Student Spotlight: Alexis Ouellette — Making it Happen!

Alexis at the beach.

Alexis at the beach.

Meet Alexis Ouellette, a sophomore from Cheshire, Connecticut, spending spring semester in Hawai‘i.

Major: Communication Disorders (Speech Therapy)

Home School: Southern Connecticut State University

Favorite UHM Class: My favorite class, hands down, is Hawaiian Studies. I use what I learn in class to appreciate my surroundings while living here in Hawai‘i.

Favorite Form of Social Media: My current obsession is Instagram. I can share all my Hawai‘i photos with friends and family back home.

What’s on your iPod? Oh, everything and anything. I’ve got a lot of 80s hair bands that my dad would listen to (Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Black Sabbath, and more), rap for working out, and my favorite group, the Dave Matthews Band.

What one word would you use to describe yourself? I think the one word would be “grounded” or “focused”.

What one word would your friends use to describe you? Same thing!

Top Accomplishment? I have two things. First, when I was a senior in high school I wanted to get into the University of Connecticut. My grades were good, but I knew I had to do more to get accepted. So to make it happen, I studied hard, got straight As, and took the SAT 3 times. Second, I also wanted somehow to go to the University of Hawai‘i. When I went to the Study Abroad office at UCONN I heard about National Student Exchange, but that program didn’t work out for me. I kept searching and eventually found the ASH program, and now I’m here – just where I want to be!

Dream Job: My dream job when I was younger was to be a dolphin trainer! Now I look forward to becoming a speech therapist and helping people.

Fun Fact: I used to do motocross, but I sold my dirt bike to buy a car.

Greatest Vice: I have the biggest sweet tooth!

Favorite TV Show: Sons of Anarchy, Nashville and Modern Family.

The Reality Show I’d Go On: Survivor! I almost sent in a video to try out for the show. Maybe when I get back from Hawai‘i I’ll do it!

If a movie were made about me, I’d want this actress to play me: Kate Hudson because she’s quirky and down to earth.

Favorite thing to do in Hawai‘i: I’m a beach bum, but my favorite thing to do here is hiking.

Near the Halona Blow Hole.

Near the Halona Blow Hole.

Favorite Local Food: Mochi Ice Cream from Bubbies. My friend and I go there every Friday to try some. Red velvet and chocolate peanut butter are my favorite flavors.

Favorite Hawai‘i Place: I think my favorite spot in Honolulu is Hanauma Bay. It’s so serene and different. But I’m taking a trip to the Big Island, so my favorite Hawai‘i place may change soon!

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