The day has finally arrived! Seven years, three states, two universities, and 25 dogs later, I have finally earned a Bachelor in Business Administration Degree in Accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I know over a million people earn a bachelor degree every year, compared with the hundreds of Iditarod finishers ever, but for me, earning my degree was an enormous challenge. When there's a world of adventure and unexplored wilderness, it's hard to buckle down and put your nose in a textbook. You could say I was easily distracted. Luckily, I have amazing friends, mentors, and family members to put me on the right track and help me excel. The opportunity to further my education has truly been a privilege and will open so many doors in the future. I could not be more grateful for all the amazing opportunities I've had. So thank you to all that have helped me accomplish this goal!