征性的和定量推理中心（sqrc）一位化学老师。只要确保我在我的日程安排适合的一切，什么是最重要的是提前计划并击退拖延用棍子。我的两个工作有一个漂亮的不可预测的工作负载，因此，确保我完成这一切提前时间保证的，没有什么被留下。
How has Lewis & Clark changed you?
Lewis & Clark has changed me by letting me be myself. I know it may seem cliché but coming here has been the most freeing experience of my life—both academically and mentally. Lewis & Clark has given me a space where I can discover who I am and who I want to be without worrying about what everyone else might think. I know that I speak for a lot of students when I say that I’m a much different person today than I was when I arrived. But I think that I’m finally me and, for that, I’m grateful.