As my friend T. would say, Sweet Baby Cthulhu, its Spring Break Week. Heading into the tail end of the week we got a day off, WOOT. So not only as a student did I get a break from class but as a Uni employee I got Friday off! So instead of sleeping in and drinking my weight in coffee, I hauled my tail to my office anyway. Time to catch up on all of the homework that I have been avoiding for weeks. Deadlines ticking in the background, I had to put my nose down and actually do the work.
Whew, this class is harder than I thought it would be. Advanced International Macro Economics. I have a great professor thankfully who is super organized and expectations and due dates are clearly outlined. If not for this and the fact she is in tune with the progress of the class I am not sure I would be able to make it through. I spent all day reviewing the lectures, which I took weeks ago, and finished my questions. Whew. I do think that I understand it better now.
To celebrate my completion of the long over due homework I took a stroll around campus. It warmed up nicely from the -17 in the am to a brisk 24 (above) by 3 pm. I so love the view from the West Ridge of Campus. I totally love our campus. Its small but amazing in a lot of ways. When the sky is clear you can see the Alaska Range behind me and there are amazing ski trails right behind my office. What more could you want. As I walk around our campus I can only think about our future.
As a student and employee of the University of Alaska I feel very protective of our institution, from Juneau-Anchorage-Fairbanks-Rural sites. Right now we are at a crucial time. The State of Alaska is cutting our funding putting world class education at jeopardy. World class instruction and training are more important than ever in our geographically isolated state. Not to mention the impact it has on jobs, the community, and beyond. It is time to speak up to our representative and let them know how important our University system is to the state, not just in our 3 main locations but all of the rural sites that we serve! We all want to do our part to balance to State budget, but we can’t destroy the systems that we have. Alaska is isolated enough as it is, cutting off our main avenue of Higher Education and Occupational training is crazy. As the oil field go idle with this low oil prices, occupational re-training is going to be essential to the continued economic growth of our beautiful state. (These are my opinions, not the University of Alaska)
I urge you to visit The Alaska State Legislature to find your local representative or make a general testimony and voice your opinion on the value of the University of Alaska and higher education and training.