Student Spotlight – Spring 2015 – Becca Milligan

Becca Milligan comes to Hawai‘i from Illinois Central College and has certainly taken advantage of her time here on the island. She explores hiking trails and beaches and thoroughly enjoys her Hawaiian Medicine class. She documents her adventures with her camera and has made wonderful memories with her new friends. Some students really click with this place!

Becca on the edge!

Becca on the edge!

Where in the world would you like to get lost?

Hawai‘i or maybe Ireland.

What are your personal superstitions?

I “knock on wood” so not to tempt fate.

What superpower do you wish you had?

Reading people’s minds. But I’d want to be able to turn that off, too.

On the trail

On the trail

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

Beating up my brother. (Editor’s note: Becca’s brother is two years older than she.)

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

Books.

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

  1.  Books
  2.  My iPod
  3.  My dog, Oliver
  4.  Matches
  5.  Tennis shoes

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Taking showers. I’d rather use that time doing something else.

Are you a morning person or a night person?

It depends on the day. I love to sleep and could sleep all day, but I can get up and get going when I need to.

Do you want to live to 100?

Only if I’m just as alive as I am now.

Becca and the Waterfall

Becca and the Waterfall

If you could have lunch with any three people (real or fictitious/from any time period/dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?

1. JK Rolling. I love the Harry Potter books!

2. Travis Barker, the drummer for Blink 182, my favorite band. I just saw them perform, which was something on my bucket list.

3. My Mom. She’s my best friend, but we don’t get to see each other too often.

With what technology would you write a love letter?

Pen and paper.

Becca and the Rainbow

Becca and the Rainbow

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.

I am a very quiet person.

I’m a very picky eater.

(Ed. note: Here’s a hint Becca gave us. She used to be a cheerleader.)

What is that one thing that makes you different?

I have no idea! (After a moment) I like getting tattooed. I got my first one when I was 17 and now have 4. This semester I’m going to get a small plumeria flower on the inside of my finger. Looking at it will bring back memories from my time here in Hawai‘i.

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

Being with my friends, out in nature, doing something active or at a concert.

Becca, Summer, and Karlee

Becca, Summer, and Karlee

Tell us something you hate doing. 

I hate waiting on my friends. I’m a fast moving person, but sometimes they mosey along while getting ready to go somewhere.

Tell us something you love doing.

I love being with my friends even if they’re moving slow. I’ve made some great friendships here!

What’s special about the University of Hawaiʻi?

All the open, outdoor spaces. There are big windows in the classrooms to see the beautiful outdoors. Also, the courses are special here. Lots of different things you don’t find elsewhere.

What Advice would you give to a new ASH student?

Get out and explore. Make lifelong memories with people who want to do the same.

 

The Gang

The Gang

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Student Spotlight – Henry Steckel

Meet Henry Steckel, an economics major from Bates College. Out of class, Henry enjoys playing guitar and basketball. After lamenting our unsuccessful March Madness brackets Henry offered his thoughts on our Student Spotlight questions. This interview should have been on video to capture Henry’s funny delivery. Even his serious answers sound like comedy!

Henry and his girlfriend

Henry and his girlfriend

 

What’s special about your home school, Bates College?

I really like the small community. You recognize everybody, and it feels comfortable. It feels like home.

 

What’s special about the University of Hawai‘i?

Opportunity. So many things are going on as you walk around campus, and so many things are just a short bus ride away, like the beach, hiking, sight-seeing… All this opportunity gives off a lot of energy.

 

Are you a morning person or a night person?

Neither. Well, it depends on the day. For instance today I was a morning person. I woke up at 8 am and didn’t hit the snooze button. I just pushed through it because I knew I had to be gregarious and talkative for this interview. And now it’s going to be a great day. Usually I hit the snooze button over and over. I’m naturally a night person.

 

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

A companion

My guitar

A cello phone: all good things must come to an end

A snorkel

A lighter

Henry and the banyan tree

Henry and the banyan tree

 

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Sleep. If I didn’t have to sleep I’d have 8 more hours to learn something or improve at something. Sleep is the worst thing in the world.

 

Do You Want to Live to 100?

On a day-to-day basis, I’d say yes. But if I’m 100 and the world is the way it is now, then I’d say no. Overall I would say no, but if I’m living to be 100, then surely all my friends are living to be 100 due to medical advancement, we’re all healthy, and I’d want to see what they’re up to.

 

Where in the World Would You Like to Get Lost?

If I were a little lost, then somewhere in Europe. Being lost would be a gateway to exploration.

If I were really lost, then someplace like Hawai‘i or the Caribbean where I can lie down on the beach and relax.

 

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

Live Easy: Easier Said Than Done

 

If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be and where?

I already have a tattoo that’s hidden. If I were to get another, it would be something random and funny, but also hidden.

 

What Are Your Personal Superstitions?

I always kiss my phone at 11:11. But if I check the time and it’s 11:10, I can’t wait for it to turn and then kiss the phone. I can’t artificially happen to see the time as 11:11. Also, when I shower I always have to shampoo before soaping up.

 

Tell us something you love doing and something you hate doing.

