Alumni Update: Cheyenne Mathews

Cheyenne and her dad at graduation on Sunday

Kyle Smith
Staff Writer

Cheyenne Mathews (Kayhi class of 2016) graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage Sunday.

Mathews loved UAA where she was the managing editor for the school newspaper, The Northern Light, and said she is thankful for all of the new things she has experienced while attending.

“It’s certainly a tumultuous time to be attending a University of Alaska institution, but I’ve loved getting to know a different part of Alaska,” she said. “I’ve gotten to try everything from skiing to dog mushing.”

Staying in Alaska for college is a nightmare for some, but Cheyenne has found positivity in her decision to do so.

“Staying in Alaska has also allowed me to really understand what it’s like to live in urban Alaska while getting my degree at an affordable price,” said Mathews.  “I can say I am graduating without debt, and that’s a statement that seems to be uncommon these days.”

While helping The Northern Light earn 11 journalism awards in 2018, Mathews also placed second in the print-large category for a story she wrote during her internship at the Anchorage Daily News.

“I’m very proud of what TNL has accomplished and I look forward to seeing what they do in the future,” Said Mathews. “I was only at UAA for three years but I did everything I set out to do, and I’m just excited to move on to bigger and better things.”

Mathews is excited to see what her future holds, and has big plans when she finishes her career at UAA.

I look forward to being done with student life for the first time,” said Mathews.  “I have accepted a position with Peace Corps China, and following graduation, I will move to China to teach English at the university level.”

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