Iris

Hometown:

Homer, AK

Class standing/years in college:

Senior

A bit about me:

Born and raised in Homer, I've always loved Alaska. I was a competitive swimmer for 14 years, and I've played piano and viola for many years. I love the ocean, cats and horses, and enjoy the outdoors. I also play my video games and wear Legend of Zelda t-shirts with pride.

Why did you choose to attend UAF?

I didn't want to leave Alaska. And I didn't want to be in a big city (Anchorage). UAF has a good biology program and lots of opportunities.

What do you like best about UAF?

I love the campus community. There's always stuff going on, the people are friendly, and it's actually a campus. You see people you know all the time, and it's never boring.

What do you like to do in your spare time? What extracurricular activities are you a part of?

I play video games and watch movies, go skiing, go hiking, play piano, knit and cook in my free time. I've also always had a campus job, which takes time. I was an RA in Moore Hall (a freshmen dorm) for three years. I volunteer in my department, am a part of the American Fisheries Society and have played broomball for several semesters.

What is one piece of advice you would give to a prospective student interested in UAF?

Get involved. I made the mistake of waiting until my third year to get involved in things outside of class and work. If I could do it again, I would get involved right away.

What "field work" have you done at UAF that will help you find work in your major?

I've worked with Fish and Game as an intern, and I help maintain the fish tank for AFS. My classes also have great lab experience.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

Work in the field as a field tech for Fish and Game or NOAA or Fish and Wildlife or something like that before going to grad school and then teaching biology in highschool or as outreach in the community. I'd love to also coach swimming, get a horse (or two) and live in Homer.

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?

I really want to be in Homer. If not there, Iceland would be cool :)

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