Sharky Spotlight: May 2018

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HPU Student – Abdulaziz Alrubaysh

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.

Sharky Spotlight: Apr. 2018

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Ole Naess – HPU Student

Name: Ole Naess
Major: BS Business Administration
Concentration: Business Economics
Hometown: Bergen, Norway
Graduation Year: 2019
Interests: Hiking, soccer, running and the beach
Current Profession: Student Assistant at the Office of International Admissions


What interested you to apply to Hawaii Pacific University?

After living in the U.S. on two previous occasions, and having the opportunity to travel West, East, North, and South of the country, I decided to travel to the state that I knew the least about – Hawaii.

Hawaii Pacific University was a good fit for me based on two criterias I had.

The small classes at HPU was something that I always looked for at a college. I call it tailored teaching, and at HPU I have the opportunity to truly get to know my professors, and they are able to adjust their teaching based on the students. You will never have that at a college where the class size is 200+ students. Tailored teaching was key to me, and HPU had it!

Another aspect that I enjoyed about HPU was their professors. I wanted a college where the professors have real-life experience in the field they are teaching. I was not interested in learning economics from a professor that had been a professor his whole life, a so-called academia. At HPU, the professors teaching styles are based on experiences they have had in the industry they have previously worked in. Experience was key to me, and HPU got it!

Why did you choose the degree you’re pursuing?

Business can be tourism. Business can be retail. Business can be manufacturing. Business can be anything, and anywhere. I have always been amazed about the wide range of opportunities, and the fact that business in one country, is the same in another country. It’s all about making money, otherwise you can’t be in business. You can be the best computer scientist, and develop the best software their is, but you still depend on the businessmen to get your product or service out there. Business makes our society move forward, and I would not miss it for the world. Correct?

What has been your best experience so far studying at Hawaii Pacific University?

The time I was able to interview the big boss at the Aqua Aston Hotel chain in Waikiki for a class project. I always use this as a great example of the benefit of having professors that are connected to the industry they are teaching about. My professor set up the meet, and I learned so much from interviewing the guy.

Any advice for future international students applying for Hawaii Pacific University?

Pack sun screen, bring an open mind, meet new people, integrate in the Hawaiian culture, and your stay in Hawaii will be filled with Aloha!

Sharky Spotlight: Mar. 2018

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Momiru Yamada – HPU Student

Name: Momiru Yamada
Major: International Politics
Hometown: Sapporo, Japan
Graduation Year: 2019
Interests: Traveling
Current Profession: International Student


What interested you to apply to Hawaii Pacific University?

The small sized classrooms, diversity, the number of international students, and Hawaii is an attractive location!

Why did you choose the degree you’re pursuing?

I was interested in learning history, culture, and the geography of each country in the world. I was also interested to learn how each political system has affected and changed different countries over time.

What has been your best experience so far studying at Hawaii Pacific University?

Meeting new people each of whom has a completely different background has been my best experience so far. Since I came to HPU, I have met not only people from Hawaii but also from other places in the world such as: the Mainland, Norway, South Africa, Taiwan, Morocco, Canada, Sweden, Germany, South Korea, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Swaziland, Turkey, India, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Studying here has been absolutely one of the most memorable and valuable experiences for myself. I am able to spend time together with my friends in the classroom, dorms and outside of school. It’s a great chance to get to know each other!

Any advice for future international students applying to studying here?

HPU is the best school if you want to learn in a small class room, and to make friends with people from all over the world. The average class room size is about twenty people or less. The professors here are very engaging, passionate, encouraging, and personable by remembering everyone’s name. This keeps the motivation going for us! Also, I would highly recommend new students to live on campus, to join a club, and engage in student activities offered at this university. There are a lot of opportunities here at HPU — to connect and have a great time together!

Sharky Spotlight: Jan. 2018

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Robinah Gibola – HPU Student studying Sustainability Studies

Name: Robinah Gibola
Major: Sustainability Studies
Hometown: Kitgum, Uganda
Expected Graduation Year: 2019
Interest: Working with people from different backgrounds, cultures, races and gender.
Current Profession: Student

 

 


What interested you to apply to Hawaii Pacific University?

It has a culturally diverse community and what best way to learn, and get experience from all these cultures. I come from Northern Uganda, a region that is recovering from a brutal and violent 25-year war. My family and others of my ethnic group lived in displacement camps for decades. As people return to their lands after the war, they are faced with problems such as land disputes, environmental degradation practices, gender-based violence, poverty, diseases, famine, etc.

Why did you choose the degree you’re pursuing?

I feel Global Leadership and Sustainable Development (GLSD Program) will not only equip me with tools and skills for leadership, but also find sustainable solutions to the challenges people face in communities around the world.

What has been your best experience so far studying at Hawaii Pacific University?

The lecturers and students are very friendly and welcoming. One always feels at home and has a sense of belonging to the HPU Community. Information is shared freely by the different groups and this helps in creating awareness on ongoing issues.

Any advice for future international students applying for Hawaii Pacific University?

