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Cost of living and the general duties of living on your own. I appreciate my parents for teaching me a few of the basic necessities as I grew up, but many college students I've met have learned to do laundry, cook, and clean bathrooms out of necessity. I'm truly amazed by the amount of non-functional adults that attend college, and I wish students were better equipped with the education to be functional citizens at home and in society.

Michael Taylor '17

University of Hawaii at Hilo

Political Science & Administration of Justice | Japanese Studies Minor

Michael Coloma Taylor is a PCHS Class of 2017 graduate. Michael is a Political Science and Administration of Justice double major at the University of Hawaii at Hilo with a minor in Japanese Studies. He plans to pursue certificates in Pre-Law, Public Policy, and International Politics. With his degrees, Michael plans to either practice law, go into teaching, or participate in local and national governance.

Other Advice/Information

I have a few, haha. I advise students to always seek new opportunities rather than waiting on them to come to you– that's how I've gotten published, flown out to Washington DC for free, and many other things.

Take classes seriously, especially at smaller universities like UHH; professors want you to be engaged and they want you to enjoy their course, if you're struggling to understand something all you have to do is talk to them, they'll be more than happy to help.

Lastly, take as much classes as you can in your first few semesters. Because I've done this, I only have 3 required courses in my last 2 semesters, and I am still graduating in 4 years and I'm actually able to take courses that I would never have the time to take otherwise, like ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi from Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani the UHH College of Hawaiian Language.

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