UOG graduates share their journeys to graduating | New
The University of Guam recently awarded degrees to approximately 333 students and four graduates shared stories of their journeys through higher education.
Among the graduates, seven were members of the second cohort of the University of Guam School of Engineering, including Makisimino Veimau, 57, a single father with five adult children, grandchildren and a long career in engineering. construction and the army. .
Originally from Tonga, Veimau moved to California in the 70s where he had a construction business. And when the recession hit, Veimau and his family moved to Guam in 2010, where he would go back to school to earn a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UOG. He now plans to continue his work in Guam where he can use his skills specific to hydraulic systems to help improve Guam’s roads.
He hopes his accomplishments, even at his age, will inspire his grandchildren to pursue higher education.
Graduated with a degree in political science, Angelo Paule intends to impose himself in Washington.
Paule was accepted into Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, one of the top schools in the country with more former US diplomats than any other university.
He credits the University of Guam for being able to get into a school with such a prestigious reputation.
“Growing up some people used to think of UOG as a ‘plan B’, but I think getting into Georgetown shows that a UOG degree is as good as any other place – and that takes you to places like Georgetown,” Paule said.
Paule, an avid reader of maps and history books, was also very interested in travel and international affairs. So he honed his cross-cultural and leadership experiences in high school and continued to develop them in college as a student and as president of the UOG Student Government Association.
“I wanted to be someone who was exposed to all kinds of environments and people. Largely because of my love of history and politics, social studies, those areas, I wanted to potentially contribute to the country while doing this kind of work,” Paule said.
He hopes to bring the issues of Guam to the nation’s capital and wants to be a voice that brings awareness to all issues in the Micronesia region and hopes that his work and passion will inspire others to take the plunge and also bring more representation to Guam.
“I’m just one person, but at the same time, I believe I have something unique to offer, and I hope my story and my passion may inspire more people in Guam to come together. throw in the field.”
Paule will move to DC to begin her Master of Science in Foreign Service this fall and hopes to join the US Foreign Service.
MastersWhile Paule and Veimau earned their bachelor’s degrees, two non-Guam natives earned their master’s degrees and want to share what they’ve learned from college with other islands and beyond.
When UOG’s Teaching English as a Second Language program became fully online in 2018, it prompted Beverly Ilemangilish, a Yapes native living in Pohnpei, to take the opportunity to expand her knowledge. as an educator and to take a path few in number among its members. community have taken before.
Despite limited internet connectivity and a language barrier in the learning process, Ilemangilish went through four years of college to earn a master’s degree.
Early in his college career, Ilemangilish originally wanted to teach math, his favorite subject. However, the College of Micronesia where she received her bachelor’s degree did not have a math program available.
And although she struggled with English growing up, Ilemangilish decided to become an English teacher so she could help new generations on her island hone their English skills.
“I wasn’t able to communicate with my classmates and others because they spoke different languages, and I was really limited with my English skills,” she said. “So from there, I started having the goal that one day I would become a teacher to go back to teaching English on my island so that I could help new generations not face the same challenges.”
Ilemangilish plans to teach English at the College of Micronesia.
Joining the ranks of master’s graduates at UOG was Justin Berg, who joined Dr. Bastian Bentlage’s research team to investigate environmental stressors on reefs and potential mitigation practices.
“I’ve always been interested in science, especially biology. Both of my parents had a big impact on science and my upbringing,” Berg said.
During his degree program, the Philadelphia native worked on the impact of river runoff on corals in Fouha Bay, Humåtak. His work has resulted in three published research articles and a fourth article is in preparation.
Berg will attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa to begin her doctoral studies. in marine biology where he will continue to study the effect of watersheds on the coral microbiome.
“I think a better understanding of the effects of watersheds on corals downstream can benefit Guam through future awareness of anthropogenic impacts, namely fires, and the effects they have not only on corals, but also about preserving culture,” Berg said.