Mallory Millay: 2012 Outstanding Graduate-Geography & Env. Studies
“I chose UAS because it offered in state tuition, my twin sister was a UA scholar and it is located in Southeast Alaska, where I absolutely love living. I wouldn’t trade the atmosphere and beauty of UAS for anything.”
Mallory Millay has made the most of her four years at UAS. In addition to being one of the first graduates of the Geography and Environmental Studies program, she’s participated with the student alumni association in the United Way Day of Caring, learned to snowboard through free lessons for UAS students, played soccer in the Juneau women’s league, written articles for the Whalesong student newspaper and written articles and student profiles for the UAS Public Relations and Marketing office. “Mallory has been an invaluable asset to our office,” said PR and Marketing Director Katie Bausler. "Her write-ups of fellow 2012 Outstanding Graduates well reflect the diversity and wealth of experiences of UAS students.”
“I think the best experiences I’ve had at UAS have been with the friends I’ve made living at housing, and the things we’ve done together in and around Juneau,” said Mallory. “UAS offers great opportunities to meet new people and try new things. I’ve gone on some really cool trips through UAS. I got to go to Sitka for Marine Mammology class to see the herring spawn and almost every kind of marine mammal in Alaska. On another trip I went to Haines for the Eagle Festival. This last fall semester I went to Prince of Wales Island for a Friends of the Pleistocene geology class taught by UAS Professor of Environmental Science Cathy Connor. We got to see fish weirs that were thousands of years old and go inside El Capitan cave, which was awesome.”
“I chose UAS because it offered in state tuition, my twin sister was a UA scholar and it is located in Southeast Alaska, where I absolutely love living. I wouldn’t trade the atmosphere and beauty of UAS for anything,” she said.
Mallory has appreciated her parents and her teachers during her time at UAS. “I’d like to thank my parent’s for helping me afford college and for encouraging me. Sometimes I’d get stressed out and end up calling my mom or dad crying, but they always knew what to say to make me feel like a champ again. It means a lot to me that they’d both work so hard so my sister and I could go to college debt free. I’d also like to thank the UAS faculty who were available to help me when things were over my head with such great patience.”
Mallory grew up in Ketchikan, AK and on the Kenai Peninsula in Soldotna and Seldovia. This summer she is moving to Bellingham Washington where she’ll do an internship with an organization called Conservation Northwest. “I will be a communications intern so I’ll get to work a lot on their blog, posting on Facebook and editing content and writing a little,” she said. I’m excited to be in Washington this summer because it’s my first entire summer spent out of Alaska since I was eight, so I’m ready for something new. She is also ready for a break from school. “I’m tired of homework!” she exclaimed. “I really like to read, so I can’t wait to be able to do that for fun again.”
UAS' 2012 Juneau Commencement will be held May 6 at 2:00 p.m. at the UAS Recreation Center.
Crystal Rogers is receiving her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Independent Design, focusing on the art, language, government and history of indigenous and Western societies in Alaska, with a minor in Tlingit.
Learn more about Crystal Rogers, this year's student speaker at the UAS Commencement in Juneau on May 6th.