Blucy Jack, Inspiring Marshallese Student

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Jan 292016
 

Pacific Students Media presents…

Blucy Jack, is a Marshallese transfer student currently attending University of Hawaii at Hilo, majoring in Administrative Justice and minoring in Women Studies. Blucy participated in the Pacific Islander Summer Bridge Program 2015.

Blucy grew up in Ailinglaplap island and also has roots from the islands of Jabot, Ailuk, and Jaluit in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Blucy graduated from Marshall Islands High School in 2011, and College of the Marshall Islands in 2015 with an Associate’s Degrees in Liberal Arts.

Blucy’s short-term goal at the moment, as a student far from her home island, is to graduate with her Bachelor’s.  Her long-term goal is to graduate and return home to give back to her home and family.

Ever since she was a kid, she’s had many people who have inspired her, especially her parents.  They provided her with words of wisdom while others such as family and friends worked hard for their job in the Marshalls, giving her a good example of what she needed to do.

“First I want to give thanks to my parents who have watched over me ever since I was young.  For if it was not for them, I would have not existed at this very moment as they’re watching this video.  I want to tell them I said ‘Hi.’

Never give up.  And especially fear God, as it states in our Bible, fearing God is the beginning of wisdom.  Everyday we need to pray and give thanks to the Lord.  Not only these but when we have a goal, as I know we students have goals, I want us to not give up but to keep striving forward.  We will make it!”

Blucy Jack

What stood out…  People who inspired her.  She mentioned that her parents did so by giving her words of advice but the one thing that really stood out was the fact that she was really inspired by friends who work back home after graduating from colleges.  She said that she wants to do the same, finish college and head back home to work.  This stands out to me the most because it goes on to show that she is really focused on accomplishing her goals of finishing school and head back home to give back to her home island and community. Also for the fact that she’s putting up a good example for students back home thinking of pursuing college after high school.  After hearing these, it gave me the feeling that she is embarking on a path towards success and she’s ready for it.

Calvin Myazoe, Producer, Pacific Students Media

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Staphenie Leyarofebung, Aspiring Yapese Educator

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Jan 252016
 

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Staphenie Leyarofebung is a graduate of Yap Catholic High School. She is a student of University of Hawaii at Hilo, majoring in Education and is a member of Wa’ab Student Organization. Staphenie also participated in the Pacific Islander Summer Bridge Program 2015.

Staphenie is from the Outer Islands of Yap but she considers herself a Yap Proper girl because she was born and raised there.  She chose Education because in Yap, education is an issue that needs to be improved.  Staphenie realized education was important when she attended Yap Catholic High School, a private Jesuit school in Yap.

Her mom is her inspiration despite her being not educated.  She wanted the best for Staphenie so that she could go on to get her education and obtain a job, something she didn’t have from her generation.  Staphenie didn’t think college and traveling to other places was an option due to the challenges involved.  YCHS and her mom changed her views on that.

Staphenie wants to fulfill her mom’s wishes and cares deeply for her.  She wants her mother to be proud of her.

I want to thank all my classmates, the Twelve Disciples for being there for me, pushing me forward.  I’m the girl known for not doing her homework, and they’re always there to remind me of my homework.  And I also wanted to thank my parents, my siblings, even though I’m always the pain in their bottom.  And they don’t give up on me because they care for me, they have unconditional love for me.

Life is hard but you just have to live through it and strive forward.  Try your best to achieve your goals.  And life is not fair but that’s how it is.  Just come to college, it’s fun.

Staphenie Leyarofebung

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Zachary Tman, Student Speaker – UH Hilo Fall 2015 Commencement

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Jan 182016
 

Pacific Students Media presents…

Zachary Tman of Yap, gives the student speech at the UH Hilo Fall 2015 Commencement including highlights of Pacific Islander graduates.

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The Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC) at UH Hilo

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Jul 222015
 

Welcome to the Pacific Islander Student Center (PISC), the “home away from home” for students at UH Hilo from the Pacific Island regions Samoa, RMI, FSM, Palau, Guam, CNMI, as well as students of Pacific islander ethnicities who are US citizens, US nationals, or permanent residents who grew up outside of the islands. We have a team that oversees the services, programs, and resources to facilitate your success. We hope to see you at any of our upcoming events.

http://hilo.hawaii.edu/pisc/

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Summer Saunder’s Cherished Memories

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Aug 072014
 

Summer Saunders, Palauan student at University of Hawai’i at Hilo, reminisces on her experiences at UH Hilo and her new life away from home. Program Assistant for the Pacific Islander Summer Bridge 2014.

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Paige Blelas’ Dedication to Her Mother

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Aug 072014
 

Paige Blelas, Palauan student attending University of Hawai’i at Hilo. Paige thinks back on life-long lessons learned from her mother. Program Assistant to the Pacific Islander Summer Bridge 2014.

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Jacob Kom’s Lessons Learned

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Aug 062014
 

Jacob Kom, Chuukese student attending University of Hawai’i at Hilo majoring in Business Administration, reflects on mistakes, missed opportunities but most importantly of all, lessons learned from his freshman year in college.  Graduate of Xavier High School.

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Akuila Smau Honors Dad As Hero

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Aug 062014
 

Akuila Smau, Palauan student attending University of Hawai’i at Hilo dedicates her success to her father.  Akuila is also the Resident Assistant for the Pacific Islander Summer Bridge 2014 and assistant at UH Hilo’s Financial Aid Office.

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Sean-Michael Canterro: Pohnpei Club President

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Jun 252014
 

Meet Sean-Michael Canterro, hard-working father from Pohnpei currently attending University of Hawai’i at Hilo.  He’s currently aiming to graduate and work towards his Master’s, after which he hopes he will be able to return home for his son and join the Conservation Society of Pohnpei.

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