Unalaska, AK

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A bit about me:

My name is Noah. I'm a computer science student at UAF, and I am currently a junior. You probably haven't seen me around campus; I'm actually in a different dimensional plane of existence. And by  'dimensional plane of existence,' I mean 'country.' That's right! I'm currently studying abroad in Norway thanks to UAF's awesome exchange program!

Why did you choose to attend UAF?

My initial reasons for choosing UAF revolved around the low attendance cost. I did well in high school and wanted to take advantage of that by saving my money and earning an awesome education at UAF. I had also been to UAF previously as a student at ASRA, a science/engineering-oriented summer camp for middle/high school students. I knew what UAF was like and had no problem choosing to attend
(a decision which I most certainly do not regret).

What do you like best about UAF?

I grew up in a small town and feel completely overwhelmed in big cities. UAF is the perfect size for me. It's small enough that there is a tightly knit community but big enough to have plenty to offer in terms of education, fun and socialization. Overall it's extremely cozy.

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

When I'm not gaming, I generally spend my time studying, building things (robots mostly), programming things, teaching children or hanging out with friends. I also sing/whistle/hum pretty much all the time. In the last couple years I've taken part of several extracurricular activities (including the UAF Student Ambassadors), such as the Alaska Summer Research Academy (ASRA), Lunabotics (a NASA mining/robotics competition), choir (although choir was a class so that might not be an 'extracurricular,' but I'm not a music major or minor so I consider it extracurricular), and aikido (see my above explanation
for choir).

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

Prepare to screw up and learn from your mistakes. Nobody is perfect, and you, my lovely reader, are no exception. You will make mistakes, whether they be related to classes or friends or activities or time
management or taking care of yourself (please brush your teeth and shower) and your space (please wash your bed sheets). The number one thing to remember is to breathe and reflect on your mistakes. Don't
dwell on them, but try not to repeat them.

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

In addition to ASRA (which taught me to program and build things) and Lunabotics (which taught me break and subsequently fix things), I was lucky enough to get a campus job at UAF's Office of Information Technology (OIT) during my freshman year. Since then, I have gotten another job with the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center (ARSC). UAF has great opportunities for student employment on campus, and the employers are amazing. With OIT then and ARSC now, I have gotten a ton of experience with programming, modifying and maintaining software, and assisting users with problems. As soon as I get back from Norway, I hope to continue working with ARSC and learn much more!

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

After I graduate, I want to get a graduate degree and perhaps even a doctorate. However, I'd also like to work and make money after I graduate. The best of both worlds would probably be to work full time at
UAF while going to school so that I can get paid while not having to pay tuition for classes as a full-time employee.

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

Norway of course! :)

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