This feedback was gathered in the Alumni Survey. The themes, represented by the quotes below, were expressed by many students.
My most positive experience…
was meeting all Indians of the college, [the] local area and having the opportunity of meeting other Natives during my travels to various meetings, workshops and conferences. Just to know that life offers great people to last a lifetime. Also to be a leader in the school chapter of AIBL.
was the friendships with fellow students and college staff & faculty. These people gave me inspiration to attend and complete college.
occurred at the realization of personal empowerment through the process of reclaiming cultural identity
The most important thing I learned was…
the unique cultural aspects and needs of Native American children in school settings. Prior to my experiences through NWIC, the Native community was virtually invisible to me. I gained valuable insight to which I would not have otherwise been exposed.
to be more confident in myself and to approach issues with a more global view.
education is a key that opens up the door to more choices. Without it you’re limited. Education increases your value in the workplace, and your community. Education equips you to better serve others.
that I really was not to old to accomplish my educational goals.
How did NWIC prepare you for work or further education?
The small class sizes really made me zero in on learning. Some of the papers I wrote at NWIC were well respected by Fairhaven College staff at WWU
I made it through not only 3 years of college and 2 degrees, but I was hired at a higher position just out of college. I believe [that was] because of the education [at NWIC].