Ken Hamanaka (Japan)
Alumnus (Summer 2010)
Currently Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Lycoming College, PA
Graduated from West Virginia University
After graduation I attended West Virginia University with the goal of becoming a head manager for the men’s basketball program. I graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Athletic Coach Education in May 2013, and was offered a job as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Lycoming College. I am using my Optional Practical Training (OPT) visa to stay in the U.S. with the hopes of continuing to advance in my chosen profession.
This path that I have taken all began when I started HTIC five years ago. When I arrived in Hawaii, I had not had any exposure to the English language. When I found myself involved in conversations with others who spoke the language, it was very difficult to follow. It was in this first year that I began to question my decision to challenge myself, and whether I had made the right decision to leave my homeland. The faculty and staff at HTIC were really supportive of my entire college life in Hawaii, but it was in this first year that I truly began to recognize my potential as not only a student, but a human being. They encouraged me to get involved in extra-curricular activities like the student government. Most importantly, while I was there, I was able to find my passion, and that is something that has led me to my career choice, and enabled me to become the coach, mentor, and professional I am today. I would not be where I am today without the dedicated professionals at HTIC. It allowed me to get started on what I hope to be a long and prosperous career in my field of choice. I could not be where I am today without the support and dedication of the entire community at HTIC. I am truly blessed to be a part of such a great organization. If you are looking to developing English speaking skills that can prepare you for a four year university in the United States, HTIC is the place to be!
唐澤あゆみ （日本） 予科
Ayumi Karasawa (Japan) College Preparatory Program
My English skills have improved by living in Hawaii, where the culture is completely different from Japan. Unlike the typical classroom style in Japan, the size of the classes are kept small at HTIC (average of ten students per class) to encourage active student participation and interaction. In addition to being highly professional, all of the instructors instruct with great care and always look out for the students. Since most students live in HTIC’s student dormitory, we can spend a lot of time together to do homework or prepare for presentations. There are many opportunities to practice English in Hawaii. Since Americans are generally very friendly towards strangers, it gives me the opportunity to further improve my English communication skills by actively engaging in conversations with them or by participating in local volunteer activities. I believe that my experience in Hawaii and HTIC will help me in fulfilling my goal of becoming a global citizen.
川島 望 （日本） 予科
Nozomi Kawashima (Japan) College Preparatory Program
Entering HTIC is going to change your life. When I was in Japan, I was searching for a “trigger” that could change my life. During this journey, I became reaware of the fact that I only live once. Through this realization, I decided to explore things that I can only do while I am young. This is why I decided to move to Hawaii to study. Since arriving here, I have been learning many things that I could have not learned in Japan. One of the things that I have been learning is to speak English more effectively and to better communicate with people from the United States. I have also been learning about accepting other cultures that are different from my own. I am not only learning these things from textbooks and teachers, but also from people I come across in town, my friends and people all around me. If you are considering enrolling at HTIC, I believe that it will be a great opportunity that could change your life.
Cammie Brumblay, (USA) Liberal Arts Program
キャミー・ブランブレイ （米国） 本科
“Hawaii Tokai International College is not your ordinary college, and that is exactly why I chose it. The class sizes are small, and this allows you to not only get to know your fellow students on a personal level, but your teachers as well. The environment at HTIC is very welcoming and safe, and the faculty and staff as well as the students are friendly. While student life may cause stress, the student government at HTIC schedules a student outing each semester, allowing the students to relax and converse with each other. HTIC has provided me with many skills that I believe I would not have been able to learn anywhere else.”
Sunwoo Kim, (South Korea) Liberal Arts Program
キム・スンウ （韓国） 本科
Before I came to HTIC from Korea, I was majoring in Japanese since I like learning languages and cultures of various countries. I found myself getting frustrated, however, since there were not enough opportunities to practice Japanese or English outside of the classroom. Now at HTIC, I have plenty of opportunities to practice Japanese and English on a daily basis. The small classroom style makes it easy to participate in class and freely express my opinions. After school, I can practice Japanese with my Japanese classmates and learn about the Japanese culture from them. There are also plenty of opportunities to become a part of the local community through volunteer programs and other community activities. If you have a dream of discovering your career abroad, the most important step is to make the decision to study overseas. When you take the first step, I believe that you will be able to meet friends who will encourage you and share your dreams at HTIC.