Student Spotlight VII: Nikki Walsh

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Student Spotlight VII: Nikki Walsh

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Nikki at the beach

Penn State junior Nikki Walsh is a kinesiology major from Souderton, PA.  She heard about the ASH program from a friend who attended UH through National Student Exchange.  Nikki and her friend are now sharing an apartment in Honolulu and having lots of good times.

Nikki is a sports fan and follows the Philadelphia Flyers, Phillies, Eagles, and, of course, the Penn State Nittany Lions.  While here in Hawai‘i, she remains a long-distance sports fan while her time is shared with other pursuits.  Besides taking classes in “History of the Hawaiian Islands”, “Theater – Intro to Acting”, “Sports Biomechanics” and “Nutrition in Sport and Exercise”, she’s been hiking (recently conquering Koko Head Crater), snorkeling, and beach going.  Check out her recent blog about an excursion to Lanikai  ( By the way, Nikki recommends Boots and Kimo’s in Kailua for macadamia nut pancakes!  Over Spring Break she and her parents spent at week on Kauai and enjoyed many adventures, including a helicopter tour, a catamaran to Ni‘ihau (the “Forbidden Island”), a visit to Waimea Canyon (the Grand Canyon of Hawai‘i), and a hike along the spectacular Na Pali Coast.

Her future goal is to attend Physicians Assistant School, after which she may return to Honolulu for work because “here in Hawai‘i the weather is gorgeous, and I’m happier than ever!”

Getting to know Nikki Walsh:

Favorite restaurant in Hawai‘i: Duke’s in Waikiki and Sansei (Sushi!)

Favorite restaurant in Pennsylvania: Brazzo’ Italian Restaurant

Favorite thing to do in Hawai‘i: Snorkeling, but looking forward to scuba diving and cliff jumping!

Favorite thing to do in Pennsylvania: Snowboarding in winter, attending sporting events, shopping and hanging out on South Street

Favorite book: Harry Potter

Favorite movie: one of my favorites is The Hangover

Favorite TV show: Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, and Glee

Craziest ambition: To backpack through Europe

Best talent: Dancing – hip hop and jazz

First job: Working at Tantopia, a tanning salon

Something people don’t know about me:  I’m overly obsessed with eating ketchup!  I’ve even dipped waffles in ketchup.

Proudest accomplishment: Coming to UH through the ASH program.  I’m really a homebody and like to stay in close proximity to my family.

The most famous person I’ve met: My family and I met Howie Mandel at a hotel in Italy.

If a movie were made about me, I’d want this actress to play me: Katherine Heigl

Person I’d most like to meet: Country music singer Tim McGraw

The reality show I’d go on: Keeping Up With the Kardashians

If I’m cooking, we’re having: Pasta!



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