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Last year I was fortunate enough to have received an offer for an internship at London’s NME magazine. As an English major with a passion for music and media, this was a dream come true. Naturally, I was nervous, so this past week I decided to take a short trip to London in order to familiarize myself with the area beforehand, to avoid the extra stress of acclimation.
The first thing I learned about England’s “Big Smoke” is that safety is key. London, like most cities, can be dangerous if you’re not cautious and fully aware of your surroundings. To avoid unpleasant situations, it’s best to thoroughly research the area that you’re staying in – what are the crime rates? what is the area known for? are there shops nearby that can provide what you need? Unfortunately for me, this was one mistake I made, and I ended up staying in an awful hostel where, during check-out, several uniformed police officers showed up in search of a convict who was rumoured to have been staying there (for future reference, avoid Willesden). However, I was fortunate enough to have been there with my boyfriend and to have seen just how awful the place was before committing to a stay there during my internship.
A few areas to note are Trafalgar Square (notorious for pickpockets and thieves), Brixton, and any other major tourist locations, as those with ill-intentions tend to lurk around for unsuspecting foreigners.
Another thing to keep in mind is that many places will only accept cash. It’s always best to keep your cash dispersed among your person – a few bills in your bag, as well as in your wallet (which should always be kept hidden and never in your back pocket) will help to prevent you from going broke in case you misplace one or the other.
Still, despite its crowds and smog, London is definitely a cultural hotspot and a must-see for anyone seeking the true British experience. I had a great time overall and I’m looking forward to returning as an intern in the spring.
– Terri, Social Media & Web Associate
Available to student interns majoring in Business and Economics at the UH Hilo, the newly endowed Fujimoto Family Scholarship provides a $500 fund to students in need. This year’s recipients William Lewis, Rissa Domingo, and Julia Jaitt, were honored at UH Hilo’s scholarship inauguration ceremony, held to honor both recipients and donors of local scholarships.
Robert Fujimoto, president of the family-run HPM Building Supply company, has provided $40,000 to the UH Hilo College of Business and Economics, and makes a point to reach out one-to-one with students within the program.
Click here to learn more about the Fujimoto Family Scholarship.
When I first arrived at the University of Birmingham, still dizzy from a 48-hour journey across the Atlantic, I was initially struck by the picturesque nature of the campus. With its ivy-covered buildings and monolithic clock tower (affectionately referred to as ‘Old Joe’), UoB gives off a distinct scholarly vibe, one that often invites comparisons to Harry Potter‘s Hogwarts. Needless to say, despite the beauty of the campus, I was a bit overwhelmed with how serious and sophisticated it all seemed. Here I was, 7,191 miles from home, and the friendly familiarity of UH Hilo was far behind me. While my first week was a bit rocky (I spent half an hour looking for a Shakespeare course located in the Physics department…) I managed to organize myself quite well eventually.
The study abroad experience is all-encompassing; if you haven’t already mastered the finer points of adulthood, a semester abroad will force these changes onto you with what I can only describe as ‘tough love’. While on one hand, you have the newfound freedom to order a pizza at 3 in the morning, you also have to suffer the consequences of living life alone – doing your laundry on time, eating something other than Oreos, and keeping up with your studies, all while making the most of the country you’re in. It can be daunting, but, at the end of the day, it’s worth it.
My semester is just beginning, and wintery England is proving to be an exciting challenge in many ways. Throughout the semester I will be writing a weekly post about my (mis)adventures and what I’ve learned along the way, for the benefit of any future study abroad participants.
— Terri Pinyerd, Social Media & Web Associate
Local Crisis Counselor Katie Copeskey has prepared three info session webinars to share more information about the Crisis Text Line to those interested in getting involved. Those interested can register to attend at the Crisis Text Line webinar information website.
Crisis Text Line provides free, nationwide, 24/7 support for people in crisis, all via text message by texting 741741. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely anywhere with a computer and secure internet connection. Crisis Counselors answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning. Apply to volunteer at crisistextline.org/volunteer, a new training starts every couple weeks!
To learn more about the program, visit the Crisis Text Line website.
an upcoming alumni event. School of Education co-chairs Dr. Michele Ebersole and Dr. Avis Masuda were kind enough to sit down with me to discuss these exciting developments.
An alumni event, to be held at the Imiloa Astronomy Center, is also in the works. Past generations of alumni will come together to reconnect, build community, and share and celebrate their experiences. Dr. Ebersole told me the one person who inspired her the most to become a teacher was her student teacher mentor, Mrs. Julie Lundquist, with whom she is still in contact. She made learning exciting and fun! Her classroom had a pet rabbit, a number a rats, and even a tarantula. According to Dr. Masuda, one of the most rewarding aspects of being a teacher is not knowing where and how you are making a difference in another’s person’s life.
HOW DO YOU BECOME A CRISIS COUNSELOR?
Step 1: Fill out the 30-minute application at crisistextline.org/volunteer
Step 2: Consent to a background check
Step 3: Complete the 34-hour web-based training
Step 4: Take your first shift and start changing lives! You will commit to volunteer 4 hours a week for one year. Volunteering can be done in 2 hour increments.
Learn skills. In 34 hours, you’ll walk away knowing active listening, collaborative problem solving, and crisis management. (These are skills that will help in your personal relationships too!)
Train & volunteer from anywhere. All you need is a computer and secure internet.
Oooh, impressive! Our Crisis Counselors highlight the training on their resumes when interviewing for jobs, applying to grad school, and building out their LinkedIn profile.
VOLUNTEER WORK THAT ENRICHES YOUR LIFE
Level up. Earn volunteer leadership positions. Get the first crack at Crisis Text Line internships and job openings. Gain access to special privileges, including discounts and gifts.
Hone your skills. Work alongside volunteers who are also social workers, therapists, and psychiatrists to sharpen your crisis counseling skills-while in your jammies, at home!
Feel supported. This is a community. We support each other. We are a big awesome family.
WE LOVE HAWAII
The late night hours are a peak time for crisis, so we’re actively building our community of Crisis Counselors in Hawaii given the amazing advantage of the time zone
READY TO VOLUNTEER?
APPLY HERE: crisistextline.org/volunteer
Questions? Email: email@example.com
In crisis? Text ALOHA to 741741 to chat with a trained Crisis Counselor for free, 24/7
Happy New Year!
Stuck picking a New Year’s resolution? Why not focus on your career development with our career resources page or apply to become a mentor or a mentee. Remember, what you do today makes a difference tomorrow, so start the year off making your dreams into your reality!
Terri Pinyerd is a senior English major at UH Hilo. With her writing experience and love of music, Terri hopes to pursue a career in music journalism and has recently obtained an internship at London’s NME magazine. Along with her work at ALEX, Terri works as a publicist and writer for UH Hilo’s Board of Student Publications and the UH Hilo English department. Outside of school, Terri loves to travel, attend concerts, study languages and botany, and play music.
As the semester comes to an end and the holiday season begins, you might find yourself in need of something to do. Fear not – the ALEX team has you covered! Check out the ALEX Career Resources page for our specially curated sources that are sure to check off a few of your to-dos. Whether you want to apply for a job, or just work on perfecting your cover letter, no task is too small. So prepare for the new year with ALEX!
Scott Meng has lived in Hilo since 2013, after moving from San Diego, California. He misses the fast pace of the city, but enjoys the elements of nature that can only be found in Hawaiʻi, such as the ocean and the lava landscapes found in Volcano National Park. A senior major in Finance and Management, Scott works with ALEX to compile a detailed and accurate annual report.