Name: Ashley Anderson
High school graduated from: Yaakoosge Daakahidi
Year of high school graduation: 2004
Hometown: Juneau, Alaska
Academic Program at UAS: B.A. Political Science, minor emphasis in Anthropology & Economics
Class standing at UAS: Junior
How do you think UAS is preparing you for your future?
UAS has allowed me to remain in an incredible community where I have opportunities to work to finance my education and be close to my family. Programs like National Student Exchange let students get out and experience a different world from their own but at a price that is affordable. After checking out some of what there is to offer down south as far as education, I strongly believe in the ability of UAS to provide not only a well-rounded education and practicum, but also a somewhat intense and rewarding life experience.
Do you know what you might be thinking of for a career after college?
Generally, I would like to work in the area of continuing to progress Alaska Native people. More specifically, I am interested in law, policy, and service. It is still hard for me to say what all of these desires will create within me as far as career paths go…
Do you have a favorite class or professor?
My favorite professor thus far has been Dr. Clive Thomas. He is always entertaining, incredibly knowledgeable in the field of political science, and very committed to his student’s learning. My favorite class, however, is the black and white 35mm photography class, taught by Dave Gelotte. Having access to a dark room AND the most incredible scenery and photography subjects makes for a fun semester.
I love being in a place where everybody knows my name. Moreover, I like to know other people’s names! I feel that UAS is a hidden dream of good people, where both students and staff care about life and making it better for themselves as well as each other.
What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned about yourself at UAS?
UAS has helped me to find out what I am interested in, and eventually it led me to my current degree, in political science. I had no idea what I was going to do when I first started—UAS has helped me to learn that I have a passion.
What surprised you the most when you arrived at UAS?
The things that I am capable of. Every challenge I was faced with, be it navigating my way when choosing a degree and classes to coordinating a National Student Exchange to Humboldt State University, I am always amazed to find myself doing things that I did not imagine.
What was the most fun you’ve had at any campus event?
It may not quite count as a “campus event”, but playing pool at the SAC (Student Activity Center) is always a good time.
What is the best thing about life at UAS?
Life in Juneau, Alaska is the best thing about life at UAS, to me.
What do you enjoy doing during your free time?
I enjoy being a member of Rotoract—a junior Rotary club. I love taking walks with my Boston Terrier and my boyfriend, taking photographs and printing them, reading and writing. We like to swim, bowl, and watch movies when time allows. Sometimes it is fun to just have an adventure, go for a drive, or do something you have never done before. I also love to cook—and of course, to eat!
If you could choose three words that signify UAS, what would they be?
Nurture. Independence. Passion.