Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Leaders

Chaminade University of Honolulu is an interesting place. Sitting adjacent to St. Louis High School in Kaimuki, Chaminade has a very traditional-looking campus with a not-so-traditional focus on entrepreneurship.

I was asked by an instructor, Danielle Lum, to visit her communications class and talk about… blogging! Really? Me? Gulp! Okay, I can do that. I think everybody’s blogging pal, Ryan Ozawa, was the one who dropped a note to let people know Danielle was looking for someone. I can only hope that I wasn’t a disappointment.

Let’s put it this way, I wasn’t too pleased with myself. Between tax time and three or four other things pulling on my time (and my mind), I wasn’t prepared like I wanted to be, or like I should have been. The delay between blog posts around here for the past several weeks is indicative of that!

Anyway, I am very glad I was able to visit with these students — it had an unexpected impact on me. I was at least able to tell them some important things that I have learned — to not look to make money blogging, to write consistently with passion, and that when your start your business (not if, but when), a blog should accompany your business’ website.

Chaminade Sign

These are things that have struck me over recent months and I was happy to share them! I was lucky enough to have their instructor there to ask pointed questions and open the way for conversation. It opened things up for some of the students to ask questions too. Those questions actually reminded me of things I wanted to say. I was nervous, I admit that. They were cool!

Communications Class at Chaminade

It was exciting to see these young people on their journey of higher learning! The interpersonal relationship with their instructor was interesting to observe. The rapport that the students had with Ms. Lum created a nice relaxed atmosphere that, I believe, is more conducive to the learning process.

Chaminade University does have the traditional classes for the traditional areas of study but it also takes pride in its pre-professional programs. The atmosphere of higher learning is very obvious and I feel very comfortable in saying that it is an institution that Honolulu should be proud of. I was humbled by the invitation and I remain humbled by the approach taken to the collegiate education being bestowed on these lucky students.

I don’t know who is the luckiest in this whole scenario but I need to send a huge “Mahalo!” out to Danielle Lum for having me, to her students for tolerating me, and to Chaminade for the opportunity to see a segment of our future!

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tim // Apr 17, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Awesome post! Thanks! Good luck with everything, and thanks again for stopping in to our class to chat!

  • 2 Evelyn // Apr 17, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Tim! Thank you! I really did enjoy talking story with you guys! 🙂

  • 3 Sheila // Apr 18, 2008 at 12:24 am

    That’s really neat that you got to do that! I’m glad the students got to hear from one of Hawaii’s finest bloggers.

  • 4 Evelyn // Apr 18, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Hey Sheila! 🙂 I’m sure you’ve noticed that it’s been a little quiet around here. I’ve been reading your stuff but not leaving a lot of comments… sorry about that too. Glad to see you and glad to be “talking” to everyone again!

  • 5 Sheila // Apr 18, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Yes, I sure have noticed it’s been quiet. We’ve missed you and we’re very glad to see you back!

  • 6 Evelyn // Apr 18, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Awww! Thank you, Sheila!

  • 7 HawaiiVacationGifts // Apr 18, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Hey I am back now also!! I have missed blogging and reading my two favorite blogs–Homespun Honolulu AND Go Visit Hawaii. Congratulations Evelyn on connecting with and preparing the next generation of future bloggers!

  • 8 Evelyn // Apr 19, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Hi HVG! Glad to see you back too! I was getting worried! I don’t know about having anything to do with preparation but they are certainly inspirational in their own right. 🙂

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