HPU is a special university to me, and I believe you will have one of the best moments in your life here. It is a culturally diverse place, with friendly people, wonderful weather and a great culture. Just apply and follow all the procedures, the administration will attend to any questions you have. You will never regret making Hawaii Pacific University a university of your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

Sharky Spotlight: Dec. 2017

 

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Paul Tran – HPU Alumni

Name: Phuc (Paul) Tran
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Vietnam
Graduation Year: May 2017
Interests: Soccer, meeting new friends and learning different cultures
Current Profession: Internship as a Test Engineer at Alcatel Lucent Enterprise in Calabasas, California

 


 

What interested you to apply to Hawaii Pacific University?
I was interested in applying to HPU from the teaching qualifications, suitable and perfect programs, priority fees, international degree and the international study environment that HPU provided.

What has been your best experience at HPU?
My best experience in HPU is that I can meet up with many students from all over the world and be friend with them. The class-size is small so that it is easier for students to communicate with professors.

Any advice for future international students applying to HPU?
My advice for new international students to attend HPU is: to be confident, open-minded and willing to learn new things from school and friends all around. Try to take advantage of the office hours to see your professors. They are really helpful, not only for your understanding the materials in class, but to improve your connection with them.



** If you want to be featured on the next Sharky Spotlight, please submit your: Name, Major, Hometown, Year and 3 Interests about yourself. As well as a headshot that is appropriate. Submit all information to iss@hpu.edu for the next OISS Newsletter: January 2017 Edition. 

Sharky Spotlight: Nov. 2017

StianKronborgName: Stian Kronborg
Major: BSBA, Concentration in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Hometown: Siggerud, Norway
Graduation Year: May 2018
Interests: Rock climbing, hiking, event planning, learning new skills
Current Profession: Intern at Peerless Host Hawaii, a Destination Management Company where I help with marketing and IT


What interested you to apply to Hawaii Pacific University?

When I was on my way to finish High School in Norway, I did not have a clear idea of what I wanted to study. So one day I was browsing the web searching for possible educational paths, I discovered a site that helps Scandinavian students to apply to schools internationally. On there I saw a couple of options, and HPU was one of them. After doing some more research on the degree I was going to pursue at the time. It also helped that they had a table at an education fare in Norway and I was able to talk to a representative from HPU!

Why did you choose the degree you’re pursuing?

When I first started HPU my degree was a BSBA with a concentration in International Business. However, after two and a half year, I found my real passion. That is event planning and hospitality! I choose to switch to HTM because of the quality of the program, it follows my professional interests, mainly event planning. I) also like to help people and help them create memories, that is why I am pursuing my BSBA in HTM.

What has been your best experience so far studying at Hawaii Pacific University?

That is a hard question! At my time here at HPU I have had many great experiences. I have been able to develop my leadership skills thru co-curricular activities. I have been able to represent HPU and the Entrepreneur Club at a national competition on the mainland. But I think my best experience so far have to be my time in the campus activities board (CAB). I have been a part of it since my first semester at HPU, and I have since my Sophomore year been on the executive board for CAB. It is because of that organization that I found my passion, and I knew what I wanted to pursue as my future career. It happened after Paina at the Pier last year, after seeing how that came from a small idea to the biggest event that CAB have ever had, was just an incredible feeling that is hard to explain in person.

Any advice for future international students applying for Hawaii Pacific University?

My advice would be go for it! Apply and go to HPU! I have to this day not regretted the decision to move half away across the world to Hawaii. I would also say that once you have made the decision of applying and attending, to take advantage of the resources that HPU have to offer. Join a club, even if you are here for a semester or a year. Connect with professors and build your network. Attend some of the presentations that HPU offers about leadership. But most of all, have fun while you are doing it!


If you want to be featured on the next Sharky Spotlight, please submit your: Name, Major, Hometown, Year and 3 Interests about yourself. As well as a headshot that is appropriate. Submit all information to iss@hpu.edu for the next OISS Newsletter: December 2017 Edition. 

7 things to do in October

oahu-tourist-mapBy: Isabella, OISS Student Worker

Adventure awaits on the beautiful land of Oahu. Here’s a list of favorite things to do on island for the month of October!


1. Hawaii’s Woodshow: September 23 – October 8

“Marvel at beautiful, intricately carved pieces, both decorative and functional, at this free event.” Located at Honolulu Museum of Art School at Linekona.


2. Royal Hawaiian Band: Every Friday

Performances of traditional Hawaiian music at Iolani Palace! Admission is free!


3. Snorkling: Every Day

Go experience Hawaii’s ocean life by snorkeling at Hanauma Bay.


4. Movie Sites Tour:

Walk where the actors have! Visit the spots where movies and TV shows were filmed.


5. Hilton Hawaiian Village:

Besides an assortment of restaurants and shops, and being a main spot for the filming of Hawaii Five-O, Hilton Hawaiian Village also offers paddleboarding, surfing, swimming and cruises. Every Friday, they also host a firework show!


 6. Hikes

Some hikes in Hawaii are illegal! Available hikes include Makapu’u Point Lighthouse, Diamond Head Volcanic Crater, Kualoa Ranch, Koko Crater Arch, Kuliouou Ridge Trail, Lanikai Pillboxes Hike, Waimanalo Falls and Pools, and Kaena Point.

Warning: Some of these hikes are not for beginners! Make sure you research your hike before you set out


7. Places to Visit

Don’t forget to check out the Bishop Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu Arts District, Chinatown, Honolulu Zoo and Aquarium, or maybe even a pineapple plantation!