Jacqueline Boucher: 2012 Outstanding Graduate in Humanities
“Above all, I love to read and write, and I've been incredibly fortunate to be part of a program that allows me to do what I love for college credit,” she said. “I count any time I was involved with Tidal Echoes as the pinnacle of my college experience.”
Jacqueline Boucher is receiving her Bachelor of the Arts degree in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing.
Reading and writing are some of Boucher’s favorite past times, so it comes as no surprise that being an editor for the Tidal Echoes Literary and Arts Journal was one of the best experiences she could have asked for. “Above all, I love to read and write, and I've been incredibly fortunate to be part of a program that allows me to do what I love for college credit,” she said. “I count any time I was involved with Tidal Echoes as the pinnacle of my college experience. I was published in it for the first time in 2008, again in 2011, and became the Fall Editor for the 2012 edition. Being part of both ends of that creative process was incredible."
Born in Juneau, Boucher moved back to Alaska from Colorado to be closer to family and was drawn in by UAS. “I moved back up to Alaska in May of 2007 in order to get closer to my dad. I had every intention of taking a semester off to get my bearings after a difficult final year of high school,” she said. “He brought me to the open enrollment day in August, just to see whether I might be interested, and I walked out enrolled in fifteen credits. It was one of the best decisions anyone's ever helped me make.”
Boucher is grateful for the people in her life that could help her make it through her college experience. “My father and older brother were instrumental in helping me get to this point. Both of them set high standards for my success, and it was always a pleasure to be able to rise to the occasion,” she said. “My sweetheart also deserves huge credit for putting up with the sheer insanity that came in the last few weeks of classes, as well as any craziness that came before that. Finally, I'd really like to extend my deepest gratitude to Emily Wall, Claudia Wakefield, Robin Walz, and Sol Neely. I had phenomenal experiences with the faculty at UAS, but the four of them touched my life—and helped me become a reasonably intelligent adult—in a huge way.”
After graduation, Boucher will be taking some time off before hitting the books again in an MFA program. “I'm taking a year off to build up my savings and repay a portion of my loans,” she said. “I have plans to attend an MFA program in the fall of 2013, though I'm not sure where yet.”
UAS' 2012 Juneau Commencement will be held May 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the UAS Recreation Center.
Crystal Rogers is receiving her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Independent Design, focusing on the art, language, government and history of indigenous and Western societies in Alaska, with a minor in Tlingit.
Learn more about Crystal Rogers, this year's student speaker at the UAS Commencement in Juneau on May 6th.