Hello Anchorage students! I'm Becky and I'm considering exchanging at UAA for next semester. I'm currently a 2nd year at New College of Florida, which is a tiny public liberal arts school in Sarasota, Florida. I have a lot of questions for y'all.
1. Umm.. what is Alaska like? I grew up in Orlando, Florida and now go to college south of there. The most cold weather I've experienced was one week in November in upstate New York... when I was 11. I didn't own close-toed shoes for 3 years until this year. And I don't own pants. I have no clue what kind of clothing/other stuff (besides pants, clearly) I would need to buy if I spent Fall semester in Anchorage. And I mean, that shit's expensive, right? Where could I buy it used or really cheap? How does one survive Winter? I just don't know shit about Alaska.
2. What is Anchorage like? The college I go to now is in Sarasota, which is a glorified beach-front retirement community. Lots of rich, old, white people and conservative young families. How big is Anchorage, and what type of area is campus in? How's the public transportation? What is there to do? Is it liberal or conservative?
3. How do you feel about academics? I'm used to taking small classes and I haven't had grades since high school. I want to take classes in Art History, gender/diversity studies, Anthropology, and especially the American Sign Language program. What classes are tough or impossible to get in to? How much time to you/students in general spend on schoolwork?
4. Student life: What do you guys do all the time? What types of events does the school program, and what do students put on themselves? What are some of the big clubs on campus? Is there much diversity, or any diversity clubs/groups? Is there a liberal or radical presence on campus?
5. What else do you have to tell me? What has your experience been like at UAA, good or bad? I want to know as much as I can before I make my decision!