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Lewis & Clark has a lot to offer, but it depends on the student's motivation and ability to work hard. Some students just sail by with average grades, living it up and smoking up a lot, without really challenging themselves. However, there are many students who are very active and make the most of the opportunities that are available at such a small school. The weather can be depressing and the social atmosphere can be stifling at times. However, if you find your niche at LC, you'll love what you're doing, and a little rain and gossip won't bother you.
There is so much talent to be found in many different areas. Everyone is always willing to help you. It's a common practice for professors to invite you over to their houses for dinner. Most classes are incredibly small and intimate, and open discussion runs rampant. The liberal atmosphere is one that everyone is bound to feel comfortable in. All are encouraged to voice opinions, even if they aren't part of the mainstream way of thinking. Students are encouraged to take action with the issues that mean something and to see outside of the box. This forces them to venture out beyond our own backyards. There is something about this college that makes students feel as if they are a contributing factor to the world, rather than just an inanimate bystander. It makes you feel real.
I like that the math department is intimate and I can easily connect with my professors. However, most professors are pure mathematicians and the program seems to be skewed in that direction. I wish there were more chances to do applied math and possibly interdisciplinary programs.
Have my own computer but you can access one, most people don't need to as they have their own computers. Never print on campus
Most of the good off-campus dining near LC is located in Lake Oswego, which is generally pricey. However, the Sellwood neighborhood is close, if you have a car, which provides a lot of good options, and you can always hop the Pioneer Express bus downtown, at which point you have almost all of Portland's central restaurants to choose from.
Off-campus housing is pretty good. A lot of students rent houses in the residential neighborhood directly surrounding the campus, and there are a lot of good options at good price levels. Students also live across the river in SE Portland, which is a really great neighborhood that people really enjoy living in. Living on campus may be a little more convenient, but living off campus gives you a feeling of independence and it's really nice to not be on campus all the time.
The academics offered at LC are nothing but quality. The professors are accessible and approachable, know their material, and enjoy teaching. The curriculum is challenging but rewarding. The registration process is fairly simple and straightforward. The workload is dependent on how many classes you take and what you are studying. Popular study areas are Psychology, Biology, and International Affairs.
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