Uvlaalluataq , uuvinga attiga Aagnauruq, Kikiktagrukmii.
I am a girl of the tundra, salt water ocean and rocky beaches. I was born and raised in Kotzebue and am a part of the Ferguson and Reich family. A Husky alumni from Kotzebue High School, I went off to the big city to attend college at UAA. Needless to say I learned a lot about how to navigate the new school system, a new city, and a lot about myself—turns out you won’t do well in school if you never show up to class, there are a lot of moose in Anchorage, and the bus system wasn’t as hard to learn as I initially thought.
I had a hard time in school after my first semester, I ended up on academic probation and was no longer eligible for scholarships. I picked up a part-time job and struggled to get back on track. I had the opportunity to pursue a career at a great company, and decided to take a semester off of school and work full time while I figured out what I wanted to major in in school. I did a bit more research and decided to transfer to Fort Lewis College (FLC) in Durango, CO. It was the hardest, and best, decision I made in my educational career!
I packed my things and went down to the Lower 48 where I fell in love with the FLC campus, professors, and lifestyle in Durango. I applied for every scholarship I could get my hands on, and worked hard at school but I was also able to play hard. I had a full course load every semester and made it a point to focus on my personal wellbeing (working out at the gym, running, and hiking if I had the time) during the work week. I would easily spend 50 hours on homework and 20 hours studying during the work week; however, this allowed me to play on weekends! I was able to hike in Canyonlands National Park, see the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, sink my toes in the white sands at the White Sands National Park, learn to snowboard in Colorado, and the list goes on.
I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration—Management and moved back up to Alaska. I now have the most amazing job working with NANA to help improve the lives of our shareholders.
How do I do that?
I help with connecting our shareholders resources with higher education, career preparation, and employment assistance.
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