I love trying something new — the 1st try, but I hate trying to get better at it – the 2nd try.

 

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

Right now I’d say sunflower seeds because they are a cheap and healthy snack. I’d take a warehouse full of them. Disregarding any financial issue, then I’d say Chipotle Burritos. It’s a big thing in NY, but there isn’t one here in Hawai‘i.

 

With what technology would you write a love letter?

Gotta go classic – pen and paper.

 

Which Pop Music Stars Fascinate You?

I don’t follow pop music that much, but if I did I’d say Brittany Spears circa 2002. She was my celebrity crush back then. I did notoce at the Safeway on the front of a magazine cover at the check out line that it looks like she’s getting her life back on track.

 

If you could have lunch with any three people (real or fictitious/from any time period/dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?

Ulysses S. Grant: the Civil War interests me, and he’d have a lot of insight since he was on the battlefield and then became President.

King George III: he was King of England during the American Revolution.

Bill Murray: there’s not much I could learn from him, but I think he’s hilarious. I’m giving myself a break and picking someone who would be fun to hang out with. I’d learn from the first two and have a great time with the 3rd.

 

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

I was a big sports nut then. I followed every sport and played every sport. Also, I had my first crush on Margot Erlich. It didn’t pan out, if you were wondering.

 

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

I like to take risks doing things I’m comfortable with. For instance, I love to play something new on guitar, or guard the best player on the opposing basketball team. I like to take advantage of that feeling of risk.

 

What do you enjoy doing here in Hawai‘i?

I enjoy doing whatever I can’t do anywhere else. Hikes, walking everywhere in this great weather, playing basketball everyday – the on-campus court is so convenient.

 

At the summit

At the summit

What Superpower Do You Wish You Had?

I’m thinking of the benefits of all. (30 seconds later.) Flying. I’d use it to help myself and to help others. I could fly anywhere to help someone out, and I’d automatically become the best basketball player in the world.

 

What is that one thing which makes you different?

I think I find humor in anything, sometimes to my detriment. Nothing really offends me. I think someone once said, “Comedy equals tragedy plus time.”

 

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let us guess which is what.

I rarely over think things.

I hate doing things I’m bad at.

 

What advice would you give to a new ASH student?

Go out and explore. Don’t be lazy. It’s easy to sit out in the sun all day, but whenever possible, get up and explore. You can’t experience it all in one semester. Nothing will let you down here.

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Student Spotlight: Emily Randhahn

We begin our spring 2015 Student Spotlight series with Emily Randhahn, a junior geology major from Mount Holyoke College. Emily has many interests beyond her science studies, including creative writing, drawing, and singing in choirs. The arts meet science in Emily’s world!

What superpower do you wish you had?

Shape shifting.

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

Being outdoors in nature.

Emily with another ASH student, Brandon

Emily with another ASH student, Brandon

Which pop music stars fascinate you?

I’m not into pop music and could really care less. I guess I’d say I like Taylor Swift. She seems kind and has a good outlook on life.

Where in the world would you like to get lost?

If I had the right provisions I’d like to get lost in the Pacific Northwest Mountains.  But if I didn’t have anything with me, I’d choose Switzerland. I was there 7 or 8 years ago and really liked it.

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

  1.  a good knife
  2.  a survival guide
  3.  duct tape
  4.  an extra pair of hiking shoes
  5.  a tent

What are your personal superstitions?

I don’t have any traditional superstitions, and there’s a fine line between superstition and fear. I don’t like when the elevator goes above double digit floors because I’m afraid of heights. Also, I won’t drink more than 3 cups of tea a day.

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

Hanging out and playing video games with my older brother. We’re 18 months apart. I also enjoyed, and still do, drawing and writing.

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

Rocks and minerals! I would make a display with labels, like in a museum.

Tell us something you hate doing. 

I don’t like starting papers. I’m okay once I’m in the flow. Sometimes I prefer to begin in the middle.

Tell us something you love doing and why.

Drawing and creative writing. Both are a way to express myself and give life to my ideas.

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If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be?

My mom’s side of the family is Scottish, and I’d get our clan motto which is “Repairer of Ruins” written in Latin either around my ankle or on the back of my neck.

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

I’d eliminate that period of time between going to bed and actually falling asleep, which for me can last anywhere between 1/2 an hour and 2 hours.

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.

I bite my nails. I really like giving gifts.

With what technology would you write a love letter?

Pen and paper.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

Tuff Schist: the Life and Times of Emily Randhahn

What is that one thing which makes you different?

I have a good sense of humor (I’m good at making puns), and I’m really positive.

What’s special about the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa?

The diversity of courses, especially in Pacific studies and anthropology. Also, the campus is very open, and the buildings often incorporate the outdoors.

What’s special about your home school, Mount Holyoke College?

Mount Holyoke is a top-rated women’s college, one of the “Seven Sisters”. It has a welcoming atmosphere and a great community. You get to know lots of people. It’s also very diverse, both racially and culturally.

If you could have lunch with any three people (real or fictitious/from any time period/dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?

The three people I’d want to have lunch with are my brother, Max, and my two best friends, Katie and Angelica.

What advice would you give to a new ASH student?

