Student: Everette Ganir
High School: Pahoa
UH Hilo Major: Computer Science, Dorrance Scholar
I attended Pahoa schools from kindergarten until the beginning of my senior year of high school and graduated from Keaau High. This was due to the lava flow threat at that time, where all students had to be transferred for safety reasons.
I am currently a computer science major though I had started as a math major. During my orientation week there was a career fair where I was able to learn more about UH Hilo’s computer science program and its offerings. After learning how similar computer science was to math, since it involves a lot of problem solving, and all the career opportunities there are in comparison to math graduates I was convinced to switch my major. Even after such a short time within the computer science program, I am very excited about my future. I can see myself diving further into the world of technology and I hope to one day chase my childhood dreams of developing new technologies for photography, video games, web design, or anything related to the future advancements in technology.
I mainly chose to attend UH Hilo because I received the Dorrance scholarship, which requires that attendance at UH Hilo. It is a very beneficial scholarship; it provided me with 10,000 dollars a year to pay for my college expenses such as my tuition, fees, books and other supplies, and my living expenses. It also gives me many opportunities during the summer to gain hands on experience in various areas of study while earning credits. In order for me to have been awarded this scholarship I, most importantly, had to be a first generation college student in my family. I also had to fill out their application, write an essay, and be interviewed by the provider of this scholarship. I am very happy to have heard of this scholarship through one of the many scholarship presentations I heard about in high school. Thanks to this scholarship I can start my college journey on the right foot and really focus on my studies.
In spite of the fact that I was required to attend UH Hilo I am very glad to be having this experience here at home. Not only is it cheaper, but it is where my family is, it is where my friends are, and it is simply where home is for me. I had thought about going away for college, but when I visited the mainland, it was such a cultural shock and I realized how difficult it would be for me to move there. I am grateful to be attending UH Hilo; the great instructors make you feel even more at home. They are so approachable and you can tell that they really care about your success. It is these aspects that create a magnificent learning environment and I look forward to the rest of my educational journey here at UH Hilo.