This semester, I decided to take a beginning level Spanish course as an elective, and boy am I glad I did! I am LOVING it!
I visit Texas often and plan on moving there one day. They have a huge Spanish-speaking population, and if I live there I want to be able to communicate to the best of my abilities. When I travel to Texas to visit my sister, I am always mistaken for being Hispanic. Once at the airport, one of the security officers just started speaking Spanish to me out of nowhere, assuming that I could understand. I guess I look Hispanic! That experience made me realize the importance of being able to speak another language, so I took the initiative and signed up!
My professor is great at teaching and is so funny! She is very patient and understanding, and she really incorporates culture in her lesson plan. I look forward to class every day and am always so excited to practice what I learn. I can’t wait to be able to have a full fledged conversation in Spanish.
Tonight, our homework was to go on YouTube and search for a list of music artists. My favorite from the list was Mercedes Sosa. Her voice and music is so beautiful and I ended up listening to a bunch of her songs as I tidied up my bedroom. So soothing and relaxing, it was the perfect way to end my hectic day.
It has only been a few weeks of classes, but I already highly recommend this class! TAKE IT!
I swear, it was just yesterday that I was moving into the freshman Lokelani dorm. Time has flown and here I am, an old lady! It is so strange being one of the oldest students on campus. The freshmen look so young from my perspective! It really makes me realize what a long way I have come and that I better spend my last year at CUH as best as I can. So far, my classes are very interesting and my professors are hilarious. Having classes on only Tuesdays and Thursdays, my school days are very long. One of my classes lasts for three hours! This semester is going to be very hectic with being a Hogan Entrepreneur and a member of the Tahitian Club. I am VERY excited, though!
Here is a picture of some of my friends and I from the first day of school at the Welcome Back BBQ. There is always a free BBQ for all of the students on the first day of classes, and that is an opportunity I always take advantage of. ;]
I’M BACK! I had a great summer vacation full of traveling! I went to California to visit friends, Texas to visit family, and Alabama to watch my nephew play baseball in the World Series! I definitely became a pro at packing a suitcase and sleeping in those uncomfortable airplane chairs. Here are some of my favorite pictures from my summer travels!:
My best friend, Keala, and I in Los Angeles. The famous Hollywood sign is on that mountain in the background!
Keala and I in Disneyland in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
Me and Keala at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco getting blown away by the crazy wind!
Bowling in San Francisco with the boys. They were the best hosts ever!
My sister and I sippin’ our ventis in Texas. All we did was shop and eat; perfect vacation to me!
My niece, nephew, and I at my nephew’s baseball game. They came in second place in the World Series! And yes, my 15-year-old niece is taller than me! >.<
I had such an amazing summer, which of course meant it went by way too fast! I spent time with so many loved ones and had sooo much fun creating new memories with them. Definitely my best summer yet in my entire life!
I would have to say that I am taking one of the most interesting classes I have ever taken. My Studio Video Production class (COM 350) is so fun and hands-on; very much my style! Every Tuesday, we all go to the Olelo Studio before it is open to the public and learn everything there is to know about putting on an entire production! We come up with all of our show ideas on our own and take turns with the various jobs needed to be done, such as operating the cameras, being the floor or control room director, acting as talent, and working in the control room pressing all the buttons.
My favorite job would have to be working the audio. I love having all those buttons at the power of my fingers and just the idea that without me, there is no sound! I feel like a real person working on the set of a television show. In the upcoming weeks, the shows that we create might even be showed on one of the Olelo cable stations! I am so nervous!
Here are some photos from class the other day. We were shooting a fashion show!
I highly recommend this course to those interested in how live television shows are produced. You will definitely realize how much team work goes into just a single show! COM 350 is definitely THE course to take!
It is incredibly difficult to be healthy in college, well, for me anyway. With working and homework and being totally exhausted, it is so hard for me to find time to make a better ME. You know what people call that? EXCUSES!
Recently, I have realized that my health is very important. My doctor told me that I am at the age where women gain weight in preparation for childbirth. Even if I am in nooooooo wayyyyyyyy at that stage in my life mentally, my body is physically! I have decided to take responsibility for myself and try to have a healthier lifestyle.
One of the ways I have decided to be healthier is to visit the gym whenever I can. The Carlson Fitness Center on campus has been my lifesaver! I do not have to pay those enormous gym fees and I can just walk right over after class and get my run on. The elliptical is my absolute fave and I can run on that thing forever! There are always friendly familiar faces there if I ever need help with the weights, too. I can’t believe I hadn’t gone there since freshman year!
Another huge way I have decided to change my lifestyle has been to eat healthier. Whole Foods Market in Kahala is only about 10 minutes away from my dorm and they have everything I could ever need to improve my diet. Most people think that it is very pricey to shop there, but for most of their products, they have a store brand option that isn’t so bad on my wallet at all! I took a trip there today and just being in there made me so much more motivated to eat better. For lunch I had a whole wheat spinach and garlic pizza slice and it was AMAZING. I also made my own salad creation from the salad bar for my dinner at work tonight.
