Q1. What is your name and what is your title?
“Eric Mizomi, Educational & Academic Support Specialist for the UH Manoa Outreach Program on Maui.”
Q2. Where were you born? Where were you raised?
“Born, Honolulu, Hawaii 1972.” “Raised, Maui, 1973 to present.”
Q3. What is your educational background?
“Bachelor of Arts in Communication, 1997, University of Hawai’i at Manoa.”
Q4. What drew you to work for the University of Hawai’i?
“Previous employment was in the front-line retail sector with companies such as Miko foods of Hawaii (shortly after high school), Longs drugs, and lastly Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. I had been considering getting out of retail to do something different and then I received word about my current position’s availability. I applied for it, fortunate to get it and here I am.”
Q5. How long have you been working with the University Center, Maui?
“Continuously since December 2005 when I became the current assistant for UH Manoa Outreach College Maui Office. However, back in 2001 and going into 2002, I did have part-time paraprofessional position with the UH Center counselor, Colleen Shishido.”
Q6. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
“Meeting the people of the UH Community; from the students, I get to meet each day as they struggle on their academic journey; to Faculty and Staff for their wisdom and guidance in helping me find answers to questions I have.”
Q7. Do you have any advice for students wishing to transfer into one of your programs?
“The B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies program does require some planning and discipline on the part of the student given that the very nature is a “design-your-own”. Hence, keeping regular contact with the UH Manoa Outreach Maui office is recommended to reduce the chance of getting sidetracked during the academic journey.”
Q8. Do you have any advice for future college students?
“Perhaps, treat your college experience with responsibility and balance. While your studies should be treated seriously, do take moments to experience life outside the classrooms and study halls. It’s often that too much of any one thing is no good – college is treated no differently.”