Ashley

Hometown:

Anchorage, AK

Class standing/years in college:

Senior

A bit about me:

Hi, I'm Ashley! I am born-and-raised Alaskan and very proud of it. I love to cross-country and downhill ski, and I am passionate about working with people.

Why did you choose to attend UAF?

I wanted to go to college somwhere near home but also outside my hometown. More importantly, I wanted to go to school affordably, which I have been able to do here.

What do you like best about UAF?

I really enjoy the community atmosphere here. Yes, it gets to be -40C, but there is so much to do and so many students who are working hard to excel.

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

I am the president of UAF Psi Chi and psychology club, the vice president of the Honors Student Advisory Council, a senator for ASUAF, a three-time UAF new student orientation leader, and a big fan of UAF's intramural sports.

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

Be prepared for UAF to change your life. If you come here, you won't just be going to school, you'll be making amazing friends, and you'll be able to get involved in the campus and Fairbanks community more than you can imagine.

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

I am actually a paid research assistant for the center for Alaska Native Health Research at UAF. This semester, I am hoping to travel to rural Alaska to continue developing a cancer support program for Alaska Native cancer survivors. I also have recieved over $3,000 in research grants from our Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity (URSA).

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I plan to go to graduate school and earn a master's in public health and a doctorate in health psychology.

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

I would enjoy living anywhere in the "Circumpolar North" above the Arctic circle. Sweden or Norway would be fun! :)

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