An Interview with Waverli Stowe
What does your job at APU entail?
I am the Admissions Counselor for Graduate Programs, so a big part of my job is to assist graduate students through the admissions process. A lot of the students I work with are older adults returning to school after working for several years—their needs are different from a traditional student right out of high school. Often they have concerns about being able to keep their jobs, about family time, and of course, cost. I try to put them at ease and help them find out what is best for them. Another part of my role at APU is recruitment. So far I have traveled to Kodiak and Minneapolis to tell people all about Alaska Pacific University. Those conversations often explaining that Alaska isn’t like Ice Road Truckers.
What are your goals for this school year?
My goal is to learn more about Alaska Pacific University and how I can better serve prospective students. I am so excited to learn about all the new and upcoming opportunities here.
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
I went to University of Alaska, Anchorage and my major was International Studies with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. My official concentration was in Northeast Asia but I also studied international development. While at UAA I studied both Japanese and Chinese and even studied abroad in China for two months. International Studies and Women Studies are both interdisciplinary, so I got the opportunity to learn about a ton of different subjects from politics, to history, to health sciences, and even into environmental sciences.
What is your fondest memory from when you were in school?
It’s hard to pick any one memory, but I think that my favorite part was attending the Oxfam Change Leader training in Boston. The other students I met there are amazing people and I still talk to some of them on Facebook. I learned a lot about food security and affective activism from the program and highly recommend it.
When you were a college student, who was the most influential person in your life?
The most influential person while I was in college had to be Dorn Vandommelen. He was my Geography 101 professor (as well as my supervisor, employer, and academic advisor for a time). It was a fantastic class that really was an eye-opening experience about food security around the world and the different issues each region faces. It changed the way I thought about food, activism, and the importance of sustainability. I loved every minute of that class.
What do you do in your free time? What’s the last book you read, movie you watched?
In my free time I write, watch online series, and listen to podcasts. I am a very slow reader, so I usually listen audiobook — the last audiobook I finished was “Vorkosigan Saga: Memory.” The most recent movie I saw in theaters was “Star Wars: Last Jedi,” which I loved.
What are you most excited about for this job?
I think traveling will be exciting for sure! I look forward to seeing different parts of the country that I might not have seen before. I honestly love seeing the students who come to these college fairs because they are often just so excited about school. I loved my time in college and I feel like I get to go back to that time as I assist students.