By studying the many aspects of America, I have deepened my understanding of this country’s history and culture, and how America’s unique dynamic operates domestically and internationally. Today, I travel the US every week to help in “green” the fast food industry. Since graduation, I’ve been to New York, Virginia, Toronto, all over California, Texas, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, and many other cities and states. I like to think that one of the only reasons I got my job is because I decided to get my degree in American Studies, however weird that may be.”
I was non-traditional student who returned to school at the University of Hawai’i after moving to Honolulu from Florida. I have always been interested in history and culture, but I wanted a contemporary edge to these interests; the American Studies Department curriculum offered this perfect combination. For my senior capstone project, I have chosen to analyze the commemoration of Hawai’i’s 50th anniversary of statehood. This project involves an investigation of Hawai’i’s history, Native Hawaiian issues such as land rights and sovereignty, and how statehood has benefited, or not benefited, the people of Hawai’i. After graduation, I hope to attend graduate school on the east coast and pursue a career in education.
The best thing I did during my time at UH was randomly sign up for an American Studies course. Dedicated professors and TAs, small class sizes, and interesting, as well as diverse course contexts, inspired and motivated me to become an active and engaged student and citizen. The department provides many unique opportunities to all of its students – by working closely with two American Studies professors, I was able to participate in an internship with Governor Abercrombie’s Policy office my senior year. Since graduating Spring 2011, I have found work as a legal assistant and volunteer with Hospice while I prepare myself for future graduate school studies.