By Noahlani Siaosi
Ka La staff writer
I can truly say that this year has been a journey for me.
I remember coming to Hawaii and not knowing anyone. When I started at Honolulu Community College, I was one of those kids who came straight to school and went right back home. I had no friends on campus and my experience was not that great. It was not until I got tired of working off campus and commuting to school that all this changed.
I applied at Student Life & Development and got hired a week later. I quit my off campus job to begin a new chapter in my life, working on the campus. I must say, it was nerve-wrecking when I started at SLD. This job requires you to be social, and at that time, I was closed off. I had just lost my mom and things were hard for me. But it was through this job that I net- worked and made lasting connections with people that I never would have if I had not worked there.
Working there also helped me to become a part of Ka La. I found another love I never knew I had, and that love is writing. This year, I have tried and experienced new things. I recently competed in a debate tournament; I completely hate debating, but my team won all of our debates and I took home the top speaker award.
It’s going to be hard to leave this place.
I also got selected to sing the national anthem again this year at graduation, but what is even more special is that, this year I am graduating. I decided to try something different for the anthem, so come out to graduation if you want to hear it.
I have really grown being at this school. I used to feel all alone, but now HonCC has become a family to me. I have made so many friendships here; it is so amazing. I have become so attached that it is going to be hard for me to leave this place.
This fall, I will be starting a new chapter at Manoa pursuing a social work degree. I can honestly say that here at HonCC, I have truly experienced the ultimate college experience. So keep pushing, get involved, and most of all, enjoy life; it is too short! Eleanor Roosevelt put it best when she said,
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.