- Class: Freshman
- Gender: F
- High School: Lakeside School
- Transfer Student: N
I love the people at Lewis and Clark. Almost every person I've met, I've liked and wanted to get to know better. I'm surprised at how helpful people are. I wish the school were a little bit bigger at times; it's really hard to avoid someone on this campus. But at the same time, that sense of community is part of its appeal. I really like that they make it so easy to go downtown (there's a free shuttle every hour) because it's easy to get off campus when you need a breath of fresh air.
All of my professors so far have asked me to call them by their first name. They are super nice, obviously care that I am learning something, and know my name too, even when I didn't think they would. People talk in class. It isn't the usual three or four people talk every class, but instead everyone participates. I wouldn't say it's the most difficult school. I consider most of my classes to be at medium difficulty, but then again, I went to a college prep high school. That being said, students here study a lot. In fact, study parties are quite popular: we gather and bring treats or make treats while we study. I wish that LC had fewer requirements, but I've gotten most of them done already. LC really aims at teaching students things they want to know, and wants students to do what THEY want to do. It's focused on right NOW.
The students here are mostly super liberal. It's rare to meet a republican or a conservative on campus. But I think that's exactly why a lot of students pick LC to begin with. There are quite a few LGBT students on campus (part of this comes from the fact that the guy to girl ratio is like 35:65, so there are a lot of lesbians, or lugs (lesbian until graduation)). I was surprised at the socio-economic diversity here. I thought it would be a lot of wealthy kids. And while there are plenty of those, I was surprised at how many kids are on scholarship, and how many kids are shocked to hear about my socio-economic status (both my parents are private practice doctors, so we're well off). There aren't a lot of jocks, and the few that there are stick out like a sore thumb. But they all hang out with each other. Students are very politically aware and active. They tend to organize and participate in many protests and marches in downtown Portland.
The Best Things
The people, the campus, the location.
The Worst Things
The food, but it's going to be fixed in the next couple of years.