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Clara Lewis


Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major: International & Area Studies
Minor: Chinese
Study Abroad: Beijing and Harbin, China
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Everything
Best Adjective to Describe You: Honest

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
To learn a language and culture not based in the West.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I wanted to learn another language but felt Spanish was too hard and boring, and I thought Chinese was the second most useful language to learn. Over the course of learning Chinese, there is so much more that draws me to the language.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
If you take learning Chinese seriously and plan on going somewhere with it, do the extended term study abroad. Along that vein, get a good foundation, and never be afraid to ask the professors for help. Most importantly, there are no stupid questions.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I think being able to speak another language opens all kinds of doors; one that I am especially interested in is the opportunity to live and travel in Asia, which I’ve enjoyed and look forward to exploring more.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Don’t kill yourself studying, be honest with yourself about everything, be more compassionate with yourself, and don’t take everything so seriously.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
I can’t pick, even with the few I didn’t love still learned from and do not regret taking. Highlights include Dr. Elman’s classes, Prof. Dugas’ classes, and Dr. Garriga-Lopez’s classes.

What is your SIP?
Yet to be decided

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Yet to be decided

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