Go for it! Even if you think you’ll be intimidated or if you’re not so sure the program is for you, give it a shot! You won’t know unless you try.

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A Mini-Summary of Our ASH Fall Semester 2014

Here are a few highlights from this past semester!

INSTAGRAM: This was our first semester with an INSTAGRAM account. Thanks to all the students who followed us at alohastudy! If you haven’t already, please join us now!

 

Selfie Time!

Selfie Time!

 

Emi and Luciane at Orientation

Emi and Luciane at Orientation

Callie, Micayla, Jake, Kendrick and June at Waimanalo during orientation

Callie, Micayla, Jake, Kendrick and June at Waimanalo during orientation

Magic Island

Magic Island

HAWAII 5-0: The show has been filming across the island for several years. Last week I saw Daniel Dae Kim at Whole Foods doing his shopping, just like the rest of us. One of our incoming ASH students, Laura B., will do an internship with the production, and Fall 2014 ASH student TJ was accepted as an extra for one of the shows! If you’re interested in being cast, go to this website: rachelsuttoncasting.com. Take a chance, you may become a star!

Super Star TJ

Super Star TJ

LIVING ON CAMPUS or OFF? Off Campus pros: new experience living away from campus, on your own, no university rules and no cafeterias. You meet new people and have different adventures. Cons: you’re isolated from the other ASH students living on campus, it’s expensive, and you must take a bus or bike ride to campus. The ASH office recommends living on campus because it can be tricky finding housing that suits you while you are thousands of miles away, but every semester we seem to have a few students who make it work.

UH Roommate Jackpot! Riley and TJ

UH Roommate Jackpot! Riley and TJ

Kendrick ignoring the surf board in the closet and going to work to help pay the apartment rent

Kendrick ignoring the surf board in the closet and going to work to help pay the apartment rent

SPEND THE HOLIDAYS ON THE NORTH SHORE: Many of the gang rented a house on the North Shore for Thanksgiving. They loved the area’s vibe, which is slower-paced and even more relaxed than Honolulu. The North Shore is often compared to your romanticized, dreamy idea of Hawaii.

North Shore happy times

North Shore happy times

CLASSES: Many of our students were able to take a course that wasn’t offered at their home schools. I was impressed with Emi who delved into her ethno dance courses and took the time to really contemplate the complexity of this island state. I think she and many more students leave here with a broader understanding of Hawaii. It’s much more than pretty beaches.

Emi learning more than just dance steps in hula class

Emi learning more than just dance steps in hula class

Dance at Turtle Bay

Dance at Turtle Bay

HIKES: We had a great hiking crew this semester! Diamond Head, Makapuʻu, Manoa Falls (summit and tide pools), Koko Crater, and those are just the ones I know about. A little climb to elevation is good to balance out all the time spent at sea level (aka the beach).

Half way up Diamond Head

Half way up Diamond Head

Riley never broke a sweat

Riley never broke a sweat

Must be because of the hot dog eaten at the trail head

Must be because he ate this hot dog at the trail head.

Diamond Head Summit

Diamond Head Summit

Matching boots - ready for Makapuʻu!

Matching boots – ready for Makapuʻu!

Olivia hiking down to tide pools

Olivia hiking down to tide pools

Worth a picture!

Worth a picture!

Ashley in the pools

Ashley in the pools

Makapuʻu Summit!

Makapuʻu Summit!

 

SELFIE SCAVENGER HUNT: This semester the students participated in the 1st ever “Selfie Scavenger Hunt” and in the process got to know the campus, our Deans, and each other. 3 group teams competed for fabulous prizes and glory! Well, in truth the prizes were only mildly fabulous, but the photos were a hoot! Here are a few shots.

Olivia and Statue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strange Statue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia

Box Office

New UH Wardrobe

BoxOffice

With the Sumo

 

 

Need Advice?

 

MEDIA CONTEST: This year the judge decided to award two prizes: one for best picture and one for best “new” media. Thanks to everybody who took the time to enter. Here are our winners.

 

Callie Buccini won with this Sunset and Splash photo.

Best Photo: Callie Bucciniʻs Sunset and Splash

 

Oliviaʻs Video

Best “New” Media: Olivia Gluck’s video.

 

These events are just some highlights of our group get-togethers. Every student had his or her own individual adventure and no doubt will share some great stories with friends and family this holiday season! It was a fantastic semester, students! I’m so glad you enjoyed your time here. Happy New Year!

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Student Spotlight Fall 2014: Callie Buccini

Meet Callie Buccini, a Tourism Management major visiting UHM from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Callie blends her serious thoughts with a dose of self-deprecating humor to keep us all on our toes!

Callie!

Callie!

What superpower do you wish you had?

The power to fly — I could see things from a different perspective.

What are your personal superstitions?

I believe in karma, and I also believe in intuition and trusting vibes you get from people and situations.

Do you want to live to 100?

Yes, if I’m healthy. I know I won’t be lonely because I’ll be going to Senior Citizen dances!

What have been or will be the highlights of your semester in Hawai‘i?

Going to the beach and going on hikes.

On the trail

On the trail

Which pop music stars fascinate you?

