What does your job at APU entail?
I am the new Admissions Counselor for Professional Studies and undergraduate students from rural Alaska. I will attend college fairs and other community events to get the word out about our newer and tried and true professional studies programs. I will also (hopefully!) establish and maintain positive connections with rural Alaskan students, schools, and Alaska Native corporations. I also help advise prospective students through the admissions process.
How long have you been in Alaska? What did you do before this?
I have been in Alaska most of my life. I was born in Kenai, Alaska. My father was a bush pilot, so we eventually moved to Bethel. I lived there from when I was a toddler until 4th grade, when we moved to Anchorage. I absolutely LOVED Bethel! I was lucky enough to live in a place where I could eat as much smoked salmon as I wanted, and had the freedom to go out exploring every day with my sister. I also loved the strong sense of community.
What are your goals for this school year?
My goals for this school year is to know the APU programs backwards and forwards, help as many students as possible through the admissions process, and to build and maintain strong connections throughout Alaska.
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I received my Bachelor of Arts through UAA. I majored in Anthropology with a focus on cultural Anthropology and Minored in Alaska Native Studies.
What is your fondest memory from when you were in school?
My fondest memory of school was during an Alaska Native Studies course, we had a whole class devoted to Alaska Native Elders and storytelling. The stories were mesmerizing! And the Elders were so motivational.
When you were a college student, who was the most influential person in your life?
I gave birth to my first son when I was a sophomore (I started college later in life). He was my motivation to finish and do well. I learned a lot about time management!
What do you do in your free time? What’s the last book you read, movie you watched?
In my free time I enjoy being outside with my two sons, Aiden and Ivan, and my husband, Brad. I also enjoy cross-country skiing, running, kayaking, and hiking. I also enjoy a good Netflix binge, too.
The last book I read was Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.
The last movie I watched was The Shape of Water at the Beartooth.
What are you most excited about for this job?
I am most excited about finding a position where I can work in education, directly with students, and also be able to maintain a connection with rural Alaska and the many cultures of Alaska.