NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- During the month of May, women's soccer players Paige Hewitt and Lily Herman headed to Hawaii with the Belmont Study Abroad program. During their time on Oahu, the Belmont group explored the islands and learning about the cultural and economic dimensions of the Asia/Pacific region. Paige and Lily recently talked to BelmontBruins.com about their experience in our 50th State.
Where did you study abroad this summer?
Paige and Lily: Hawaii -- University of Hawaii at Manoa
What classes did you take?
Paige: Cultural Pluralism, Economic Geography, Third-Year Writing, Third-Year Religion
Lily: Cultural Pluralism, Junior Cornerstone Religion, and Third Year Writing
What was your favorite memory?
Paige: Renting mopeds for a week and being able to explore the island and zip through the city constantly on them!
Lily: My favorite memory is when Paige and I rode our mopeds out to Lanikai and hiked the Tom-Tom Trail.
Is there a specific place that you would go back and visit? If so, where and why?
Paige: The Spitting Caves - it was the most beautiful place I have ever been. The way the waves crashed on the cliffs was amazing. Lily and I went at sunset, which made it that much better.
Lily: North Shore of Oahu! It is beautiful, has amazing beaches, and is a great escape from downtown Waikiki
What was the thing that surprised you the most about the culture and surroundings?
Paige: The lack of knowledge that the average American has on the history of Hawaii - specifically the annexation of it.
Lily: I was honestly very unaware of how urban Honolulu is, it is like a tropical New York City.
How was the food? What was your favorite meal?
Paige: The food was decent and very similar to typical American cuisine. I loved how there was an abundance of healthy places to eat around the island.
Lily: The food was great! My favorite thing to eat in Hawaii was all the fresh fruit.
Would you recommend other Belmont student-athletes (or students) go on this trip?
Paige: Definitely!! It was an incredible experience & you really felt like you were a local by the end of the trip. Also, the professors that lead this Maymester were great! Would highly recommend.
Lily: Definitely! It is great first "study abroad" program for those who have never done one before (no exchange of money or language barriers). The teachers are awesome, the classes are very fun and Hawaii is beautiful.