Being a student at Lausanne for Claire Kvande '19, means feeling comfortable with the environment and appreciative of traditions.
“I feel at home at Lausanne,” said Claire. “I love the community, from my teachers to my friends, and that it manages to simultaneously challenge and support me.”
From the senior night ceremonies to the volleyball send-off and many other senior recognitions that Claire has had the privilege to participate in, she has felt inspired and proud to be a Lynx.
Claire’s love for Lausanne has carried over into her academic career and her extra-curricular activities as well. The senior is co-captain of the Varsity Volleyball team, French Club co-president and Science Bowl co-captain, while also being involved in Big Lynx Little Lynx, LynxServe and the ambassadors program.
But even though Claire is involved in several extra-curricular activities, she is able to maintain her grades because of the support offered at Lausanne.
“I actively look forward to my classes because it means new material to learn and a chance to see some of my favorite people,” said Claire. “I have so much respect for my teachers and truly believe Lausanne would not be nearly so great without them.”
As her time at Lausanne comes to an end, she is considering University of North Carolina, St. Olaf, Kalamazoo, Macalester, Davidson, Centre, Reed and Northwestern and is interested in majoring in Physics.
During the summer, Claire spends her time working as a summer camp counselor at Pinecrest, where she has learned many life lessons and has been able teach kids compassion that aligns with the Lausanne way.
“Pinecrest has provided me with some of the best experiences of my life,” Claire said. “I love the outdoors and working with kids, not to mention getting to know the rest of the summer staff. I got a chance to build positive relationships with my campers, many of whom come from backgrounds where such relationships are scarce, and grow as a counselor and as a person.”