2015 Student Commencement Speaker
Who do you want to represent the UAF graduating class of 2015?
Nominations are now open for the 2015 Student Commencement Speaker.
Nominees should be a student who positively represents the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is graduating in either December 2014 or May 2015.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 27th 2015.
To nominate a student complete the 2015 nomination form.
Where Are They Now?
Each month we will feature a former UAF student to see where they are and how UAF helped them get there!
Name: Denali Critchett
What year did you graduate?
May of 2014
What is your degree?
B.S. Petroleum Engineering
What is your job title now?
I am currently a field engineer for Schlumberger. More specifically I work as a MWD (Measurements While Drilling) Engineer in their Drilling and Measurements services and am based out of Prudhoe Bay, AK. I am currently on loan working in a small county in East Texas for 2 months before 2 months of technical school in Sugarland, TX.
What were you involved in at UAF?
At UAF I was involved in New Student Orientation, the Live program, served as a student ambassador, involved in multiple engineering organizations, an active participant in intramurals and a member of the Aurora Aerial Arts Club.
What is your favorite memory from being involved at UAF?
My favorite memory at UAF was berry biking.
This activity does not necessarily come from UAF, but comes from the kind of people that UAF attracts. Students ready for adventure and free food. Berry biking consists of riding a mountain bike, or bike from the dump, on the university trail system, scanning the surrounding woods for delectable cranberries. When you see the red hue you then dismount your bike as quickly as possible, grabbing the empty ice cream tub off your bike and running into the woods as though the berries will run away. The excitement this activity brings is fantastic, so I recommend bringing your friends, because when excitement hits people don’t even remove their bike helmets. It is always a good laugh when they look around and realize that everyone else has already removed theirs. I do warn you though, if you embark on this journey to make cranberry muffins, be safe and wear your helmet, and watch out for wildlife lingering the woods looking for tasty snacks as well!
How has involvement at UAF helped you in your post grad adventures?
My involvement at UAF really helped me talk to anyone I meet and not be afraid to try something new. It helped me learn how to balance different aspects of my life and showed me how much I really enjoy constantly learning new things. Now I know that if I am not challenged and learning new things in a job, it is not the job for me. Like with classes, those challenging teachers and classes that seem to drive me crazy are the ones that are actually helping me in my career now.
If I could give a UAF Freshman one piece of advice it would be to always be involved, since even if your friends aren’t doing it with you, you are bound to make new friends and make connections. Being involved in one activity can lead to you learning about other great opportunities too, or simply having enough people to make an intramural sports team.
Go-to college food should never be COOKIES. When you have an apartment with 4 people, and the most common way to procrastinate is making cookies, it’s not the healthiest lifestyle choice. Yes cookies and dough are delicious and might bring you are your roommate’s closer, but make sure you go to the gym at least once per batch of cookies (roommates included)
We are located in the Wood Center and offer a rich variety of opportunities for you to get involved at UAF, develop your leadership skills and style, meet new people, and be of service in our community and beyond.
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