Alex

Hometown:

Lawrenceville, GA

Class standing/years in college:

Junior

A bit about me:

Growing up in the suburbs of Atlanta, I missed out on snow and mountains. I am a mining engineering student now, and I enjoy music, snowboarding and dirt.

Why did you choose to attend UAF?

It seemed like a very friendly and accessible campus in a location that I really wanted to spend some time in. When I first saw the website I recognized quickly that it was the best university in Alaska for what I wanted to do.

What do you like best about UAF?

My favorite thing about UAF is how is has become a home base for me year round. My summers are spent bouncing in and out of town because I typically work camp jobs. Even then I spend a significant portion of my time hanging out around campus. The Eielson Building parking lot seems to be a very common meet–up place in my group of friends for carpooling or just to hang out and use the Duckering shower and library.

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

In my spare time I play a lot of banjo, go snowboarding with friends or try to travel as much as possible. I spend a lot of time dancing with the Inu-Yupiaq Dance group on campus and usually stay involved in UAF’s Society of Metallurgical, Mining and Exploration group.

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

If UAF is your first pick for a university, do not let anything get in your way to attend. Be prepared for deadlines, apply for scholarships and become committed to attending. If you do that, it will come to you and it will pay off in the end.

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

My first mining experiences were at the school’s underground mine near Fox, Alaska. Spending time at Silver Fox Mine taught me some basics that would help me be familiar with regulations at other mines.         

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

Right now, I am expecting to graduate and begin work as an engineer for Valdez Creek Mining LLC, which is the company I currently work for located east of Cantwell.

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

Vancouver seems pretty nice, sandwiched between the mountains and the beach.

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