Spring Semester 2013 – Welcome Students!

This posting is long overdue, but I am very happy to welcome the Spring Semester 2013 ASH students to the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Our students come from Maine, Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio and Utah. They will certainly miss lots of snow over the next few months but enjoy lots of sunshine.

Here is the crew:

Back row: Tim, AJ, Alyssa C., Cara, Alyssa B., Alexis, Claire, Maria. Front row: Brittany, Julia, Lauren.

Back row: Tim, AJ, Alyssa C., Cara, Alyssa B., Alexis, Claire, Maria. Front row: Brittany, Julia, Lauren.

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Photo Contest – Fall 2012

Here are the results of our ASH student Photo Contest for Fall Semester 2012. Included are a few comments from our judge, Jon, assistant web designer in the Chancellor’s office. Thanks to everybody who sent in entries and to Jon for taking the time to review the photos!



5th Place – Photo by Paige 

Biking – Great shot that has an editorial feel. I love the events that Paige shot with her camera, but this one in particular stood out to me for the color — I really liked the lighting behind the night/early morning bike shot, it gives motion to the picture even when they are standing still.





4th Place – Photo by Josh

Aerial shot – Great shot of the makapuu lighthouse. Definitely something that someone would use while creating a brochure about oahu.




3rd Place – Photo by Paige

Kokohead – Great photo of this StairMaster of a hike. Loved the depth of field that paige provided with the centered staircase, and really just the way she positioned herself to capture the shot, to not only show how far up she is, how many steps you have to dread, but that the view is worth it once you hit the top.




2nd Place – Photo by Rachel

Landscape – Loved the texture she has with the rocks, there’s something about the contrast between the dark rocks and the bright sky that makes the photo for me.




1st Place – Photo by Caitlin

Driving – This happened to be my favorite amongst the bunch. I liked it because it just shows how blessed we are to live in hawaii. The fact that we don’t have to long drive to get a view like this, and with world-renowned beaches and breathtaking views just minutes away. It surely is great to reside in such a place as this.


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Student Spotlight: Dillon Schlee

Meet Dillon Schlee, a soft-spoken sophomore from Postville, Iowa. Before returning to the snowy landscape of winter in the mid-west, Dillon sits down and spends a few minutes sharing about himself and his time in Hawai‘i.

Home School: The University of Iowa in Iowa City

Major: Pre-Business

Favorite UH class: Business Law

What’s on your iPod? A little bit of everything – some reggae, some local music, Soja – lots of things.

Favorite form of social media: Facebook and Twitter

What one word would you use to describe yourself? Shy.

What one word would your friends use to describe you? Smart-a**.

Decisive moment or turning point in the last few years: My decision to come to Hawai‘i for the semester. I’ve always been interested in coming to school here, and through some research we found the ASH program.

What do you like about Hawai‘i? The lifestyle! There are endless things to do. You can go outside at anytime, and that’s not the case in Iowa. The people here are friendly and treat you like family, even if they don’t know you well.

What’s your favorite Hawai‘i tradition? The way you greet people here: a kiss on the cheek or a handshake.

Craziest ambition: To learn to play the ukulele!

Best talent: Sports. I can play anything.

First job: Lifeguard at a local swimming pool. I was a sophomore in high school.

Favorite movie: All the Home Alone movies.

Something that few people know about me: I’m left-handed.

Greatest vice: CANDY! I love it all, including li hing mui gummy bears.

If a movie were made about me, I’d want this actor play me: Keifer Sutherland. I’m thinking of the TV series, 24.

Favorite spot on campus: Hamilton Library, 3rd floor. It’s pretty much always empty and a great place to study.

Favorite place in Hawai‘i: Waimea Bay at the North Shore. The beach, body surfing, rock jumping, the view – it’s all great!

Your dream job: Something nice-paying so I can live in a tropical paradise.

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Student Spotlight: Josh Rosenbloom

A Semester …of Golf?

ASH student Josh Rosenbloom traded the cold winter of Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University for a semester of warm, breezy days in Hawai‘i. Sure, there is lots to do here and lots of cultural diversity to experience, but let’s face it; the main reason Josh made the trip was to golf. An avid scratch golfer with shockingly few years of golf experience behind him, Josh is touring the island with clubs in hand, shooting and putting on courses fronting the ocean, nestled in the lush jungles, or housed on Disney’s newest resort. Take a look at our interview and see what else motivates Josh.

Josh Rosenbloom on Diamond Head

Hometown: Queens in New York City

Favorite form of social media: Texting: it’s a formulated response in your own personal character.

What’s on your iPod: I like hip hop and rap, but mainly I listen to the podcasts The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons and the Adam Carolla Show.

What one word would you use to describe yourself: How about a phrase. I have my own personal style.

What one word would your friends use to describe you: Hmmmm. Clever?

Top accomplishment: The first time I shot under par – in July of 2012.

Travel experience: I took a gap year after high school and lived in Israel, studying Jewish Law and traveling across the country. I really enjoyed the Jewish environment and learned a lot.

Fun Fact about you: I’m sure there is one.

Greatest Vice: Procrastination. It takes me forever to do something. Another vice is waking up late.

