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UAS Ketchikan
By Cameron Taylor


June 26, 2009

During high school, I never had any interest in going to college after graduating. It was at the end of my senior year that I decided last minute to attend UAS Ketchikan. I still believe that it was the best decision that I have made.

Unlike most students, I chose to stay here in Ketchikan and attend the small UAS campus. There are no dorms or massive lecture halls, but rather small intimate classrooms and caring teachers. UAS Ketchikan is special, ultimately because of the staff. Some live in Ketchikan and teach classes locally, either at the Paul or Robertson building. Most also offer distance courses, classes in which you meet online than in person or never meet at all. No matter what the delivery method, the instructors at UAS Ketchikan are knowledgeable, friendly, and caring. My success at UAS is because of the outstanding faculty.

Not only am I grateful for the instructors, I am equally grateful for the staff at the learning center, library, front desk, and administration. The learning center and the library are the places to go if you have homework problems, need research help, or need a place to relax. I am also happy to go to the front desk with any problems or questions that I have because those gals are a tremendous help with any thing, big or small. The advisors also deserve recognition because, without them, many students would have a hard time navigating through their degree programs. The advisors are there to applaud your successes and to help you when times get tough.

Ketchikan is a very generous community and I think many students at UAS Ketchikan would agree with this. There are many businesses, organizations, and individuals that support, both financially and emotionally, students at UAS. This support brings much needed motivation and empowerment but also shows that someone else believes in you and wants you to succeed. The UAS system is also very generous and I am forever grateful for the generosity displayed by UAS and Ketchikan.

Thank you, UAS, for providing a quality university in Ketchikan. I cannot wait to be back in the fall.

Cameron Taylor
Ketchikan, AK


Received June 24, 2008 - Published June 26, 2009



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