Meet your Extended Orientation Leaders!

Justin Collado


Hometown: Kahului, HI
Major: Secondary Education
Minor: Hawaiian
What words of wisdom or advice would you like to share with incoming UHM students?
Go out and meet new people! College is a great time to meet people from all different kinds of places and to make new friends along the way. I've met my closest friends here by chance, all because I decided to put myself out there. I also suggest that you meet with your academic advisor regularly (i.e. more than once per semester) to make sure you're on the right track. Not only are they a great resource themselves, they'll connect you to other great resources around campus!
What made you decide to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa?
I decided to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa because I knew that I wanted to be close enough to home where I can catch a flight for the weekend and still be far enough where I can have some independence. Coming from one of the Neighbor Islands, Oahu offers some familiarity to home while also offering some brand new opportunities that I wouldn't have otherwise. UH Manoa is honestly a perfect fit for me and I can't picture myself studying anywhere else.
Who is your hero and why?
Patsy T. Mink! As a someone from rural Maui, she showed that even someone from such a small place can change the world if they put their mind to it.


Hometown: Aiea, HI
Major: Art Studio and Mathematics
Minor: Filipino Language and Culture
If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
If I had any superpower, I would have the power to automatically get ready in the morning within a snap because it takes me about one hour to so.
What is your favorite college moment so far?
My favorite college moment has got to me this past school term because I got involved in various academia. I was able to socialize with many different people and make friends with many different students and do exciting activities with them. These experiences are truly what college is made of.
Where is your favorite place to eat on-campus and why?
My favorite place to eat on campus is probably the Campus Center Food Court. They give so many different varieties and options there so I always able to order something different every single time I am in there. My favorite from there is usually the Aja Bentos that they sell.

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Zoe Dym


Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Major: Sociology
Where is your favorite place to study on-campus and why?
Sinclair Library has many different study environments, so I dig that. There are quiet areas, places you can go if you want to study in a group, and some air conditioned rooms. It's opened 24/7 and you can eat in there, so if you ever want a quality place for some late-night studying, I highly recommend studying at Sinclair.
Where is your favorite place to eat on-campus and why?
If you're looking for quality pho, almond pudding, and sandwiches, go to Bale. They also have boba! They take meal swipes, so if you're on any kind of dinning plan, I suggest you spend that money at Bale.
What do you think is the greatest invention ever invented and why?
Tamagochi was dope. The world would be a lot more peaceful if we all just focused on keeping our Tamagochi's alive.


Hometown: Jackson, OH
Major: Astronomy and Business Management
What words of wisdom would you like to share with the parents and family members of incoming UHM students?
The only advice that I can give to parents and family members is that its rough leaving your kids several thousand miles away but it helps us become more independent. I have changed for the better after just my first year. It always helps to know that when you do have a problem, you can still call home.
What made you decide to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa?
I decided to attend UH when I discovered the impressive list of scientists they had in my major program (Astronomy). Also, I visited the school which sealed the deal. The campus was beautiful and filled with amazing people. I knew I was going to have a unique college experience at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa after my visit.
Is there anything else that we missed or you would want people to know about you?
I come from a rural, economically deprived area in southeastern Ohio. Most people that I graduated high school with will stay in that town or nearby for the rest of their lives. I didn't want that for myself so I went as far away as I could to see how I would do. To this day, I have never regretted coming all the way to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa!

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Jianna Orias


Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Major: Computer Engineering
What is your favorite college moment so far?
So far, my favorite college moment was being on the planning committee for the Society of Women Engineers' Pau Hana event. I loved collaborating with other people to make this event happen, and I really liked the fact that I felt involved in something important. The process of planning this event was fun, but at the end it was so much more worth it because I got to meet and talk story with engineering professionals.
What words of wisdom would you like to share with the parents and family members of incoming UHM students?
Keep in contact! Even if they say that they're a "big college student now", at the end of the day it doesn't hurt anyone to ask how their day went. College can be extremely stressful to new students, especially since it is a time of transition and readjustment. Every little encouragement and communication with your student might just help them cope and get through a stressful day.
What is a quote or mantra you like to live by?
"Don't try to rush things that need time to grow."



Hometown: Milillani, HI
Major: Biochemistry
What is the best class you have ever taken at UHM and why?
The best class I have ever taken at UHM was my Engineering Project class. I really learned so much and got to work with mechanical and electrical engineering majors from all years. We got to design and build a drone to participate in a nationwide competition. I really got to see what engineering was like from participating in this class.
What Registered Independent Organizations (RIOs) or Chartered Student Organizations (CSOs) are you involved with on-campus?
1. I am part of Colleges Against Cancer and the Pre-Dental Club. In College Against Cancer we organize UHM's Relay for Life event that we have every year on campus. Relay for Life is a fun event that a lot of students participate in to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
What are 3 goals on your bucket list?
1. Travel to Machu Picchu 2. Graduate 3. Get a good job

Tyler Okunami