Student Blog

Voice your opinion and provide your feedback on a variety of topics on KEF’s Student Blog . We want to know how you feel on subjects of cross cultural communication, your college experiences, barriers you have encountered and how you overcome the challenges that you face.

This is an opportunity to help and learn from your fellow peers who are just as engaged in the college arena and trying to make ends meet. Topics are facilitated by KEF Mentors and other volunteer authors. If you're interested in becoming a KEF blog author, please send your request to Visit this blog often as new topics will be introduced on a regular basis.

Online Native American & Alaskan Native Policy Resources

Are you interested in keeping up and tracking Native American Policy issues?  Below you will find a few useful websites:

Media Sources:

– Indian Country Today and often have links to scholarships, … (read more)

SAMHSA Internship Opportunity

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This is an amazing opportunity, and it would look great on a résumé!  It’s a 10-week, fulltime internship at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Washington, D.C.

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Hello Koniag Students!!

Fall semester is well underway and I wanted to congratulate all of the scholarship recipients.

I would like to introduce myself and offer any of you to contact me.  My name is LaRita Laktonen. I … (read more)

Going Greek

I have a secret. Ok, maybe not a real secret, because I doubt anyone cares!

Before I was mother to three Alutiiq wunderkinds and perennial professional student… back in the days when I was still … (read more)

The Importance of Clear Interpretation

No matter how well thought out a presentation may be it is important to have an audience who is also willing to listen and learn.  People who have made up their minds about certain subjects … (read more)

Despite strong fiscal positions, elite liberal arts colleges have started to question the long-term viability of the sector’s financial and educational models.

Here is an interesting article I came across from  It discusses how schools are beginning to change their fiscal model in charging students for tuition, room & board, etc.

Starting to Worry

October 10, … (read more)

Tips for a Successful Interview

Last week, I spent a week preparing students for job interviews by hosting a mock-session with them. Becoming comfortable with the process, and questions you will be asked, will help you when faced with the … (read more)

So, if a Sugpiaq falls in a lower 48 forest…

is the thunk still indigenous?
Ok, that was a bit of a reach, but this blog is more of an open mic and a question for you guys because I don’t have answers– just more … (read more)

More survival tips for the Non-traditional student.

Well. I applied for my first scholarship to attend graduate courses last week. For those canny readers who remember that my path to the undergraduate degree wasn’t without its bumps (I was apparently on the … (read more)

Getting into Medical School

Hello everyone!  My husband is in his third year of medical school and I’ve been with him the whole way.  So here are some tips from him that I’ve learned along the way.

Getting into medical … (read more)