Kawehi Cabuzel: what the Paubox Kahikina STEM Scholarship means to me

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A word from one of this year’s recipients, Kawehi Cabuzel

Kawehi just finished his first year at UFC studying economics.

I want to thank Paubox for this opportunity. It’s been an amazing year, and without you guys, it would be a much harder time for my parents, so thank you so much.”

Kawehi Cabuzel:

Thank you! I appreciate my scholarship a lot.

Here are some updates on my school year during my first year at USC. It’s been an amazing year.

Obviously, there are pros and cons, but overall it’s been a good experience in terms of academics. I still think I’m going to pursue an economics degree and study.

The first year was a little slow and wasn’t the most interesting, but I realize you need the foundational information before moving on to something more specialized. There have been some good classes like oceanography. I enjoyed my writing class for the first time in my life too.

School has been great, and I joined the rowing team for clubs. The rowing club is a lot of hard work. We wake up early every day. We have regattas on the weekends, so I’m pretty busy, but I’ve met amazing people through that group, and it’s been an awesome time with them struggling to work out and traveling long distances to race for five minutes! It’s just been a fantastic time over the year.

I’ve surprisingly gained interest in other things, such as agriculture and mariculture, but unfortunately, there aren’t many studies for those at USC. It’s more of a science and business-based school, but there are a couple of minors that might help me pursue those interests.

I’ve found this interest in sustainably growing your own food and being more conscious of where you get your food. So, I just started a garden in my backyard this summer and it’s been fun and interesting.

You find out you can do things for cheap that are otherwise expensive, so it was a good lesson. I’ve also been diving to reduce how much I buy. I don’t buy groceries now, but you know I want to limit what I consume in the future.

School has been great. Finding a minor is difficult. I’m not sure whether I should find something that accompanies my economics interest or something that branches off and follow something completely random.

Still, there are so many options for me it’s hard to pick sometimes, but I’m looking forward to this coming year at USC. I’m not sure where it’ll take me, but I’m sure it’ll be somewhere I’m happy.

I want to thank Paubox for this opportunity. It’s been an amazing year, and without you guys, it would be a much harder time for my parents, so thank you so much. I hope you all have a good year and hope to see you soon!

 


About the Paubox Kahikina STEM Scholarship

The primary objective of the Paubox Kahikina STEM Scholarship is to encourage Native Hawaiians to pursue careers in computer science and software development.

The Paubox Kahikina STEM Scholarship is recurring in nature. In other words, recipients receive $1,000 per year until they graduate (5 years maximum).

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