When Cameron Blood finished high school in Seattle, his grandparents encouraged him to broaden his horizons.
“They both wanted me to leave,” he said. “They were like ‘Get out there. Go travel.’ I said ‘Alaska,’ and my grandma said ‘That is an amazing idea.’”
Blood first learned of UAF from a high school counselor. He was intrigued by the large number of Alaska Native students — about 25% of the school population. He was also interested in Russia and history, so Alaska seemed ideal.
In Seattle, Blood attended Garfield High School, which serves a majority African-American community and whose famous graduates include Jimi Hendrix and Quincy Jones. Blood also participated in the Rainier Scholars program, a 12-year initiative to help kids succeed in college. Blood had been living with his grandparents since he was seven; they adopted him when he was 13.
At UAF, Blood switched his major from Arctic and Northern studies to justice during his freshman year. He’s thinking about becoming a police officer — and eventually a detective.
“Seattle has a thing where there’s a shortage of cops,” he said. “Police officers get paid a decent amount, and I have a lot of family members and family friends who are in justice.”
Blood also enjoys UAF’s Model UN club, where students represent different countries in simulated international debates. “It’s interesting to argue your case based not on your own opinion but on what that nation would want, what other people would want,” he said.