College Survival Guide

Jolene, here for summer, here forever

Jolene, here for summer, here forever

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 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 […]

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 it is that “off the grid” mentality that believes we will have the highest survival rate of a complete government collapse.