Writing has always been challenging for me. Having had many professors throughout my schooling, I have been faced with different expectations and guidelines when it comes to the writing process. No teacher has the same parameters because writing is subjective. Despite this, through the course of this semester, I have…


Despite living in the same place for most of my life, my understanding of the word home is always changing. Growing up in Hawaii, I have been faced with experiences, unlike that of my peers. I find that as I grow older, I have new experiences that shift the way…


During my first semester of college, I was given the opportunity to travel abroad to Paris. This was something I had always dreamed of. The reason I was given this opportunity was because I was accepted into USC as a spring admit, meaning that I started school in the spring…


I’ve always heard stories about how people figured out what they wanted to do with their lives. Usually, they took a class or had a teacher that influenced them, and through that, they realized their true calling. For me, that hasn’t fully happened yet. In high school, I was always…


When I was 6 years old my Grandma and Grandpa gifted me a beautiful necklace. This necklace was a Hawaiian Heirloom Necklace, it was 24-carat gold and had my name engraved on it. These necklaces are jewelry pieces that are indicative of Hawaii. They are hand engraved with Hawaiian style…


“Close your legs! That’s not ladylike,” “Don’t burp like that,” “close your mouth,” “be respectful!” These are all phrases that are engrained in my brain to this day. Growing up as a girl these are but a few phrases that are said to you all throughout your life. Society tells…


I’ve always been someone who has loved to eat food and cook. Cooking has been something that brought me joy. After watching the episode of No Passport Required it has really got me thinking about food and its ties to culture and society. In the episode we watched for class…


Yokohama Bay. O’ahu, Hawai’i.

Home has always been a constant state of comfort and a safe haven for me. I’ve lived in Hawai’i for most of my life and much of my knowledge and understanding of the world has come from my upbringing. Through being immersed within my cultural ethnicities, communities, and the environment…


Living in Hawai’i for most of my life I always felt that I did not encounter much racism. This is because Hawai’i has so much diversity. I grew up going to a kindergarten through 12th grade school that had many different ethnicities. I also think I felt that I did…

Gabby Biersach

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