New Student Group Feels Ohana Spirit at Honolulu Campus

Contributed by Aaron Nunez, PhD, Department Chair, Business and General Education

Top (L to R): Students Palesitina Petaia, Anetone Anetone; Graduate Tiaina Eneliko. Middle (L to R): Mentors Nuie Semaia, Brenda Tac-an, Faleata Maugata. Bottom (L to R): Students Niualama Hema, Tafaifoe Vagai, Perelini Iese.

Top (L to R): Students Palesitina Petaia, Anetone Anetone; Graduate Tiaina Eneliko. Middle (L to R): Mentors Nuie Semaia, Brenda Tac-an, Faleata Maugata. Bottom (L to R): Students Niualama Hema, Tafaifoe Vagai, Perelini Iese.

Editor’s Note: Our heartfelt thoughts are with our friends in Hawai’i as they prepare for Hurricanes Iselle and Julio.

On July 17, 2014, the Honolulu Campus held a special orientation for its new students who have come all the way from American Samoa, which is about halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean and is roughly 2,600 miles away from Hawaii, which lies to the northeast.

Students from Samoa have to go through the process of enrolling like every other student at Remington College, but beyond that, they must also acclimate to a new culture and new surroundings in Hawaii.

This special orientation gave students a chance to see the campus, which most students are able to do during their application phase, and visit downtown Honolulu for the first time. As part of the orientation, the students met their student mentors, who will help them transition to the campus and to the island.

The student mentors are also from Samoa and came to Hawaii and Remington College a year ago themselves. After a year of hard work resulting in exemplary grades and attendance, the student mentors are now in a great position to share their wisdom and experiences with new students to help them succeed during their all-important first quarter.

Student mentors are an important part of making all of our students at the Honolulu Campus feel like part of our Ohana, or family. In addition to the student mentors for our Samoan students, other student mentors help each new student in every one of our programs. In this way, all new students have someone who is there to provide encouragement and support.

As Dr. Nunez and everyone at our Honolulu Campus says, “Ohana means family, and family means that no one gets left behind!”

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