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Anonymous: Hello! I don't really know if you know the answer to this, but do you know how people stored their paddle/surf boards when they were staying in dorms? Did they just kind of set them against the wall or figure out a way to fit them in the dorm room or did was there a common place to easily store your boards? Thank you!

Hey! So if anyone had surf or paddle boards in the dorm, they store it in their rooms since the ceilings are definitely high enough to fit it! Unfortunately there is no common place for it. Since the dorms are not in walking distance of a beach, a majority of people did not have their own boards since it is hard to transport without a car.
Sincerely,
Lauren

Anonymous: What are you majoring in now and why did you switch out of marine bio?

Hey! So I am majoring in Travel Industry Management with a minor in Multimedia. I switched out of marine biology because I started to realize that I didn’t love it as much as I once did. It kind of hit me that it I didn’t love it, it would be very hard to pursue a career in that field since it requires so much time and little pay. Once I got into college and started to take biology courses, I knew that it wasn’t for me (even though I am really good at science). I learned my first year of college that I like speaking in front of people and taking lead. This is what lead to TIM. I still love the ocean and the sciences, but that doesn’t mean I have to give my life to it.
Sincerely,
Lauren

j-unee: Hi! I'm Abigail and I randomly saw and (old?) post that said you were accepted to HPU? That's my no.1 school I want to apply to. I'm a sophomore in Dhaka,Bangladesh (long story short I'm American and have lived overseas my whole life) and i really want to hear about you experience applying and getting into HPU. Your GPA, extracurriculars, and SAT, anything seriously that I can learn off of. Thank you so much, it's so appreciated!

Hey! So it is awesome that you live overseas! There are so many international students at HPU! There is 1/3 islanders, 1/3 mainlanders, and 1/3 international. So my applying process was fairly easy. I am just going to point out that HPU is not a hard school to get into. Unless you are going into one of the programs (nursing, marine biology, etc.) you will most likely be accepted. Of course you want good grades to get scholarships though! When I applied, I had a 3.8 high school GPA and a 26 ACT score. I was a transfer student from my community college as well, so I a 4.0 college GPA under my belt. The only extracurricular activities I had was competitive cheerleading. But if you are a good student, odds are you will be accepted with no problem!
Sincerely,
Lauren

daizeaz: I was just wondering how bad racism was because I want to go to college in Hawaii, and people have told me that white people aren't necessarily "welcome" in Hawaii.

Hey! So honestly racism really isn’t as big as an issue as you might think. Trust me, that was a HUGE concern for me too! I remember watching videos on YouTube about how “bad” it was! But when I got there, I realized that I had nothing to fear. Everyone is super nice! I mean unless you are being rude or disrespectful to the Hawaiian culture, you will be fine.
Sincerely,
Lauren

Anonymous: Hello Lauren,(again I just asked one other question earlier and then remembered this pretty important question haha) How did you transport your stuff? Like, I would be moving from the states and was curious. Did you ship everything over or take suitcases with you on the plane or both? Are there any rules with stuff I couldn't bring and would have to buy there(if I had some cactus plants would those be aloud)? Did you just bring your clothes over then buy everything else on the island? Thank you!

Hey! So of course this is an important question! To start off with, I brought as much as I could in suitcases. But that mainly consisted of all of my clothes, shoes, bathroom supplies, and a few containers for the dorm. You would want to do all your shopping for bigger things out there. If you were to live in the dorm, there are a few regulations on what you are allowed to have in there (no alcohol, drugs, plants, pets, and a few other electrical items). But if you were asking in a sense of what you can’t bring to Hawaii, I am sorry to say that you cannot bring your cactus haha. The state regulates you cannot bring in plants so that it can prevent introducing new ones to the ecosystem. 

Sincerely,

Lauren

Anonymous: Would you say HPU has a lot of school spirit towards events? I know they aren't huge on sports, but when the school puts on like a dance or some activity like that mud run you participated in or if there is a home basketball game against a rivalry at least, would you say a lot of people participate or do a lot of people just kind of brush them off and do there own thing? Thank you for answering.

Hey! So it is kind of bad to say that HPU isn’t sports orientated. Yes we did have a lot of people participate in the mud run, but it is fairly difficult to get a lot of people involved. Then again there are only 6,000 undergraduates haha. Yes people do go and watch games, but not enough to fill multiple stands. But you don’t come to HPU for the sports college feel. HPU has more of the “real-life” feel by being downtown and experiencing Hawaii in that sense.

