Name: Abdulaziz Alrubaysh
Major: MA Social Work
Hometown: Saudi Arabia
Graduation Year: 2019
Interests: The dynamic relationships between people whether individual, group, organization or community
Current Profession: School Social Worker
What interested you to apply to Hawaii Pacific University?
When I was studying English in California, San Diego, I asked about the good school to study Social Work. Many people recommended Hawaii as one of the best places to study social work, and some people indicated the school of the social work at Hawaii Pacific University.
Why did you choose the degree you’re pursuing?
After I graduated from the High school, my cousin and I were not sure where to go and what to study. As a result of this confusion, We missed the due date to apply for a university. However, the majority of our friends went to study finance. So, we decided to study finance, but we missed the due date. In the midst of searching to find an acceptance from the finance school, we found a person who helped us to attend the school of social work in order to switch to finance school in the next semester because the school system allows switching. I had no clue what is social work, but it took my attention after I saw what it is and knew the noble goals of this major. As a result, I decided to continue doing social work, whilst my cousin went to study finance.
What has been your best experience so far studying at Hawaii Pacific University?
Hawaii Pacific University opened the door for me to see the world and gave me the opportunity to experience other cultures; to see how other people look like, what do they eat, what are their habits, customs, spirituality, etc.
Any advice for future international students applying for Hawaii Pacific University?
Do not miss school because that will affect your visa status. Also, do not hesitate to visit the Center for Academic Success. They will help you to improve your work quality. And, be ready for the adventure. Hawaii has a lot of beaches and mountains to hike.