More than just another class
UAS offers fun and adventure while earning college credit.
By: Hollis Kitchin
The University of Alaska Southeast has a variety of Language courses available to expand your linguistic knowledge, from the usual Spanish, French and Russian to American Sign Language, Haida and Tlingit.
If you’re more interest in international cuisine than language then check out the Global Connections club. Global Connections meets once a month for members to cook a variety of dishes from a certain country or region;last year’s dinners featured Japan, Spain and Russia. The dinners are also an opportunity to meet the international and national exchange students while enjoying the plethora of dishes.
More of an outdoorsy type? The Outdoor Studies program offers a variety of short classes that are sure to keep you busy even when the class is over. Classes like backpacking, swift water rescue, rock-climbing, fly fishing, sea or white water kayaking make for an
adventurous extra credit or two.
Each of these classes will keep you active and teach you a new skill for outdoor fun during weekends and breaks. One of the advantages of the Outdoor Studies classes is that most of them start later in the semester so if you suddenly need an extra credit, due to having to drop another class, you can easily pick up an ODS class and have a little more fun.
If you don’t want to take extra classes but still want the fun of staying active around campus there’s the Bicycle club, the Caving club, Frisbee golf or the Kayaking club. Each of these clubs and intramural sports on campus allow for being active and meeting new people around campus.
If you’re feeling the urge to create things this semester, UAS offers art, welding, and woodworking classes to provide great opportunities to learn useful skills while producing a tangible object. Classes such as Ceramics, Sculpture and Batik introduce the different media to create artwork that is both visually appealing and practical for use in the kitchen, wardrobe or as decoration.
Welding and Woodworking classes introduce students to different types of trades. The skills learned in these classes can be used in different aspects of life, whether its repairs, building or even artwork.
Taking a class outside of your major or general education requirements is a great way to relax and de-stress your brain. With the great opportunities available at UAS, no semester has to be all work and no play.