Nick Jonas. I used to be obsessed with him. From 6th to 8th grade I went to 8 of his concerts and balled my eyes out. This was just a phase I went through, but I know one day I’ll meet him. My childhood dream will happen.

Where in the world would you like to get lost?

Maybe Bali. My cousin just went there on her honeymoon, and it looks amazing. Actually, I’d love to get lost anywhere near a beach.

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

  1. My stack of spiritual of books
  2. My Red Hot Chili Peppers CDs
  3. My friends
  4. Food
  5. A comfy bed!

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

Being outside, playing “man hunt”, foursquare and basketball, and hula hooping.

Tell us something you hate doing. 

Waking up early to go to class.

Tell us something you love doing and why.

I love going to the beach. I love the summers back home in New Hampshire where I live 5 minutes from the beach. Since I grew up near the ocean I have a real connection to it.

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What advice would you give to a new ASH student?

Take advantage of your time here. Be proactive; get out and do things. And don’t be afraid of taking the bus.

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Being so dependent on technology. So much of it is unnecessary, and it fries your brain.

What’s special about the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa?

UHM is very diverse. A lot of people go here, but it doesn’t feel like it.

What’s special about your home school, Plymouth State University in New Hampshire?

I love my home school. It’s in the mountains, and the fall foliage is beautiful. In the winter there is snow, and in the spring you can float down the river and relax. There are so many seasonal things to do there.

With what technology would you write a love letter?

Pen and paper.

Tree pose

Tree pose

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

Honestly, the first thing that came to my mind is the taco kit you get at the grocery store, so I’m going with that. Unlimited taco kits.

If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be?

I already have two on my back, but if I were to get another it would be a sun and moon, one on the inside of each ankle, to represent a new day and to remind me when waking up to enjoy the present.

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.

I’m a vegetarian. I’m studious and try really hard to get good grades.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

A Series of Unfortunate Events. I have got some crazy stories to tell!!

What is that one thing that makes you different?

I’m extremely weird and can be very awkward, too.

If you could have lunch with any three people (real or fictitious/from any time period/dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?

  1. My best friend Courtney back home whom I miss a lot. I wish she were here with me to experience a semester in Hawai‘i.
  2. My aunt who recently passed away. She and I are a lot alike, and she would have been proud of me for going on my adventures.
  3. Christopher McCandless, the adventurer from Into the Wild. It would be interesting to talk to him.
Callie and Emi

Callie and Emi

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

I love to boogie. And I love being with all my friends. Here’s a shout out to all my friends back home!

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Student Spotlight Fall 2014: Olivia Gluck

Our next ASH student in the spotlight is Olivia Gluck, a communications major from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Olivia enjoys taking pictures, has had photos published by the UHM student newspaper, Ka Leo and works as a lifeguard in Wisconsin. Olivia is one of this semester’s more soft-spoken ASH students, but she definitely has her own voice! Check out how much water plays a role in her life and imagination.

Olivia at the top of Makapuʻu

Olivia at the top of Makapuʻu

 

What superpower do you wish you had?

 

I wish I could fly and breathe underwater. Kind of like a bird and fish combination.

 

 

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

 

Flying! My dad is a small aircraft pilot, and my brother and I have been flying with him since we were in car seats. My dad has also been teaching me how to fly a little.

 

 

Which pop music stars fascinate you?

 

Michael Jackson fascinates me. I know he was kind of crazy, and he died on my birthday. I like his music (and other 80s music). I even saw the place in Germany where he hung his baby out of the window!

 

 

Where in the world would you like to get lost?

 

I’d like to get lost in Europe or the ocean. Getting lost in and exploring the ocean sounds like a very science fiction-like thing. I love to travel, so getting lost in the world sounds good.

 

 

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

 

  • A box full of books
  • Endless music
  • Scuba gear to go exploring around the island
  • A giant hammock
  • A way to talk to the animals

 

In the water!

In the water!

 

What are your personal superstitions?

 

I’m having a hard time coming up with something! When I was young I was afraid of walking in the same footsteps as someone else. Not sure why!

 

 

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

 

Arts and crafts projects. I’m still into those things.

 

 

Do you want to live to 100?

 

Yeah, as long as I’m not lonely. I’d like to see where technology goes from here.

 

 

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

 

I’d say books and macaroni and cheese. And this sounds terrible, but it’s practical so I’ll go ahead and add money to the list.

 

 

Tell us something you hate doing.

 

Running.

 

 

Tell us something you love doing and why.

 

Playing with my dog and being with my family. I also love swimming, boating, kayaking, and anything to do with being in the water. My brother and I both began swim lessons when we were 6 months old, and my grandmother still swims regularly.

 

Stand up Paddleboarding

Stand up Paddleboarding

 

Are you a morning person or a night person?

 

I’m definitely a night owl.

 

 

If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be?

 

I don’t want a tattoo. They’re not for me.

 

 

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

 

Driving. I’ve never liked driving for some reason.

 

 

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.

 

I’m not an emotional person. I’m indecisive.

 

 

With what technology would you write a love letter?

 

Pen and paper, of course.

