Have some of you wondered how to bring up the subject of studying abroad in Hawai‘i with your parents? Let’s face it — on first hearing, spending a semester in Hawai‘i can sound like one long spring-break trip.
But Hawai‘i is much more complex than beaches and sunsets. Due to the islands’ history of immigration and its proximity to Pacific Island nations and Asia there is an amazing diversity of culture and customs that co-exists within a small area of land. It’s hard to describe if you haven’t been here!
This diversity and proximity to other nations has helped shape the academic character of the University of Hawai‘i. UH specializes in Asian, Pacific, and Hawaiian studies in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. And because it’s situated on an island recently formed by volcanic eruptions in the middle of the Pacific, the university thrives in volcanology, marine sciences, geology, environmental sciences, astronomy and other scientific studies.
Thanks to these UH specialties most ASH students are able to take courses that aren’t available at his or her home college. And even though Hawai‘i is part of the U.S., ASH students experience some of the same benefits of global study abroad: diversity of culture, new ways of thinking about his or her place in the world, and self-reliance and independence.
Take these ideas and then read Nate Nault’s “Ten Ways to Guarantee Your Parents Will Let You Study Abroad”at the Study Abroad Blog. Come up with a proposal for studying in Hawai‘i that your folks can’t ignore. Oh, and then tell them they can come visit you while you’re here. That might help, too.