I have come to understand that in order for me to feel better mentally and physically, I need to treat my body like a temple. Getting exercise and eating better makes me feel so much better about myself. Thank goodness for a gym and market so close in proximity that makes improving my body and mind so much easier!
Alright alright, so this post was supposed to be posted long ago, but it somehow got lost in my shuffle. It was too good of an event to pass by, so I decided to come back to it and post it up!
I was invited by my fellow blogger, Chardonnay, to volunteer for Lemonade Alley, a huge lemonade stand competition for kids from elementary to high school. These were no ordinary lemonade stands. These were the best lemonade stands I had ever seen! The purpose of the event was to get kids familiar with business and entrepreneurship and teach them what it is like to have your own business. What better way to teach kids about business than to make and manage their own lemonade stands! The kids built their stands, concocted their own special recipes, managed their sales, and did everything else necessary to make their businesses successful!
It was truly a great event with a great cause. Along with the lemonade competition, there were plenty craft and food booths to visit. Though I helped work the Hogan Entrepreneurs’ booth, encouraging children to make their community “greener”, I had my chance to slip away and try some of the lemonades! They were all DELICIOUS and perfect for the blazing hot day. It was an enriching experience that I will never forget.
This is me cutting lemons for the Hogan Entrepreneurs’ booth! The club had children trace their hands on green paper and write down a commitment they would make to help make the planet “greener.” They, then, cut out their hands and glued their “leaf” hand to a barren tree. By the end of the day, our tree was lush and full of green hands! Appropriately, we decided the tree needed some lemons. =p
I loved “The Treehouse,” where you could enjoy your lemonade and leave your mark at their booth! They provided markers for drinkers to write their names and even a little message on the walls and bench of their stand.
It was such a great day. I cannot wait to attend and volunteer at next year’s Lemonade Alley!
So, apparently I am the featured blogger for a week or two! That means I gotta step my blog game up.
Puttin’ on some lipstick and pullin’ myself together.
I had one of the best community service activities ever, last weekend! My fellow bloggers and myself did a community service event to fulfill some of our club requirements. Our project was to clean the Pali Highway on Saturday, January 22 at the crack of dawn. Of course, when I first heard that this was going to be our project, I was like, “A highway……. really…….. at 6:30 in the morning…….. you’re KIDDING.” However, when I met up with my fellow blogger, Chardonnay, I knew that it was going to be a great day.
Char and I walked to school to meet up with the rest of the bloggers before the sun ever came up. I do not even remember the last time I was up so early! We then rode together to the bottom of the highway near the HPU windward campus.We got our gear on and devised our game plan for the treacherous highway.
We got into groups so that we could cover more ground and off we went! It showed to be a very fun and fulfilling day, indeed. I honestly never thought that picking up cigarette butts and pieces of glass could be so much fun. LOL.
Seriously though, doing community service made me feel so good about myself. I was proud of myself for sacrificing the evening prior (going to sleep early so I could wake up early!) and the entire morning for a project that helped the environment. Because of the Chaminade bloggers and our commitment, the highway is a little cleaner than before.=]
Tuesday is the first day of spring semester. Though I am very sad that winter break is coming to an end, I am surprisingly excited to start school! I just moved back into my dorm today, so the anticipation keeps building! I ended my last semester with a 4.0 GPA, which is my excuse as to why I have not been the most up-to-date blogger. =p I’m sorry! Since I am almost at the end of my junior year, now is crunch time to make sure that all of my credits are being fulfilled and that I will graduate on time.
I say it a lot, but college is going by so fast! Before I know it, it will be summer, then senior year, then graduation. Most days, I can’t even believe that I am almost 21! haha I feel old! This semester will go by even faster than the last and I cannot wait. I am determined to make it as successful as the last. The only thing holding me back might be the fact that all of my text books haven’t come in the mail yet! I’m stressin’!
For the past two years, for Halloween I have walked the crazy packed streets of Waikiki. If you live or are visiting Oahu on Halloween, I recommend everyone experience the hilarious crowd of people that flood the streets on this night. For my first two years of college, it was such a blast to walk the strip and see all of the creative and outrageous costumes.
However, this year I decided to take a calmer route. I wasn’t really in the Halloween spirit, so I was so pleased when my good friend Taylor (fellow CUH blogger) asked if I wanted to spend the holiday with her family. I had such a blast as a blast from the past ’80s girl! I hadn’t been trick-or-treating since I was probably about twelve. It was so nice to be a kid again and trade candy with all the kids at the end of our neighborhood journey.
Living away from family while going to college has really shown me the importance of family. Though I was not with my own blood family for the holiday, I felt like a part of Taylor’s. Being around people who truly love and care for each other is such a breath of fresh air. In the bustle of constant school and work, I tend to get too caught up in myself. That Halloween night really reminded me of what I value in life: family. Thanks to Taylor’s family, I had a safe and fun-filled night full of laughter and good times. It was a good break from crazy Waikiki!