 

 

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

 

A Series of Fortunate Events.

 

Editor’s note: Stay tuned for another interesting coincidence about autobiographical book titles in our next Student Spotlight with Callie Buccini. This semester’s ASH bunch has an uncanny sense to think alike.

 

 

What is that one thing which makes you different?

 

I don’t want to brag or anything, but my family and friends tell me I’m a thoughtful person, so I’ll go with that.

 

 

What’s special about the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa?

 

UHM offers a lot of traditional Hawaiian and out door classes and activities. It’s also very diverse.

Olivia at UHM

 

What’s special about your home school, the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay?

 

It’s a very green, gorgeous and secluded campus. It’s also quiet and has a small student body.

 

 

What advice would you give to a new ASH student?

 

Bring plenty of money so you can do all things you want to do. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, and try something new each week.

On a hike

On a hike

 

 

If you could have lunch with any three people (real or fictitious/from any time period/dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?

 

I feel like I should name 3 really important people, but this is what I’ve come up with.

 

  • Jesus
  • Tina Fey. I read her book and really liked it.

I think having lunch with the two of them at the same time would be awfully interesting.

  • I would also add Amelia Earhart. I would want to know more about her and what happened to her.

 

 

What have been or will be the highlights of your semester in Hawai‘i?

 

All the outdoor activities, taking pictures, and going on trips to Maui and Kauai. I also am enjoying discovering all the cultural differences between Hawai‘i and the Midwest.

 

On the job

On the job

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Student Spotlight Fall 2014: Riley Amy and TJ Hensley

Two young men join forces in Hawai‘i and become fast friends for a semester at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.  Riley Amy from Rochester, Minnesota and TJ Hensley from Dalton, Georgia share adventures around the island and add the comic element to the fall 2014 ASH ensemble. Sports, family, and even “Lord of the Rings” are common elements in their narratives!

 

Riley and TJ

Riley and TJ

 

What’s special about the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa?

 

Riley: It’s the most diverse campus in the country.

TJ: It has people here from all over the world. And it’s close to the beach.

 

 

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

 

Riley:

  • A knife
  • A huge survival book
  • A genie with unlimited wishes. I wouldn’t need anything else after that.

 

Riley at the beach

Riley at the beach

TJ:

  • Water purification tablets
  • A rope
  • A machete, bigger than Riley’s knife
  • A survival book, bigger than Riley’s book
  • The Bible
TJ at the beach

TJ at the beach

 

 

Where in the world would you like to get lost?

 

Riley: In the woods of northern Minnesota.

TJ: In the Rain Forest. Lots to see there.

Riley: And lots of poisonous stuff to kill you.

 

 

What superpower do you wish you had?

 

Riley: I wish I could fly.

TJ: I would want to read people’s minds.

Riley: I think that would be a burden.

 

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

 

Riley: Playing “survivor” in the woods.

TJ: I was obsessed with sports and played football, basketball, and football. I also made videos with my friends. Our pirate movie was great.

 

Which pop music stars fascinate you?

 

Both: One Direction! (Laughing)

TJ: Our goal is to be like them. I also like Michael Bublé, the new Sinatra.

 

Karaoke!

Karaoke!

 

Are you a morning person or a night person?

 

Riley: Night. We usually stay up until 2 am.

TJ: Definitely night. We had to make ourselves get up for this interview.

Editor’s note: The interview time was 9 am.

 

 

Do you want to live to 100?

 

Riley: Yes.

TJ: As long as I’m healthy and there are others around me.

 

 

What are your personal superstitions?

 

Riley: All the traditional ones, like “don’t walk under a ladder”, “don’t cross the path of a black cat”, etc.

TJ: I have a Virgin Mary charm that was blessed by John Paul II, and I wear it all the time. If I don’t wear it, something inevitably goes wrong!

 

Too much fun

Too much fun

 

Tell us something you hate doing.

 

Riley: I hate being in an awkward situation and hate seeing others in awkward situations. I feel awkward for them.

TJ: I hate paying a lot of money for food. I also hate disappointing others.

 

 

Tell us something you like doing and why.

 

Riley: I’m a big family person, so I enjoy being around my family and friends and sharing moments with them.

TJ: I like doing random acts of kindness. It makes me feel good. The other day a lady at the beach lost her earring on the coral reef. I swam out to the reef with some goggles and found the earring for her. It was a great feeling to help out.

 

 

If you could have lunch with any three people (real or fictitious/from any time period/dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?

 

Riley:

  • Michael Jordan. I’ve always looked up to him and not just because he’s the greatest basketball player of all time. TJ interjects, “We have long discussions about Michael Jordan versus LeBron James.”
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Leonardo DiCaprio. They are my favorite actors.

 

TJ:

  • Nelson Mandela. When he was released from prison instead of seeking retribution he spent his time and energy bring people together.
  • Tom Brady, the quarterback of the Patriots and the greatest quarterback ever. He also has a lot of class.
  • Jesus

 

 

TJ at the top

TJ at the top

 

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.

 

Riley: I don’t hold grudges. I like poetry.

TJ: I’m good at picking up any instrument and learning to play. I’m actually kind of a nerd.

