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Peter Sommers, B.L.A.

Curriculum Coordinator / Degree Specialist 
Registrar's Office


Novatney Bldg, Juneau Campus



I started at Wenatchee Valley Community College, in Wenatchee, WA. After a year I transferred to Spokane Community College. Again, I only spent year at that institution before I transferred to the University of Alaska Southeast, where I finished my degree.


I am originally from Washington State. I grew up in Wenatchee, WA a small town in eastern Washington. After high school and a year of community college under my belt, it was time to head to the big city. I packed up my little Nissan and headed east into the rising sun, on a quest to fulfill my dreams. I end up in Spokane, near the Washington and Idaho boarder. I quickly set up camp and enrolled at Spokane Community College. My eyes were wide open full of hope for first couple of months in Spokane. I had a great job working at Hot Topic and a great apartment. Then one seeming normal day a chance encounter sent my simple life down an unknown path. I meet a recruiter for the University of Alaska. Now normally I ignore all of the recruiters that came to our school, but this one was different. He sparked my curiosity, who knew ALASKA had a university?

Alaska, I could live in Alaska. Suddenly a dream of mine was becoming possible. I could move to Alaska. So I talked with the recruiter and filled out an information card. However, my mind was already made up, I was moving to Alaska.

That summer was busy. I had to break down camp and re-pack my little Nissan for our newest adventure. I bought my ferry ticket from Prince Rupert, Canada to Juneau AK. I had never been to Alaska and did not know anyone here. This was going to be a fun trip; however, to my surprise the trip was not that fun. Actually it was quite boring. But that does not matter any more, I had arrived.

That was four years ago. I have since graduated from the university. I now enjoy playing hockey in the community and work for the same institution that gave me my education. I still enjoy Juneau, and am looking to add many more adventures before I decide to leave Alaska.


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