Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Classes, Work, Mid-Terms, & Babies


Aloha Everyone,
I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in a while! I have been super busy with school and work. I’ve been working on tons of different things and I just haven’t had any time to update. Well, we are now 5 weeks into the semester, which is crazy to think about, and the work keeps on coming. My classes have been a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. Tons of reading for my geography and anthropology classes and I’ve already had two tests in my logic class. Other than that life has been pretty good. I have been just hanging out with my friends and going to the beach whenever I can.  A few weeks ago my cousin Amanda gave birth to her daughter Grace, and I’m so incredibly excited to meet her during Christmas break! Due to the fact my family is so close and us cousins are like siblings, little Gracie will be calling me Uncle Camel. We are all so excited she’s here and I have a feeling she’s going to spoiled rotten because she is the first child out of all of us cousins. I’m now looking forward to going home for break even more now! I’m going to have to get Gracie some HPU gear to represent back home. Other than the birth of my beautiful niece I’ve just been getting all my work done and researching possible careers after I graduate in May. I really think I want to get into admissions work at a university. I love working for HPU and I really enjoy being the Campus Tour Coordinator here. I’m hoping something will open up at HPU because I would love to stay here, if not I’m hoping something at any of the schools in Hawaii will have some positions open up in the spring. I’m even looking at getting a Masters of Education in Educational Administration for Higher Ed. I think I’ve finally found my niche and I’m so excited to start work after I graduate. I would really like to stay in Hawaii, so I’m going to need everyone to send positive thoughts my way and hopefully something will fall into place. That’s it for now, hopefully I’ll be able to update you next week! It is mid-term time over here so I’m going to be studying a lot for my exams. I hope everyone has a nice week!

Mahalo for reading,
Cameron

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Aloha Everyone!
First 2 weeks of school down, and a whole semester to go! My first week of classes went very well, it’s looking like I’m going to have a busy semester with school and work. My classes so far are very interesting, but I’m really looking forward to the work I’m going to have to complete for my Anthropology class. We have to volunteer at local homeless shelters around the island and do some anthropological research. If you don’t know what anthropology is, it is the study of people and culture. If you ever get the chance to take an anthropology class it will definitely broaden your horizons when it comes to the world. My Poverty & Culture class is a 3 hour class, which sounds rough, but it only meets once a week and my professor is AWESOME. He is able to keep our attention and instead of lecturing he puts us in a circle and we have discussions about the reading. This technique is awesome because we get to hear other student’s points of view. At HPU we have a very diverse student body, 1/3 of our students are local, another 1/3 is from the mainland, and finally 1/3 is international students. When you get put into a class like the one I’m taking, one gains a whole new perspective of things. I’m really looking forward to hear what other students have to say. My other classes are pretty interesting, and luckily enough I have already made some new friends. It’s actually quite funny, I’m taking my remaining general education classes (which I should have finished last year but I procrastinated) so I have a lot of freshman in my classes. In fact, in one of my classes I actually have a few students that came on tour with me last year so it was nice to see a familiar face. Having so many interactions with prospective students and then seeing them on campus makes me feel happy because I feel like the tour may have been one of the reasons why they decided to choose HPU. If you’ve ever had me as a tour guide and see me on campus please feel free to say hi! I think the best part of taking these general education requirements is that due to the fact a lot of the students are new to HPU they are looking for friends. Everyone in these classes are quite talkative and really try to get to know each other, which makes it a lot easier for new students to adjust to a new place. Besides classes I really haven’t been doing too much! Last Friday I managed to go out with a couple of my friends and we went to a free concert provided by HPU. The concert was the local band named The Green, they were so good! I have to thank HPU for throwing this great event because it was a lot of fun! The best part was that at the end of the concert there was a meet and greet with the band members. If you haven’t heard of The Green, they are a local reggae band and their last album was named the best reggae band on iTunes in 2011, definitely check them out! Other than that I’ve just been getting work done and acclimating back to school mode. I’m sad to inform I actually don’t have any pictures this week! I’ll make sure to update you next week with a bunch of new pictures! I hope you enjoyed reading my blog and I’ll update you next Tuesday with events from this week!
Mahalo for reading,
Cameron