Nicole

Hometown:

Eagle River, AK

Class standing/years in college:

Junior

A bit about me:

I'm a Junior in the Natural Resource Management program, but my interests range all over the spectrum. I also work as a Resident Assistant in the campus dorms, and while I generally come off as a quiet person, I have a silly sense of humor and love meeting new people.

Why did you choose to attend UAF?

My main passion is Natural Resource Management -- every little thing about the program is exciting to me. UAF offers one of the best NRM programs around, with some of the best hands-on experience and research opportunities offered.

What do you like best about UAF?

The positive community here is fantastic -- lots of people are involved on campus, and there are many opportunities to meet a variety of people from different backgrounds.

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

I'm very much a health nut; I suspect the fact that my mother works at a gym has something to do with it. I love running outdoors, but when I'm inside, I can generally be found writing my stories or playing my guitar.

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

Don't be afraid to explore your interests! When you find something that you're passionate about, your college experience becomes ten times better.

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

I worked in the plant pathology lab last summer, assisting with research concerning potential symbiotic relationship between a microorganism and potatoes to help the crop grow better in Alaskan conditions.

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

Get involved! Whether I'm in an office or in the field, I'm just excited to get started on utilizing my degree. My initial plan is to get involved with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, but i know there are many opportunities open to me that would welcome with equal vigor.

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

New Zealand -- there are wildlife conservations, interesting animals, hobbit holes, and penguins on the beach. What's not to love?

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