Midlife in College

River Rafting at UAA

Late in the summer or at the beginning of the fall semester I took a river rafting course as part of my outdoor leadership program at UAA. The goal of the class is to teach students the fundamentals of river rafting in a fun and safety conscious environment. All of the outdoor classes at UAA are designed the same way. …

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Rolex Explorer II

After looking at Rolex watches for years I finally walked into the Ben Bridge store in Anchorage, the only authorized dealer for Rolex in Alaska last weekend. At this point I had never held one of these watches in my hand and really didn’t know what to expect including the price. I had read a lot of forums online that …

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The Sibe Vibe presents Robert Forto

On this episode of “The Sibe Vibe,” I’m chatting with my multi-talented producer and co-host, Robert Forto, lead musher for Team Ineka, who just completed leading his very first Winter Expedition that was his Dreamchaser Leadership internship for his outdoor leadership degree through the University of Alaska Anchorage. We will be talking about the exciting six night journey, which was …

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Midlife in College: Internship Presentation

Here is a slideshow of my internship exit presentation. This is a video of our winter multi-sport expedition. It was created by one of the team members who is also a journalism student at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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The Expedition is on!

After months of meetings and a ton of work, the multi-sport winter expedition through the University of Alaska Anchorage is on! I am so honored to be taking a group of 10 outdoor leaders on a week-long expedition in the backcountry of Alaska this March. This is my internship through the HPER program and a cumulation of my experience as …

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Sea Kayaking Class

As part of my Outdoor Leadership degree program at UAA we are required to take six, one credit outdoor classes during our program. This spring I enrolled in the Beginning Sea Kayaking class. All the outdoor classes are set up in the same way; a couple sessions in the classroom to go over trip planning, introduction to gear, and signing …

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Midlife in College: One Year Down, Part 2

As I headed into my second semester at UAA after winter break I felt pretty good about myself and my progress. I had finished my first term with two As and three Bs and even managed to squeezed in a quick trip to Hawaii with Michele in October and not miss but one class session. The spring semester began the …

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Midlife in College: One Year Down

About this time last year I was looking into questions I had for my daughter, Nicole, who was going to be a senior the next school year and thinking about going off to college at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska. While looking at the website, talking to registration counselors and admissions qualifications, I thought to myself, I …

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Six Women of Salem book review

In American History class we had to read a monographic (a very long freaking book about a single subject in history). As a horror buff and purveyor of the macabre I chose the Salem Witch Trails of course. Attached is my first attempt at a (decent length) college paper. I hope you enjoy, footnotes and all! Book review

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