"As a young child, I had grand dreams where I imagined myself as a doctor, lawyer, president of the world. My mother was entirely on board with this," said Lyndea Kelleher, University of Alaska Anchorage's 2018 spring commencement speaker. "She told me that as long as I completed my education, I could be whatever I wanted."

Kelleher was among the more than 1,200 undergrad and graduate students who retrieved their diplomas over the weekend. She joined Daybreak on Monday to discuss what brought her back to UAA after initially studying out of state in California and her plans for the future.

"Honestly, I missed Alaska, I came home for winter break and had such an awesome time, so exciting hanging out with friends who were here," she said. "So they convinced me to come back and it was the best decision I have ever made".

Kelleher majored in Economics, initially not wanting to address the subject at all. A friend convinced her to go for it, and upon taking a class, realizing she fell in love with it.

She said that volunteering and internships were very important to her.

"I really wanted to give back to the community and be involved in Anchorage," she said. "I feel like that's how you get the most out of living here, it's creating those connections with the community."

On her plans for the future, Lyndea said:

"I'm going to stay in Anchorage...I'm looking for full-time employment and grad school, hopefully, in the future, but I can do some more work within the city, focusing on economic development."

Congratulations to UAA's class of 2018!

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