Dear Dash,

I am almost done with second grade, and I think it is time to seriously think about my plans for the future. When I grow up I want to be a scientist and an inventor. What should I start doing to make sure I stay on the right track? After all, I am not getting any younger!


Brianna, Grade 2


Dear Brianna,

Way to go! It’s great to see that you’re dreaming big and planning now for college! Here are a few things to keep in mind as you work toward making your dreams a reality.

  • Keep working hard in school. What you’re learning in elementary school is building the foundation for lifelong learning.
  • Get involved in extracurricular activities. Volunteering at your local animal shelter or at a children’s science center will not only give you some great real-life experience, but it may also help you get admitted in the program of your choice.
  • Does your school have a young scientists’ club? Join it if it does, or talk to your science teacher about starting one! Being part of a group of people who have the same interests as you can grow your passion and help advance your knowledge.
  • Talk to your parents about starting a college savings account and deposit all the money that you have in your piggy bank as well as any funds you receive as gifts. The money will come in handy when it’s time to pay for college.

Brianna, you’re off to a great start. Whatever you decide to do, the most important thing is to keep saving, keep dreaming big and keep working toward your education goals!

Love from Alaska,







About the author:

Dash is an important member of the team at the Education Trust of Alaska as the top dog in savings outreach. Dash is often seen representing the UA College Savings Plan at a variety of community events and activities. He strives to represent the Plan with the same pawsitive attitude he has for dog mushing.