Sincerely,

Lauren

Anonymous: Hello Lauren, So right now I'm also looking at UCSC and Manoa. One thing that UCSC has is an organic food section in the caf. Does HPU have any unique food options like that. My friend went to Manoa and she said students would hang up hammocks around campus on nice days. What are some things like that, that would make you just feel happy/unique to hawaii I guess? Thank you and I'm not trying to say HPU sucks compared to these schools I was just using them as examples. Thank you again!

Hey! So unfortunately HPU does not have a designated organic food section in the cafeteria. The food provider, Sodex, does get many of the food they serve from local Hawaiian islands and farmers. There is even a list of farms they use to make the food! Other than that, we don’t have people hanging up hammocks due to the lack of student density in the Hawaii Loa campus (the science and nursing classes are here). The main campus, which is downtown, is where most of the students are. People will play music downtown and there are frequent booths that get students involved. But you have to keep in mind that the campus is in the middle of downtown Honolulu, you wouldn’t get the “college university” feel. 

Sincerely,

Lauren

Anonymous: Hey! I'm interested in marine biology/oceanography and I know that HPU has a great program for both, but one thing they always pride themselves in is that freshmen get a hands on experience. I was just wondering if you knew how much of that was true. I have no idea how much you know about their program, but if possible do you think you could give me a students perspective(not brochure advertisement). Did you see/hear about them doing fun stuff and when you were a freshmen? Thank you for the help

Hey! So unfortunately since I switched out of that major, I can’t tell you any of my experiences… However, a few people in my dorm building were in marine biology and depending on the class you take, you could definitely get hands on experience. Obviously not all science courses will take you on the ocean, but there are definitely ones that take you on HPU’s boat every couple of weeks(?). But I did have a friend that I was hanging out with one night and he got a text from his teacher that a whale had been stranded on the sand. I don’t think that this invitation to come out and inspect the whale went to all the students, but in this example, if you really get into your major and communicate with your professors, experiences like this will be offered to you! Overall, I do know that you will be dealing with the ocean and once you get into your upper classes, you may be visiting the Oceanic Institute often as well!

Sincerely, 

Lauren

Anonymous: Hello! I understand you are not currently in Hawaii but do you think you could do a post on what the dorms, bathrooms, and halls look like? I know you have one of just your bed and the view, but do you think (if you have the pictures) you could just post some please? Also how does the gender thing work? Like, for coed is it coed by floor or are the rooms just chosen random as a boy room or girl room? Thank you for answering my questions!

Hey! So unfortunately I really didn’t take any pictures of my dorm room besides the ones I already posted… I know I should of taken more but I wasn’t planning on making a blog at the time! However I can tell you that the rooms are a good size; I never felt cramped in them. Each room comes with closets that are massive in reality to dorm ones. I was able to fit all my clothes (which says something since I have A LOT). Since I was in a double, we had one closet in the room against the hall and one in the joining bathroom “hallway.” All rooms are suite-style (unless you are in the corner room). The bathroom is a really good size as well knowing that you will be sharing it with your suite mates. The bathroom has two sinks in a long countertop, a mini room for the toilet, and the shower open to the bathroom with a curtain covering it. Overall, I liked living in the dorms and the space given was not bad at all!
Sincerely,
Lauren

staywithmemaria: I was wondering if u think that's worth it Even though to be honest thinking it through, I kind of feel like why should I rush my college years so much Anyways I really wanted to know what it's like being in hawaii and kind of living the dream. Do you feel like you have enough time to experience hawaii and is the over all population easy to get along with and hangout with without feeling like your intruding Sorry for the long question I'm just so interested and also needed to explain my thoughts

Don’t try to rush your college experience! I am already a junior and I can’t believe how fast it is flying by and I wish I had more time! But being Hawaii is such a different experience than living on the mainland. When I first moved there, I went to the beach every weekend and really took in everything in. A few months in reality hit and school started to get hard with projects and stuff, but Hawaii starts to just feel like a second home by then. Of course I recommend doing stuff every weekend! That is what I regret from this past semester; I legit had no time to do anything! But everyone is super friendly, unless you are being inconsiderate or rude haha. I was nervous about moving there and fitting in, but you begin to realize how many people from all over the world are on one tiny island. Everyone had the same moving process and getting cultured just like you would!

Happy you asked some questions! I am always able to answer any more!

Sincerely,

Lauren