Trevor Hanson, a graduated marketing major from Utah, said the bonds he made with friends, devout teachers, and exploring all the cultures represented at BYU-Hawaii were the highlights of his college career.
“Honestly, the people that I met were absolutely the best thing that has happened to me in a long time. I don’t know if I have ever had this many good friends at one time in my while life,” Hansen explained.
Growing up in Utah and having attended Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, Hanson transferred to BYU-Hawaii for what he said was a positive experience. He explained, “I had a lot of teachers [here] whose number-one goal was to help me get real-world experience that would lead me to finding a super good job after graduating. Brother Earl especially went above and beyond to help me get in contact with employers and other people. Because of his [efforts], my future is going to be better.”
When asked what advice he had for students who are still studying, he said, “I would tell them to be super studious and try hard in school, but get outside of the library. There are so many awesome things to do here and it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of us to live in such a beautiful place.”
He added, “I took advantage of the setting of this school because this island is so beautiful. Also, one opportunity that I really took advantage of was networking with the teachers in the Business Department.” He said he even tried to get to know the professors he didn’t take any classes from. “I knew they would be great mentors who would help me to make the best decisions going forward into my career as well as help me build relationships with other influential people.”
Cami Garret, a sophomore from Utah studying political science, said, “Trevor has always been a good example because he tries hard in school and is really focused on graduation and finding a good job.”
There were also opportunities he said he wishes he would’ve taken advantage of, such as Culture Night. “I wish I would have participated because I would have loved to learn some of the dances. I think it would have been so cool to be a part of a cultural dance; especially a dance that is so important to my fellow students.” He added, “I also wish I would have done Empower Your Dreams, but I didn’t have time this year.”
Hanson also mentioned his time at BYU-Hawaii was a positive experience spiritually. He said, “It is cool to ride my bike to school and see the temple on the way to school. It is nice to be in a place where I have a lot of friends who have the same beliefs as me and who I can talk to about the gospel casually.”
Hansen’s roommate, Jordan Williams, a sophomore from New Zealand studying marketing and graphic design, said, “It was really nice to have Trevor as a roommate this semester. I knew him and hung out with him before, and he’s always been a really passionate and ambitious guy, someone who always holds his standards and goes after what he wants.”
When asked what his favorite place on the island was, he said, “[It] might not be the most beautiful place on the island, but I love Hukilau Beach. It feels like home, and it’s nice to go out at night and play in the waves and hang out in your backyard.”
Hanson said he had many good memories during his time at BYUH, but he said one that stands out “is when I got a really awesome wave [while surfing]. It was at Rockies and was a couple of feet over head. It was cool because I had never surfed before in my whole life, and to be able to drop in at a world-renowned spot was just so cool. I remember paddling for it, and I didn’t think I was going to get it. Somehow I dropped into it and rode it, and I didn’t think anyone saw it. But when I came up out of the water, my friend Conner was yelling for me with his hands up. It felt amazing.”