Megan Medeiros

“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~Wayne Gretzky.
Attending the University of Hawaii at Hilo to me, means taking a risk. A risk to follow my dreams, and potentially lose everything I’ve worked towards. Aloha, my name is Megan Medeiros, I am from Hana Maui and this is my story.

I am a 20 year old college student (21 in October) going on my 4th year of college. Seems pretty normal right? Not really. I am a transfer student from University of Hawaii at Manoa. Many people ask “why would you do that?” My answer seems simple, “I’m following my dreams,” but the risk is much more deep than that.

For the past 3 years, I’ve been at UH Manoa. I was a part of a community service based Sorority, BBG with sister’s I love dearly. I was the president of Rise! a Christian group on the Campus, with Brothers and Sisters who’ve always been there for me. I’ve had 2 wonderful jobs, one at UHM’s Athletic Facilities as well at UHM’s Student Housing as a Resident Advisor. I’ve had Full tuition paid (since Freshman year) through a Native Hawaiian Scholarship called Kua’ana. On top of full tuition being paid, I had free housing, a free meal plan and a stipend through my RA job as well as money from my 2nd job. I wasn’t one for change and grew very comfortable with my luxurious lifestyle. I had the best life a college student could ask for!

Why the risk? The risk of possibly not getting scholarships to pay my schooling, no guarantee at a job, the risk of being in debt from loans (never had to take one before), the risk of not having many friends in a place I am not too farmiliar with as well as might not even like and having to start over to build a new life. Why the haphazard risk? …

“To follow my dreams.” A dream to play collegiate volleyball. A dream that only UH Hilo could fulfill. A chance that Head Coach Tino Reyes has offered me. UH Hilo is my risk at “shooting for the moon, so I may at least land amongst the stars.”