Student Spotlight: Two football players from Bates College take the off-season to study in Hawaiʻi

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Student Spotlight: Two football players from Bates College take the off-season to study in Hawaiʻi

Category : Student Spotlight

Get to know Brian Carilli, a politics major and Josh Freedland, a psychology major, who traded the snow and cold of the infamous winter of 2014 for the sun and adventure of the tropics.

Cliff Jumping

Cliff Jumping


Favorite UH Class
Brian: “Political Design and Futuristics”. This class is very thought provoking.
Josh: “Culture, Gender, and Appearance”. The professor is really good. She was a psych major and at one time worked for Gucci.


Favorite Form of Social Media
Brian: I’d say face-to-face interaction. I’m not into technological communication.
Josh: Yeah, I like hanging out with real people.


One Word (or a few) That Your Friends Use to Describe You
Brian: Brazen or insane
Josh: Mellow, relaxed.


One Word That You Use To Describe Yourself
Brian: Outgoing
Josh: Laid back


Greatest Adventure
Brian: My greatest adventure is coming up. After graduation my friends and I will hike the Long Trail, a 272-mile trek through the Green Mountains, from the Massachusetts – Vermont border to Canada. It’s the oldest hiking trail in the US.
Josh: My coolest adventure was a two-week trip to Israel with a group of high school peers. My greatest adventure here in Hawai‘i was a 40-foot jump off Kapena Falls. I’m terrified of heights and stood at the top for 20 minutes before taking the plunge into the water.


Something Few People Know about Me
Brian: I played trombone in middle school band.
Josh: I was an extra in Grownups 2 and met Adam Sandler.


Person You’d Most Like to Meet
Brian: Ronald Reagan
Josh: My future self


Greatest Vice
Brian: I get a little too engaged. I wear my emotions on my sleeve.
Josh: I’m not laid back enough, especially here in Hawai‘i.


Best Talent
Brian: My persuasive powers.
Josh: Not getting stressed out. Oh, and I’m learning ukulele. That might be a best talent soon.


Dream Job
Brian: Maybe an adventurer or adventure guide — something to do outdoors. Anything but sitting behind a desk!
Josh: Something to do in sports. I had an internship at an agency that represents football players, and that type of profession interests me.


Favorite Movie
Brian: Synecdoche, New York. It’s a deep movie.
Josh: Lion King


Favorite TV Show
Brian: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Josh: Seinfeld


Reality Show I’d Go On
Brian: Jersey Shore, but just for a month or so.
Josh: America’s Got Talent. I’ve been practicing my ukulele.


If A Movie Were Made About Me, I’d Want this Actor to Play Me
Brian: DeNiro
Josh: James Franco


Favorite Thing to Do at Home
Brian: Probably paintball for the adrenalin rush or hiking.
Josh: Going to sporting events. I like to go to Fenway Park in the summer for baseball.


Favorite Thing to Do in Hawai‘i
Brian: Hiking
Josh: Hiking or tanning


Brian on the trails

Brian on the trails

Favorite Hawai‘i Place (so far)
Brian: Kapena Falls or Maunawili Falls. I love cliff jumping!
Josh: The same for me, or maybe Waikiki.


Favorite Local Food
Brian: Shave Ice
Josh: Shave Ice or Malasadas


Favorite Hawai‘i Tradition
Brian: Hawai‘i Time! Things are slower paced and more relaxed here, compared to Boston.
Josh: Yeah, I like the laid back atmosphere. I also like the tradition of handing out ti leaves at UH basketball games. Fans wave them to distract the opposing players.


Favorite Spot on Campus
Brian: The weight room
Josh: The dining room

Josh, a friend, and Brian enjoying the night life

Josh, a friend, and Brian enjoying the night life

1 Comment


February 26, 2014 at 10:39 am

Hi Josh,
Great to see you are having a good time and getting to experience all things Hawai’i. Have a great time!!

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