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College Survival Guide: Welcome to rural, Alaskan travel

College Survival Guide: Welcome to rural, Alaskan travel

Jason Hersey/Sun Star Columnist April 22, 2014   As it gets dark and the scenery from Northwestern Alaska fades, my plane heads back to Anchorage, the city of origin. We…

College Survival Guide: Spring Fever

College Survival Guide: Spring Fever

Jason Hersey/Sun Star Columnist Nowhere in this country do the profound seasonal mood swings, from summer, fall, winter and spring, manifest themselves so flamboyantly as they do in Alaska—and, especially…

College Survival Guide: The Adventures of Student Teaching

College Survival Guide: The Adventures of Student Teaching

Mar. 4, 2014 “Mr. Hersey, are you gonna come play handball with us?” comes a question from a soft-voiced, high school girl from the P.E. class that I occasionally substitute…

The blah, blah winter blahs

The blah, blah winter blahs

Jason Hersey/Sun Star Columnist It’s called the winter ‘blahs,’ and they hit hard in February. You know, that post Valentines, no sentimental holiday to look forward to, I haven’t seen…

Alaska to New York in the winter…on a motorcycle?

Alaska to New York in the winter…on a motorcycle?

Jason Hersey/Sun Star Columnist Feb. 4, 2014 For the third time since September 2012, Fernando García of Spain, known as El Búfalo, passed through Fairbanks on the same beat up…

College Survival Guide: Really? Another coal plant?

College Survival Guide: Really? Another coal plant?

Four years since columnist Jason Hersey and some friends--and an estimated 100,000 others--took to the streets in Copenhagen, Denmark to demand climate justice. They're still waiting.…

College Survival Guide: Don’t be a Gringo

College Survival Guide: Don’t be a Gringo

While student teaching, Jason Hersey heard about programs that send high school students on exchange. Here's why doing everything that you can to learn a language is a good idea.…

College Survival Guide: Why we live here

College Survival Guide: Why we live here

Maybe it is that Alaska boasts half the poverty rate of the national average. Or it's the opportunity to stock your freezer with local food and game meat. Or maybe…

College Survival Guide: The 10-year plan

College Survival Guide: The 10-year plan

Not everyone is in a hurry to "take a full load" and "finish in four." Here are some perks of being on the 10-year plan, according to resident College Survival…

College Survival Guide: Living cheap but with luxuries

College Survival Guide: Living cheap but with luxuries

Jason Hersey offers some flow-chart advice for cheap living.…