 

 

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

 

Riley: Sleeping in. I wish I could eliminate feeling tired in the morning when I wake up early.

TJ: Riding the bus. At first it was cool, but not now.

 

 

What is that one thing which makes you different?

 

Riley: I like to think that I can get along with everyone.

TJ: I like to do a lot of different things. I’m a “Jack of All Trades”.

 

Riley, lei and beach

Riley, lei and beach

 

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

 

Riley: Being surrounded by family and friends.

TJ: Playing with my niece and nephew. I miss them!

 

 

If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be?

 

Riley: Something to remind me of where I came from, Northern Minnesota, or something about my favorite place, my cabin. Maybe I’d get the coordinates of the cabin or a pine tree as a tattoo.

TJ: I have two tattoos already, but if I were to get another, maybe I’d get a world map on my back. I would shade in the places I’ve been, mainly then continents. I hope to visit all of them before I’m 40.

 

With what technology would you write a love letter?

 

Riley: Pen and paper. Gotta keep it classic.

TJ: I’d make a video.

 

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

 

Riley: I can’t think of anything. I don’t need anything that much.

TJ: I would want unlimited sour gummy worms and phone battery life. I could take all the video I wanted then.

 

 

What have been the highlights of your semester in Hawai‘i so far?

 

Riley: (Laughing) Our lemonade stand (Editor’s note: This is a story for another time.). Going to the beach has always been a good thing.

Both: The Makapuʻu hike was great. We call it the “Hike to Mordor”. We’re huge “Lord of the Rings” fans.

TJ: I’m also looking forward to our Thanksgiving weekend at the North Shore.

 

Riley at Mordor

Riley at Mordor

TJ summoning the waters

TJ summoning the waters

 

What Advice would you give to a new ASH student?

 

Riley: Experience as much as you can. It goes by fast.

TJ: If there is something you want to do, go do it!

On the Road

 

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

 

A few minutes later:

Riley: There and Back Again

TJ: Hey! That’s what I was going to say!

Riley: What?

TJ: We didn’t even discuss this!

Adventure

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Student Spotlight – Fall 2014 – Emily (Emi) Donato

Dance and Anthropology major Emi Donato switches gears from the fast-paced lifestyle at the College of Wooster to the relaxed, easy-going world of island living. Have no fear; dancers perform at all speeds!

Emi and the Makapuʻu Sunset

Emi and the Makapuʻu Sunset

Where in the world would you like to get lost?

Italy – it’s a fixation of mine. I’m part Italian, but we don’t celebrate it. I definitely want to go there one day.

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

I enjoyed taking dance classes and making friendship bracelets.

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

  1. 1) My Kindle so I can read and listen to music; I guess I’d need WiFi, too
  2. 2) Pen and paper
  3. 3) Sunscreen
  4. 4) Something to make fire
  5. 5) Something to collect water

Which pop music stars fascinate you?

Mumford and Sons, Arcade Fire and the Beatles. My dad played Beatles music when my sister and I were growing up, so the 3 of us have a Beatles connection.

Are you a morning person or a night person?

Here in Hawai‘i I’ve adjusted to my roommate’s early morning schedule. But there are the occasional nights when you don’t want to go to sleep and you end up spending 4 hours on the Internet.

Do you want to live to 100?

That’s a difficult question! I have a lot of anxiety about the way the world is going right now. If I’m happy, yes, I’d want to live to be 100, but there are a lot of variables to consider.

What’s special about your home school, College of Wooster in Ohio?

It’s so homey with only 2,000 students! Without the individual attention I received there I might not have known I could pursue my passions. I also like that College of Wooster emphasizes research. Most of my classes require research papers or projects which I enjoy doing.

What superpower do you wish you had?

Teleporting! I try to enjoy the journey from one place to the next, but I’d rather just get there.

Tell us something you hate doing. 

I hate cutting my nails; it’s an annoyance. And I really hate listening to a voicemail that I don’t know who it’s from or what it’s about.

Tell us something you love doing and why.

I love meditating. It clears your mind, and I have a lot of thoughts! Meditating puts me in the moment.

What’s special about Hawaiʻi?

It’s so casual and much slower-placed than what I’m used to. For that reason it’s refreshing. Also, there are so many different communities coexisting in one place. Hawai‘i is a beautiful place, with warm weather, sunshine and occasional rain.

Dressed in a kimono for Japanese dance class

Dressed in a kimono for Japanese dance class

If you could have lunch with any three people (real or fictitious/from any time period/dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?

This is hard to decide on, so I’ve got four people!

  1. 1) Katherine Dunham, one of the 1st Dance Anthropologists with a dance background.
  2. 2) Alice from Alice in Wonderland; or maybe Lewis Carroll; I appreciate the themes from the book, like personal development and questions about curiosity and things that don’t make sense
  3. 3) John Lennon; his music is fun and has a message. I’m curious about how celebrities live such a public and extravagant life but create messages in their work.
  4. 4) Sylvia Plath; I read the Bell Jar in 11th grade, and the way we connect to the main character’s pressures and struggles is both scary and fascinating.

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.

I don’t think it’s okay to lie in any manner.

