January 17, 2012
Everyone knows the feeling of a new semester… comparing book prices from the bookstore to Amazon, going to the business office to get parking permits, bus passes, and clear financial holds (ahhhh!), reconnecting with old friends, getting supplies on the cheap from Walmart, yes it’s definitely about to be a new semester!
Having only 4 classes Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the fall was awesome for that semester but definitely got me used to a more loose schedule. This time around, six classes and school everyday awaits me… But with graduation being only 11 months away I don’t have much room to draw anything out now. When you double major at Chaminade, you have to make sure all your upper division credits match up and you don’t “double dip”, or use certain upper division classes for more than one requirement. Needless to say, Academic Advising as seen a lot of me lately (thanks Curtis!) My first few weeks will be busy as I adjust to new classes, fit two part time jobs in, and stay active in CSGA and blogging! It gets to be a lot at times, but I figure why not do as much as I can while I’m still able to have a crazy schedule and still stay sane? Asher Roth said it best, I love college
This past weekend was relaxing having no work Friday and Martin Luther King, Jr. day off. One of my roommates’ parents was in town so we enjoyed spending time in the house and I was able to make it to the beach and gym twice. So now with a slightly darker shade of skin after a Northern California winter and a good pump from the weights, I’m ready to take on the Spring semester in full force! Until next time, shoots!
January 2, 2012
So it’s no new topic or surprise that this new year as a lot of uncertainties on how it will play out. The United States as a big general election this upcoming November, there’s plenty of domestic and international issues that could have several different outcomes, and then of course, the infamous December 21, 2012 of when some believe the world will end. But all negatives and farfetched predictions set aside, this year also means a lot to Chaminade’s class of 2012. Whether you’re graduating in May or December, the fact that graduation is at least a semester away is on students’ minds as they get ready for classes, internships, and what awaits them after college.
Personally for me, this year will serve as a year completing what I’ve been working on since first coming to Chaminade 4 years ago this August. However, 2012 will also set the stage for what my next chapter will be. As I start the spring semester I will be finishing applications for summer internships, which I believe whatever I get should point me in some sort of direction, either graduate school or a possible career after graduation. Ideally, I will get a paid internship that provides me with work experience for a certain field, and with that experience I can get a job and go to grad school at the same time. In August I will start my final semester at Chaminade, which will be bittersweet in turn; I will not be able to hold a position on Chaminade Student Government’s Executive board, something I’ve cherished since my sophomore year. I also will be looking at my final months in Hawaii, something I still can’t believe I was lucky enough to live through and take part of thanks to my Shortino Family scholarship I was granted in April 2008.
As far as resolutions go, I usually try not to bank too hard on any, you always hear about people making resolutions but never really stick with much past January of the new year. However, this year I do have a couple “2012 goals” to achieve. I want to have a fair balance between work and school; this semester my schedule allows for better work hours and adequate homework and study time as well. I’m staying determined and committed to the gym, I plan to make full use of the 24 Hour Fitness membership I’ve had for longer than I can account for performance wise. Lastly, I want to feel like I got the most out of my college experience, both at Chaminade and living in Hawaii, so I plan to get out and visit a couple neighboring islands before moving back to the mainland, and get the most out of the CUH experience during my final two semesters. So 2012 doesn’t mean the end of the world to me, it’s the end of the beginning of my adult life.
December 28, 2011
During my first week back, I didn’t feel like doing much except spending time with my siblings and my parents. It was interesting being 21 and able to have a drink with my dad at a restaurant, but at the same time seeing my sibling at 17, 13, and 11 took a little adjusting time to get used to. My family always waits until the week before Christmas to get the tree, and on the 18th we picked a big Douglas Fir tree to be our living room centerpiece for the holidays. My mom always decorates the tree with lights and the star, and then us kids usually do the ornaments. By time it was done our tree looked as good as ever, and the Christmas spirit definitely drifted through the house.
One of the things I really liked about this Christmas was being able to get everyone in my house at least two things for Christmas. My dad, brother, and one of my sisters got clothes from PacSun, my other sister got jewelry from Claires and a warm hat, and my mom got stuff from Bath and Body Works. My sisters got me a couple shirts and I got money from my parents, but overall this Christmas was definitely about being with family and enjoying time spent at home rather than material things. I was happier to give than receive this Christmas season, just another reminder of how much growing up I’ve done since my freshman year of college.
I still have a couple weeks left in Cali before heading back to the islands, and 2012 is right around the corner as I write this. While I enjoy being home with family and watching the NFL playoff games, I know the relaxation will come to end all to soon as I start the Spring semester January 17, and start applying for summer internships, part-time jobs, and graduation clearance for next December.
November 18, 2011
It’s that time in the semester again! Every semester, Chaminade’s Campus Ministry Program puts on the Awakening Retreat, a three-day weekend event held off-campus at a retreatant-exclusive location where it’s all about fun, faith, and family. Open registration usually starts the first or second Friday of each semester with the Campus Ministry ice cream social in the loo.
