Hello everyone! My name is Kylaren Short, I’m a sophomore majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Criminology and Forensics. I am enrolled in the Inupiat tribe from Northern Alaska, but I grew up in a small town in Northern Wisconsin (Go Packers!).

As well as being a full-time student at UNC, I enjoy the outdoors and look forward to the winters here in Colorado so I can snowboard in the mountains. In Wisconsin there’s not a variety of places to go that are scenic when it comes to Snowboarding, also I don’t mind a trip or two up into the mountains. In total, I have 3 pets, one German Shepherd named Sasha Mae, one cat named Magni and a kitten named Chilombo (my roommates and I are amazing at names). One of my future goals is to travel internationally in a home van and see all of the hidden wonders of the world.

As a First-Generation college student it was extremely important for me to start somewhere new to create my own story away from my hometown in Florence, Wisconsin. Since I did not grow up on a tribal reservation, it was extremely difficult for me to feel connected with my culture and who I am as a Native woman. Thankfully Native American Student Services has allowed me to finally get involved. My most memorable event had to be when Joy Harjo came to campus and I got to hear her poems and music, for me it was such a peaceful time to know I finally found a place that I could start connecting with my ancestors and who I am meant to be. I have grown so much as a person professionally and personally thanks to NASS. Along with being able to connect with some of the most amazing people at the center, I am always excited for what’s next!

Coming to UNC honestly had to be the best decision I made when it came to the next big step after High School. Without UNC, I wouldn’t have been able to be involved within Native American Student Services or meet the people I now call my closest friends. At UNC I am currently studying Psychology because I have a love for how the brain works and minoring in Criminology and Forensics allows me to have the possibility to one day become an investigator. I look forward to seeing everyone around campus and Go Bears!

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