I am bothered by having too many “things”.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

(After several minutes) My autobiography would be named I Wish My Hair Were Red, since I’m often wondering if I’m okay with the way my life is now or if it would be better if I could change something.

With what technology would you write a love letter?

Well, pen and paper, but I also think works of art, like a sketch or a dance, can express just as much!

What are your personal superstitions?

I was raised Catholic, but even though I don’t practice it anymore, I do pray to St. Anthony, the Patron Saint of Lost Things, and he pulls through! I also believe in Karma and déjà vu.

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Doing my hair! It gets tangled and frizzy, and I have to work on it to keep it under control!

If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be and where?

I’d get Animus, which means courage and soul in Latin, in grey or black ink on my left wrist – the ‘m’ would be a heart; something to do with dance near my foot; and a quote from a Mumford and Sons song somewhere on my body.

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

Books and tea.

What is that one thing which makes you different?

I think about things in depth. Sometimes I’m afraid to share with others all my thoughts because they might think I’m crazy! I also appreciate differences between people.

What are you looking forward to doing while in Hawai‘i?

Hiking, watching the sunrise on top of Haleakala this weekend when I go to Maui with my friends, and going to the North Shore over Thanksgiving and seeing the contrast between the beach towns there and Honolulu.

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

I feel most alive when performing in some way, like dancing or acting and when experiencing some incredible act or piece of nature.

Emi with friends at a dance performance

Emi with friends at a dance performance

What Advice would you give to a new ASH student?

Be ready to experience life in a different way here; be ready to come at life from a different angle and with different goals from your normal life. Save up your money before arriving so you don’t have to worry about that once you get here, and be sure to take some sort of Hawaiian culture class.

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Student Spotlight – Fall 2014 – Kendrick Kirk

Meet Kendrick Kirk, an economics major from Yale College whose hometown is Las Vegas, Nevada. This year Kendrick goes off-track and explores his artistic side. After a summer studying film making in Prague and back packing through Europe, he comes to the University of Hawai‘i to study acting, voice, and guitar. Next semester he’ll go to New York to take more acting classes at NYU. It’s never a dull moment with Kendrick!

 

Kendrick at Sherwoods

Kendrick at Sherwoods

 

What’s special about your home school, Yale College?

The residential college system is special. Freshmen are put into one of 12 residential units and stay there all four years. Each is a community within the larger college, and each has a master and dean who are faculty members. My master and dean are very cool. I’d say the Gothic architecture at Yale is pretty special, too.

 

What’s special about Hawaiʻi?

The waves, the beach, and the weather. It’s always t-shirt and shorts weather.

 

What are you looking forward to about being in Hawai‘i in the fall?

Taking a scuba diving class, improving my surfing skills, camping at the North Shore, and learning to play guitar and to sing.

 

Are you a morning person or a night person?

Hmm. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m a night owl. I’d like to be a morning person. I think it would be easier to be a morning person if technology wasn’t in your face so much.

 

Nightlife

Nightlife

 

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

  • My guitar
  • Wi-Fi
  • Iodine drops to clean the water
  • Surf Board
  • Two cows to breed, so I’d have plenty of milk and meat. I think I’d get tired of fish.

 

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Sleeping, then I could do anything. But maybe I would just waste more time.

 

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.

I’m the most patient person. I can sit and wait for anything to happen.

I love to do nothing, just be, and take up space.

 

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it? 

(Laughing). My book would be called, The Seeker of Truth

 

If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be and where?

Laughing. I saw this once. I’d get “Mom” written down one arm and “Dad” down the other arm.

 

Tell us something you hate doing.

Pointless tasks, especially in school. For instance writing certain essays. The professors don’t want to read them, and I’m not adding anything to the field by writing them. I’d rather do something more efficient for an assignment to show I know the subject. I also hate cleaning and chores. I used to pay my sister to do my chores.

 

Tell us something you love doing and why.

I love having deep conversations, not just surface talk.

 

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

Sour Punch Straws.

 

What Advice would you give to a new ASH student?

I love living in Waikiki, off campus, and would advise students to consider the same. It’s only a 20-minute bus ride to campus, it’s close to the beach, my friends come over on the weekend and hang out, and the apartments where I live, Ohana Student Housing, have air conditioning! I also suggest getting to know other students with a car and becoming friends with locals.

 

What Are Your Personal Superstitions?

I don’t believe in superstitions. But maybe I do believe in karma. If you do good things, good things come back.

 

Where in the World Would You Like to Get Lost?

Anywhere that’s safe.

 

Which Pop Music Stars Fascinate You?

Ed Sheeran and Jack Johnson.

 

If you could have lunch with any three people (real or fictitious/from any time period/dead or alive), which three people would you choose and why?

  • Matt Damon, one of my favorite actors. He went to Harvard but dropped out to write an academy award-winning screenplay. He’s super philanthropic, supports clean water projects, and drives a Prius. I would have a lot of questions to ask him
  • Jack Johnson. I like to hear his voice!
  • Jesus Christ/Buddha/Muhammad. I’d love to hear what they say about life.

 

Do You Want to Live to 100?

