Seward Guide Profiles

Krystal Garrison

Krystal Garrison

Hometown/High school: Albany, NY / Guilderland High School

My College/Degree:AAS Photography / Sage College of Albany BA Journalism & Public Communications / University of Alaska Anchorage

Phone/Email: 907-269-7980/269-7978 / krystal.garrison@alaska.gov

Personal Biography:

Why I went to college:

Even though I wasn't always sure of what I would study, I've always known that I wanted to go to college. From a very young age, I knew that college was a key step in creating the future I had pictured for myself. I knew that higher education meant more opportunities and a bigger paycheck – and that meant more freedom to do the things I really wanted to do.

I was a bit nervous about going to college, mainly because it seemed incredibly expensive and a long-term commitment that I wasn't sure I was ready to make. So, I did it in steps. Receiving an Associate's degree directly after high school allowed me to work, save money and travel. Later, I decided to move to Alaska and complete my Bachelor's degree.

In the transition from high school to post-secondary education, I was really surprised to see how different college was. I loved the freedom of class options, scheduling and campus activities. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of learning, open dialogue and sharing ideas. It was great getting to know people from so many different places, cultures and personal backgrounds. College was completely different than high school – and I loved that.

Why I chose to be a College & Career Guide:

I wanted to become an ACAC Guide because I saw the true difference post-secondary education made in my own life. I know that the process of applying, enrolling and paying for post-secondary education can be an intimidating and daunting process, and I want to help ease that transition and make college an appealing option for students in Alaska.