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Graduate Testimonials

The University of Hawaii-West O‘ahu Fall 2017 Commencement is Saturday, December 9, 2017. Here are some views of five graduating seniors about their time here at UH West O‘ahu. 


Daniel Coronado, Public Administration, Health Care Administration

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Daniel Coronado

What are your post-graduation plans? 
I have been accepted to attend Yale University School of Medicine. I will be pursuing my MS in Medical Sciences within the Physician Assistant Program.

Why did you choose to attend UHWO?
UH West Oʻahu offers the education I was seeking to obtain, the Health Care Administration degree will boost my potential in the future as a Hospital Administrator.

What is your favorite memory of your time at UHWO?
Being involved in the Student Body and having the ability to make a difference within our community.

What will you miss most about UHWO?
The ease of life and the Aloha spirit on campus.

 

 

 

 


Terina Faagau, Social Sciences, Political Science and Sociology

Hometown: Wai‘anae

Terina Faagau

What are your post-graduation plans?
After graduating from UHWO, I plan on continuing my academic journey at either the William S. Richardson School of Law or the political science graduate program at UH Mānoa.

Why did you choose to attend UHWO?
After other college options didn't pan out as I thought they would, I chose to attend UHWO as opposed to other local colleges because of it's location close to home. I also felt that the classes I took in high school had prepared me well for all that I'd eventually learn at UHWO.

What is your favorite memory of your time at UHWO?
Some of my favorite memories were made in my Politics of Food course where instead of meeting in the classroom, we worked at lo‘i, farms, and fishponds around the island. At these sites, we connected what we learned from readings and films to issues happening right here in Hawai‘i, and all the while we were forging new friendships and serving our community.

What will you miss most about UHWO?
More than anything else, I'll miss the people at UHWO. I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to learn and work alongside students and faculty/staff who genuinely care for and support one another. So many of the people I've met at UHWO not only concern themselves with students' well-being but also emphasize the importance of giving back to and uplifting the larger Leeward/West O‘ahu community.

 


Rashad Hicks, Business Administration, Accounting

Hometown: Kapolei

Rashad Hicks

What are your post-graduation plans?
I do plan to pursue a Masters and finish up my current internship and hopefully it’s converted into a full-time position.

Why did you choose to attend UHWO?
I chose it because it was a new school and I felt that I would be able to grow with the school and really make it my own.

What is your favorite memory of your time at UHWO?
My favorite memory was starting my film club and working with students across multiple campuses to create short films. It was a great way to keep my creative juices flowing while pursuing my major.

What will you miss most about UHWO?
The tight community. The small classrooms and small size of the campus made it feel like home and I didn’t feel that I would get lost in the crowd.

 

 


Carol Maluafou, Public Administration. Justice Administration

Hometown: Pago Pago, American Samoa

Carol Maluafau

What are your post-graduation plans?
Upon graduation, I plan to work with the Department of Homeland Security while continuing to study and preparing for the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) for Fall 2019 admission.

Why did you choose to attend UHWO?
I chose UHWO for three main reasons: 1) Affordable Tuition Rate. 2) Campus Environment. 3) Classroom Sizes.

What is your favorite memory of your time at UHWO?
When one my professors cancelled both of his morning classes. You know what that means, No class, no homework, lol!

What will you miss most about UHWO?
There are a few things and people that I will miss. One, the professors/Dr.'s who gave me good grades, two, the humble shuttle drivers, the good friends that I have made during my time there, the library couches and finally, the campus itself. UHWO is my home away from home!

 


Julia Weisel, Public Administration, Justice Administration

Hometown: Kihei, Maui

Julia Weisel

What are your post-graduation plans?
My goal is to get into William S. Richardson School of Law where I will pursue my dream of becoming an attorney.

Why did you choose to attend UHWO?
I chose UHWO for many reasons and I had no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be here. The small classroom sizes allotted more individual attention and the professors dedicate so much of their time to go out of their way to see their students succeed. It was a no brainer for me! The campus is beautiful and I didn't have to go too far from home.

What is your favorite memory of your time at UHWO?
I have made so many memories that I will cherish but my all time favorite is creating the Law Society club. It was the first time I was able to sit down with my peers and mentors and hear their stories and learn so much about the legal field. I have been interested in a legal career for quite some time but it was through the club that my passion for law really emerged.

What will you miss most about UHWO?
The relationships and camaraderie. I have made so many friends, both students and professors, who have helped to achieve my goals and inspired me in so many ways. I will forever be grateful to my professors and mentors and all the students who have become lifelong friends.