Yes, if my health is there.

 

With what technology would you write a love letter?

A text message.

 

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

Making potty jokes and playing video games.

 

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

Not worrying about anything. Being carefree.

 

Kendrick on the way to work at his new job

Kendrick on the way to work at his new job

 

What Superpower Do You Wish You Had?

I would want all the knowledge of every person who ever existed and access to this knowledge whenever I needed it.

 

What is that one thing which makes you different?

I’m lucky. My life has been defined by luck. I catch a lot of breaks.

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Student Spotlight Fall 2014 – Ashley Hagerty

Meet Ashley Hagerty, a senior neuroscience major from Temple University who, with a take on Socrates’ words, lives the examined life. Find out how this young but wise 21 year-old thinks about the world around her.

 

Ashley under water

Ashley at Hanauma Bay

What Are Your Personal Superstitions?

I’m a science person, so I don’t really have superstitions. But I do believe thinking positively will lead to positive outcomes, as corny as that sounds. Living a positive life is a healthy life.

Where in the World Would You Like to Get Lost?

Maybe the Amazon. My sister and I have talked about travelling there for a long time. You would probably come upon things that have never been seen before or haven’t been discovered. You might see evolution at work.

Which Pop Music Stars Fascinate You?

I don’t really listen to mainstream music! I guess if I had to pick someone it would be Iggy Azalea. I like her energy.

Do You Want to Live to 100?

Yeah. And I have longevity on my side. My grandmother lived to be 104.

With what technology would you write a love letter?

Pen and paper, of course.

What Superpower Do You Wish You Had?

It used to be reading people’s minds, but now I don’t think I want to know what people are thinking. Between flying and invisibility I’d choose invisibility. Then you can really be alone.

What did you enjoy doing at age 10?

Reading and gymnastics. I wanted to be doing that all the time. I was also into the Spice Girls.

What are you doing when you feel most alive?

I feel most alive when I’m in a beautiful place with people I enjoy. The other day some friends and I were biking back from
Falls, and the setting was so spectacular! It was a wonderful feeling.

 

If you could have lunch with any three people (real or fictitious/from any time period/dead or alive), which three people would you choose?

  1. 1) Edgar Allan Poe, my favorite poet
  2. 2) Neil Degrasse Tyson, a famous scientist and host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
  3. 3) Immanuel Kant, 18th century German philosopher

What’s special about your home school, Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?

Being at a city school provides a ton of opportunities. Philly is always home to me, and I have a sense of pride being there. It’s diverse, and even though it’s a big school, it has a sense of community. The university does a lot of outreach, especially in the neighborhoods that surround it.

What’s special about UHM?

The life style is so laid back. I love how professors come to class in flip flops and Hawaiian t-shirts. People have different priorities, and they are patient and kind. There is not a pressure to keep performing.

What are you looking forward to about being in Hawai‘i in the fall?

Surfing, sky diving, and camping out at the North Shore over Thanksgiving.

Are you a morning person or a night person?

Definitely a morning person! My roommate and I joke about my “grandma schedule”. I like to be in bed by 10 because my internal clock wakes me up at 6 am.

If you were stranded on a lonely beach, what are the five things that you would want to have with you?

  1. 1) Books about survival, or any books in general
  2. 2) A surfboard. I just bought a board and a bike with a rack.
  3. 3) A source of water
  4. 4) My dog
  5. 5) My record player. I wanted one when I was in high school. I like to go out and look for albums, so that purchasing music is a mindful pursuit. It’s so easy to go online, click and automatically get music. My mom found me a record player that is also a CD and tape player and a radio.
Ashley coexisting with her new surf board

Ashley coexisting with her new surf board

What is that one thing which makes you different?

My interests are different. I enjoy philosophy, religion, and science, all of which attempt to explain the essence of being human. Also, I try really hard not to talk badly about people.

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?

Hmm. I don’t necessarily dislike anything enough to eliminate it. I thought at first I would eliminate commuting, but that’s my thinking time. Homework can sometimes be a chore, but doing it brings a sense of accomplishment. Every part of the day is an integral part!

Share one truth and one lie about your personality and let others guess which is what.

I’m very sarcastic. I don’t like trying new things.

If you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

Gosh! Lets come back to that one!

If you were to get a permanent tattoo done, what would it be and where?

I already have a tattoo on my ankle, but I’ve actually been thinking of getting UH’s motto in Hawaiian somewhere small and subtle, maybe on my finger in white ink. The motto is, “Maluna a‘e o na lahui a pau ke ola ke kanaka”, or “Above all nations is humanity”. Too often I think we are prone to see each other’s differences rather than our basic similarities as humans.

Tell us something you hate doing. 

I hate disappointing people, especially my family.

Tell us something you love doing and why.

I love making other people feel good or happy. That makes me happiest.

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?

Frozen bananas! They taste like ice cream.

What Advice would you give to a new ASH student?

Make the very most of your experience. Go out and do stuff at least every other day. Try something new and find a community here based on your interests, outside of your normal core group.

Meditation

Meditation

Now back to: if you were to write a book about yourself, what would you name it?

Adventures Had and Adventures to Come

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