Favorite TV show: Suits and Bachelor Pad

Favorite thing about Hawai‘i: Hawai‘i has such a friendly atmosphere, and no one is in a rush.

Favorite place in Hawai‘i: The Ko‘olau golf course. Parts of the course are in the jungle.

Favorite Local food: Ahi sashimi. (Editor’s note: this is Japanese style raw tuna.)

Favorite restaurant in Hawai‘i: Da Falafel King and most sushi places. (Ed. note: the owner of Da Falafel King is a former UH 

The most famous person I’ve met: Mark Zuckerburg

If a movie were made about me, I’d want this actor to play me: (Ed. note: 1.5 minutes later Josh answers.) Justin Timberlake?

The reality show I’d go on: Bachelor Pad

If I’m cooking, we’re having: Grilled cheese

Dream Job: Professional Golfer

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Student Spotlight: Paige Tibbits

Paige at the beach

Meet Paige Tibbits, a senior from the University of Michigan, who has undertaken her longest trip ever away from home to spend a semester at the University of Hawai‘i. Paige answers some of our questions about school, herself, and life here in Hawai‘i.

Hometown: Onaway, Michigan — a small, rural city with a population of about 1,000.

Favorite UH class: Immunology – this class has the most interesting material.

Favorite spot on campus: Sinclair Library because it’s open 24/7. It’s my favorite place to study.

Dream Job: Neurosurgeon or neurologist.

Proudest accomplishment: Last year I had a 4.0 for the entire year while working 35 hours a week.

What’s on your iPod? I like everything but don’t have much time these days to investigate new music. I got into country music in college, and I’ve always liked classic rock and was into Screamo for a while.

What one word would you use to describe yourself: Genuine

What one word would your friends use to describe you: Dedicated. Everyone knows I’m devoted to school, my job, and everything that I undertake.

What’s your greatest vice? I want to be adventurous, but my fear gets in the way. For instance, I want to go skydiving or cliff jumping, but my fear stops me from doing it!

Favorite book: Hmmm, well, I read 50 Shades of Grey on the way to the airport. I had the time, so I thought I would go ahead and read it.

Favorite TV show: Sons of Anarchy, the motorcycle gang show.

The reality show I’d go on: I’m not sure, but maybe some dancing reality show where they teach people with no coordination how to dance!

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

Favorite place in Hawai‘i: I haven’t been here too long, but so far I’d say Kailua and Lanikai. They are pretty places with a relaxed, fun atmosphere and beautiful beaches and mountains. They both radiate the Hawaiian feel you see on tv.

Favorite local food: Spicy ahi maki and manapua.

Favorite thing to do in Hawai‘i: Explore! I don’t like to sit still. I like to get out and go!

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Welcome to Fall Semester 2012

Aloha from A Semester in Hawai‘i! This semester we have a small but active group, studying theatre, neuroscience, math and statistics, journalism, and Hawaiian culture. Before the first week of the semester was even complete, the students were out and about, taking surf lessons, playing golf, hiking, and island hopping to Kauai. There is way too much to do in a few short months, so these students are getting on it right away.

Overlooking Diamond Head Crater

Check back soon for this semester’s student spotlights, submissions to our photo blog, and updates on UHM events.

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Do Your Parents Need Convincing?

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.

Hawai‘i Hall on UHM campus (ASH office on 3rd floor) and high rises of Waikiki in distance

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ASH Photo Bloggers Dinner

This semester we had our very first ASH Photo Blog Competition. Out of 80 photos submitted, Vanessa’s shot of an intense sunset won first in show. See the previous post for her photo and 5 honorable mentions from Chloë and Sarah H. Last night the photo bloggers went to dinner at Sushi King for a celebration, and of course, photos of the food are included below. We ordered both the Sushi and Sashimi Omakase, which means we left it up to the sushi chef to surprise us and choose what to serve.  I also received a beautiful tuberose and orange carnation lei from the students. Thank you! The best part of my job is getting to know the students and hearing about their adventures in Hawai‘i. Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo!

Sushi Omakase

Sashimi Omakase

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Spring Semester 2012 Photo Contest Winner

Vanessa Rizzi wins our first ASH photo contest with this sunset picture. Congratulations, Vanessa!

Here are the Honorable Mentions:

Feeding the Dragon at the Chinatown New Year’s Festival, by Chloë Weeks.

Lava fields on the Big Island, by Chloë Weeks.

North Shore Drive, by Chloë Weeks.

Spitting Caves, by Vanessa Rizzi.

Chinaman’s Hat, by Sarah Hoffman.

Thanks to our judge, Jon Burdios, Assistant Web Designer for UH Manoa.

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Unreal Hawaii

A Semester in Hawai‘i is full of adventure in both academics and recreation. Where else can you hear a lecture on Bioaccumulation of microalgal neurotoxins in aquatic food webs, attend a Javanese and Balinese Gamelan concert, and swim and snorkel in the blue waters of Waimanalo Beach? Here at A Semester in Hawaii at UHM, students study for their degree, discover new cultures, and play on a beautiful island paradise. As photo blogger David Chatsuthiphan says about Hawaii, “this place is unreal.” Check out his blog for breathtaking photos of hikes, beaches, climbing places, and other activities on the islands. And check out the UH Manoa website for events on campus.




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