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Allison Eberhard

Government and History,
Smith College Class of 2001


Allison Eberhard

Allison Eberhard
In the summer of 1996, Allison Eberhard dipped the front wheel of her bicycle into the ocean surf twice: first in the Pacific at Anacortes, Washington, and, six weeks later, in the Atlantic at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She, along with fifteen other young people, had pedaled every mile in between. "I climbed three mountain ranges, crossed ten states and one province, and cycled along the shores of four of the five Great Lakes," she says now. "When it was over I was in love with the great outdoors." This love of the out-of-doors is not surprising in a young woman who clearly relishes adventure. She has hiked, biked and skied her way across North America and New Zealand. She's played Ultimate Frisbee, and has earned a green belt in Shorin-Ryu, a form of Okinawan karate.

Allison's pursuit of adventure is not limited to the athletic. After her freshman year in college on the West Coast she transferred to Smith College, looking for a more challenging academic environment "I study government and history at Smith," she says. "This college has all the academic challenge I need, and, sometime, even a little bit more." She traces her interest in government to her days as student council president at her high school in California. "I was a crusader for 'no-homework weekends.' Not a phenomenal success," she admits. As a senior at Smith, she will be looking at the history of Native American sovereignty, studying the ways in which Alaska Native tribal history compares with the larger history of Native sovereignty in the United States.

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