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Anonymous: Well I became a medical assistant by junior year do you think that would make more of an applicant?

Hey! So I don’t really know to much about the nursing program or what it takes to get in. I just know from experience that those science-based degrees usually have a pre-(major) before you get to the actual one. However, I was accepted right into the marine biology program without being in pre-marine biology. So as long as you have good grades that qualify you to be in the nursing program right away you should be good. With that being said, being a medical assistant should be a good way to get you right into the program (but like I said I don’t know to much about that program particularly).

Sincerely,

Lauren

Anonymous: Thank You so much for answering my question you have inspired me that I will be able to get accepted in to this University. You don't understand how much your words gave me hope and encouragement for the future hopefully other people can be inspired by your blog just as I was.

Hey! Well thank you so much! That really means a lot to me! Good luck on your college searching and maybe see you one day here at HPU!

Sincerely,

Lauren

Anonymous: What is your story for choosing HPU? Did you transfer here your sophomore year (if so from where and why)? How did you choose this school and had you ever visited before you applied? How often did you go to Hawaii for vacation before going to HPU (asking because curious on how much about Hawaii did you know or did you feel a bit of culture shock)? Thanks!

Hey! I choose HPU because originally I wanted to go into marine biology and also because I loved Hawaii. Having an aunt that lives on Kauai I have been to the islands a couple of times before. So during a family vacation trip to my aunt’s, we went over to Oahu and visited the school. In the end, I choose HPU because I loved the small school feel and having the opportunity to live in such a diverse place. It was not a culture shock to me because I went into it knowing it would not be like the mainland. 

Sincerely,

Lauren

Anonymous: So I'm a senior and have my eyes set on Hawaii and wanted to know was it hard to get in because I researched the acceptance rate and it was 80%. Also I'm also out of state is it better to board at the university or get an apartment I don't I'm just really nervous of not getting accepted.

Hey! So HPU is not hard to get into at all so really don’t sweat about it. Like you said, the acceptance rate is 80% which is really hight. So honestly don’t worry about it! Unless you have REALLY bad grades and GPA, you will get accepted. However, if you want to go into marine biology or nursing, you may be accepted either into that major right away or pre-(major). If you are in pre-(major) you will just have to take some classes in order to get into that major. Other than that, I stayed at the dorm the first year to get to know people, but a lot of people do not do that. They either get an apartment or stay at the Hawaii Student Housing in Waikiki. It is really up to you to decide which housing option is best for you. 

Sincerely,

Lauren

Anonymous: Do you think you could do a post about what to expect when living in HI where you just talk about maybe some misconceptions, daily life, how it is different from the mainland, and all that jazz haha or even just new stuff that you never heard of before you came to Hawaii whether it be slang, food, or just random items? Thank you! (I love reading through your blog) :)

Hey! So I could definitely do a post like this once I get back to school on island and get more into the “school mood.” But let me know if you have questions or curious about anything specific. Since this blog started out as a way for me to gain motivation to take more pictures (not kidding haha), I usually just answer peoples questions if they have any.

Sincerely,

Lauren

Anonymous: How does the bus system in Hawaii work (not the campus shuttle, but the one you can take around the island) thanks!

Hey! So the bus system in Hawaii is ranked one of the top systems in the country. The buses really do go all over the island! Even though it will take longer than if you drove a car, it is an affordable way to travel. I will still be using the bus system until I graduate haha. But basically you download TheBus application and it will list out for you all of the bus times for a certain bus stop. I ended up downloading Transit so I could map out which bus stop I needed to get to, then switch over to TheBus app. to figure out bus times. Once you get the hang of it it is super easy!

Sincerely,

Lauren

Anonymous: Do you think you could give some tips to incoming freshmen from information you have gathered through experience and what you wish you knew or maybe things you wish you had done?

Hey! So as an incoming freshman (I am assuming not from Oahu) there are a few key things I picked up from living in the dorms. Here is the top three things I learned from transferring to HPU.

- LEAVE YOUR DOOR OPEN. I know this sounds super basic and about everybody tells you to do it, but seriously this is how I met everyone in my dorm. When you move in (and know nobody) leave your door open for the first few weeks! People will walk by and introduce themselves and you could do the same.

- Another thing is to not bring a lot to school. I have A TON of clothes and literally brought 3 full suitcases worth. When I got there I ended up buying even more stuff in which I actually needed. Bring mainly summer clothes and a couple pairs of jeans, sweatshirts, etc. since it does get a little chillier in the rainy season. 

- And lastly, enjoy Hawaii. Last semester I started working a part-time job at Macy’s while taking five classes (including my upper level major ones). This really took up a lot of my time and I didn’t have time to do anything the whole semester! I am not saying don’t get a job, or don’t take five classes, but make sure you make time to enjoy Hawaii. The only “fun” thing I did last semester was a hike the first week I got back, and I totally regret not doing anything else since there is so much I want to do there.

Let me know if you have any questions or need tips on something specific. These were just my top three things I thought of haha.

Sincerely,

Lauren

Anonymous: Does HPU have a gym for students to use that has weights, treadmills, etc?

Hey! Yes HPU does have a gym on the Hawaii Loa campus. However this “gym” is very small. It does have treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and weights. When I first arrived on island I joined a 24 Hour Fitness right next to the downtown campus. But as school started, I realized I did not want to go back downtown to workout after a long class-filled day. So I ended up going to the gym by my dorm, and you know what, I liked it a lot better. Yes you don’t have as many options, but unless you go after dinner when everyone is back home, it is usually empty. Overall, it gets the job done haha. 

Sincerely,

Lauren

Anonymous: Ok, so I keep hearing about the Aloha Tower development and I'm not exactly sure what it is besides that they are adding more dorms, but it was supposed to be done this year and it isn't and I was wondering if you had any updates on that, like if you heard any news being a student and everything. Thank you.

Hey! So I haven’t heard much of the Aloha Tower much either until a few weeks ago! It will not be done this year since they were still figuring out contractors (which they just finalized). So if everything goes by plan, the Aloha Tower project should be completed in fall of 2015. This project will add dorm rooms, community spaces, different dining options, class spaces, etc. So this really add a lot to HPU’s campus and the community in general!

http://www.hpu.edu/ATP/faq.html

Sincerely,

Lauren Azbell

Anonymous: My cousin went to School in Hawaii(UH) and when people ask her about her time there she always jokes about the swimsuits and how about a couple of months in her and her floor mates all got rid of there "mainland bikinis" and bought new ones, but the point of this is I was just curious if a lot of students do this because she always talks about how nice it was to have a tan butt and that she is never going back haha thank you for answering this semi awkward question!

Hey! Haha well I wouldn’t say everyone does this! I agree that it is a lot more normal to have “cheeky” bikini bottoms, but not enough that everyone owns them haha. I may have one pair (that I haven’t even worn yet) hahah. So it is up to you if you want them!

Sincerely,
Lauren