Morgan Marx: 2012 Outstanding Graduate Liberal Arts
"I decided I wanted to stay at UAS after a teacher came up and talked to me about one of the papers I’d done in a previous semester. She remembered something I had written, and that really stuck with me. At that moment, I realized the professors were invested in whether I succeeded in a very personal way."
Morgan Marx, a lifelong Juneau resident, is receiving her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with emphases in anthropology and English.
"I want to go into archaeology," she said. "Classes taught by Erica Hill have been really interesting to me. I took ancient civilizations, methods and theories of archaeology, death and burial, and [it] has really been great."
Marx came to UAS after a year of school on the East Coast. Her plan was to save up money to return to college outside of Alaska, but she decided to stay after discovering the unique teacher-student relationships at UAS.
"I decided I wanted to stay at UAS after a teacher came up and talked to me about one of the papers I’d done in a previous semester. She remembered something I had written, and that really stuck with me. At that moment, I [realized the professors] were invested in whether I succeeded in a very personal way."
Marx sees graduate school as an opportunity to continue to learn. "I’m not ready to be done with the whole student experience," she explained. "Right after graduation, I plan to look at SUNY Binghamton University," Marx said. "I’m looking at an archaeology program there. I’m pretty sure by fall of 2013 I’ll be enrolled in a graduate program."
Marx is always keeping active. “I like to dabble in a lot of things,” she said. “I like taking art classes, not that I’m an artist, but I think taking those classes is [fantastic]. I enjoy hiking and my family owns a sail boat, so when the weather is good we sail.” Marx also enjoys garage sale-ing, which she is excited to do back in New York, possibly as an excuse to use her archaeology skills as well as find some killer bargains.
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.