Jason Hersey/Sun Star Columnist May 6, 2014 Over the years, I have always been baffled by how many students at UAF spend the cold, dark winter trudging through school, and the snow, and as soon as May hits and finals are over, leave the state. Fairbanks has always been a place where people come from […]
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 landed in Kotzebue, tried for Nome, headed back to Kotzebue, and finally returned to Anchorage. “What am I doing here?” Although, I missed a flight […]
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 so, the farther north you get. In Fairbanks, everyone is already talking about it, and if you are not, beware. Most of us have seen […]
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 for during this jam-packed student teaching semester. I have to admit I’m still not used to hearing “Mr. Hersey,” especially when sitting in the coffee […]
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 the sun and it’s still fricking cold…February blahs. It is a phenomenon that spreads itself like a rumor by the lips of old-timers, house-husbands, UAF […]
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 Kawasaki motorcycle with another crazy travel scheme—this time: Alaska to New York in the middle of winter. This winter break was cold, dark and it […]
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.
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.
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 it is that “off the grid” mentality that believes we will have the highest survival rate of a complete government collapse.
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 Columnist Jason Hersey.