Welcome to Student Life at Evergreen!

The Student Life blog helps you get the inside scoop on living in Olympia and attending The Evergreen State College. Blogs are updated with experiences in student and community life. Check out any of the blogs to learn more. Ask us any question you have by posting a comment!




My name is Nelly Irwin. I am 18 years old and hail from Los Angeles California. I am a freshman studying anthropology and culture studies. My class is called Consuming Cultures and in this class we study the history of our consumer culture and the big ideas, such as capitalism, that were involved. It is a mix of the student body and a nice size between 35-40 people everyday. I am part of the Shellfish Club and GAPS(Greeners Association for Psychedelic Studies). I work on campus as a student ambassador. Evergreen ha become my home and I am very happy on choosing to go here!

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Hey everyone!  My name is Karl Anderson and I am a senior at Evergreen.  Originally from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, I came to Evergreen straight out of high school.  Since then, I have been studying International Relations and Economics, with a particular focus in Caribbean Studies, Food Sovereignty, and Political Science.  Some of my previous programs include Caribbean Cultural Crossings, Caribbean Tourism, Foundations of Economics, Re-Interpreting Liberation, and Marxist Theory. As the recipient of the Jessica Kelso Memorial Scholarship of 2012-2013, I was able to travel to Trinidad and Tobago last year to conduct independent research on Trinidad’s role in the global food system, food sovereignty, culinary ethnography, and the economies surrounding all of those subjects.  At the moment, I am in the 16 credit, two quarter program Alternatives to Capitalist Globalization, a program where we not only critique and analyze the history, culture, theory but also actively participate in imagining a new global order.

When I am not nerding out over my schoolwork you can find me experimenting with vegan recipes, enhancing my mixology skills, hosting various social groups, or all three at the same time in my lovely home in Olympia.  I am happy to answer any questions about academics, study abroad, student life, or something else that might perhaps be teasing your curiosity.


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Hello! My name is Kimberly Kiefer and I’m a 19 year old Sophomore at Evergreen. I’m originally from Kailua, Hawai’i but I’m settling into Olympia quite well, especially now that I have my own place on the Eastside of town. The classes that I’ve been taking at Evergreen so far have been history, literature and art centric but starting Winter 2014 I’m returning to my first passion; the Japanese language. Aside from studying Japanese, I’ll also be taking my first ever dance class, Afro-Brazilian Dance!

In my free time I enjoy baking, hanging out with friends, walking through the lovely Olympia forests and curling up with a nice show on Netflix.

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.


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Nick McCord is a 32 year old dramatic writing and Chinese culture student from Chesterfield County, Virginia. He lives off campus and is currently working towards completion of an original Eastern/Western synthesis stage production framed within an individual learning contract with Professors Rose Jang and Zhang Er. Nick loves acting, Shakespeare and all things theater-related


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Hi! My name is Sovay! I am originally from Tucson, Az. I am studying literature, writing, and opera. When I am not in class or studying I love to hike, run, climb, and sing! I am a student ambdassador at The Evergreen State College, and I love love love Evergreen. It is, in my opinion, the perfect school.




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