by Amanda Smith
Haskell Indian Nations University has been a college that provides us an easy way to get our education. Not many students realize that our school provides as much as it can to help students get a degree. Haskell wants us as Native students to succeed, we have many that look up to us and at us, we’re in a Non-Native community that think we are all the same but we all come from different tribes and all have goals to accomplish. It’s about us making a change in our communities on the reservations, and showing that Haskell is not just a Native college but an institution that helped many get an education and going farther to become more successful.
One alumni commented, “Haskell was the place where I started my education, it may still look the same since I graduated but it’s the best decision I made, I got the chance to learn about other cultures, made new friends from other states and lastly got my bachelors”. Haskell isn’t a big campus, but that’s what makes it better, we have easy access to being able to sit in a room less than 20 people, we get one-on-one contact with our instructors, and we get the help we need. It’s a start to achieving our goals we have in mind, we want the best and Haskell gives it to us.
Many don’t realize that other students at universities are struggling to pay tuition, room and board, textbooks, and classes. One student stated, “Haskell was a good choice for me, especially if you’re a parent and have a job, it was affordable, flexible class schedules and very helpful”. As for us here at Haskell we are paying less, many complain about how it’s too much to pay but they need to know we may be a small college, but it beats having to go to a college with over 50 students in one classroom or paying for textbooks. Our success starts here, with many relatives from all over the states who all share the same goal to get an education. We can accomplish our goals no matter what.