Fall 2011′s Awakening Retreat takes place Friday, November 18 – Sunday November 20. I know at 13 weeks into the semester, I’m definitely ready for the weekend retreat for a little break away from campus and to refocus before the dreaded finals
November 7, 2011
On Friday, October 21, CSGA hosted the second town hall meeting within the past two semesters. The main purpose of the town hall meeting is for CSGA as the leading student organization on campus to hear what students at CUH have to say about issues ranging from academic affairs, to student welfare, to residential life. As I serve as the Vice-President of Internal Affairs on the executive board, I introduced the exec board to the crowd of roughly 50-60 students gathered in teh Loo center during the lunch hour and let each of the board members head a topic related to their area of responsibility on the board.The Executive Board of CSGA is formed by the President, Executive Vice-President, VPs of Internal Affairs, Finance, Communication, and Programming, and the Chair of the House of Representatives. Each school year, the Executive board leads the CSGA in all aspects, and serves as the face and voice of the CSGA. Students at this past Town Hall Meeting raised concerns for the parking situation on campus, with an overall request that the system be a little more flexible for commuter students as far as parking passes, gate times, and ticket procedures. Student Commuter Senator Nathaniel Enriquez stated, “For commuters, things can always come up last minute. If one car breaks down or is inaccessible for a particular day, there’s no guarantee you can bring an alternative car to school temporarily without getting fined for not having a parking sticker.” Associate Dean of Students Allison Jerome stated that in the past there was more leniency with parking permits, but the University found overall too many people weren’t paying for the parking permits so they moved to registration-like stickers to go on back bumpers or windows of students’ cars. Many students still felt this was an issue that needs further attention, and the CSGA student Senate will be working on a way to make the parking situation a little more appealing to students. Another hot topic among students was the Athletic event attendance, or lack thereof, that Chaminade seems to be gathering lately. The Town Hall took place just as Mens and Womens Soccer, Womens Volleyball, and The Co-ed Cross Country Teams were coming to an end in their seasons. Many students felt that there could have been much more done to get attendance at these sporting events, primarily the Soccer and Volleyball games that take place right on campus at St. Louis Field and in McCabe Gym. With the upcoming basketball season just about to begin, students are skeptical about attendance for the Winter/Spring games. Student and Resident Assistant Dyon Auguste felt strongly on this subject. “A lot of students feel there’s just no incentive to go. Make it more engaging, promote it, have events prior to the start time of games, involve the athletes themselves so they feel connected.” As with the rest of the meeting, the Exec board was busy taking notes and hearing all students’ complaints, questions, and concerns. Executive Vice-President Ryan Santos was busy on his iPad jotting down ideas to bring up to the Senate and tabulating a list of concerns for evaluation within the board. “As chair of the Senate and the Student Welfare Committee, it’s my job to ensure that you, the students, are getting the most out of Chaminade,” Santos described. “We pay to be here, we are privileged to spend our education at this beautiful campus, WE are Chaminade. Through events like these, you can let your voice be heard so that we as CSGA can address and serve your student needs.”
The 55 minutes allotted to the meeting came and went very fast, but even the short amount of time, a lot was said and heard. CSGA has been working over the past few weeks to address the concerns of students and come up with an effective plan for the Spring 2012 semester. Where there’s a will, there’s a way; the student’s have the will for an improved campus life, CSGA has the way.
October 4, 2011
CHEEEEEEEEHOOOOOOOOOOOO!! What a night! Since the beginning of the Fall semester, CSGA has been working around the clock on the 2nd annual IRIE-Connect concert at Chaminade, featuring local bands Nesian N.I.N.E. and The Green. While it definitely took a lot of planning and organizing, along with the major dedication and help from the Programming Board, Saturday night brought many to the Library Lawn to skank the night away to the two popular groups.Starting at 6 PM, the MCs Tawnee and Diana welcomed student to the IRIE concert, which this year allowed all CUH students one guest from out of Chaminade. Members of the Marianas club were readily BBQ-ing at the top of the hill for guests, and after a few short activities, Nesian N.I.N.E. took the stage at 6:30 PM, playing roughly an hour and a half, giving Chaminade the reggae and R&B sounds of “Be Your Man”, “Show Me”, “Sweet Island Breezy”, and others from their “Press Play” album. You could definitely feel the energy from the crowd as most people showed up by 7:30, filling the Library Lawn and surrounding area.
After a few “gimme-gimme” games by the MCs, a brief message from the CSGA Exec Board and other campus organizations, the crowd welcomed the highly anticipated performance of The Green, who played tracks from their upcoming Album “Ways and Means”, including the popular “Love & Affection”. The Green played from 8:30 to roughly 10 pm, with the crowd getting the full effect of the laser lights, glow sticks, and fog machine, all set up by CSGA and Programming Board.The second IRIE concert was definitely a success, as a student I definitely felt that it exceeded expectations and had a little more energy and spirit in it than last year’s IRIE concert, this is definitely something that will become a tradition at Chaminade for years to come; as CSGA VP Ryan Santos said himself, “it’s events like these that make you proud you go to Chaminade.”