Bartlett Guide Profile

Aneliese Palmer

Aneliese Palmer

Hometown/High school: Eagle River, Alaska. High school: Chugiak HS

My College/Degree: Harvard University / Comparative Study of Religion, minor in Neuroscience

Phone/Email: 907-742-1885 / aneliese.palmer@alaska.gov

Personal Biography:

Why I went to college:

I wanted to go to college because I have always been obsessed with learning. I couldn't wait to continue to grow intellectually and personally. My parents are strong supporters of education, and gave me the inspiration I needed to reach high and the courage I needed to move to Boston.

My favorite part about college, by far, was surrounding myself with people I know will be with me the rest of my life. My university nurtured a strong sense of community and an incredible sense of belonging. Freshmen year, I loved sitting in the dining hall until the wee hours of the night, whether we were doing homework, debating personal philosophies, or gossiping about boys (okay, that was most of the time).

For me, the scariest thing about college was the immediacy of important decisions--which major to choose? Which job to pick? Where am I going to move after I graduate? It seemed that time was running out to nail down a "career." I couldn't settle on a path; I was consumed by an anxiety to decide. I eventually chose to study what I loved, and am happy for it. These decisions can seem a daunting hurdle, but easing into them became one of the most rewarding aspects of a postsecondary education.

Why I chose to be a College & Career Guide:

I wanted to become an ACAC Guide because I cannot imagine how my life would differ had I not chosen to go to college-- and I realize I am very privileged in being able to make this choice. However, access to a postsecondary education should not be a privilege, but a right. I believe, perhaps a little too fervently, that accessibility to continued education can better an individual and their community in a profound way. I am excited to help make this choice an easier one for students while examining the specific challenges that face Alaskan students.