English Course Students Get Career Advice from Guest Speakers

Featured guests HPU 2015 alumna Bianca Flores and Hawai‘i Poet Laureate Kealoha spoke with students in the Spring 2019 ENG 2100: Ways of Reading Film, Literature, and Culture course taught by Associate Professor Micheline Soong, Ph.D., on April 22 and 24. Flores and Kealoha shared how their undergraduate training in English prepared them for their current jobs in the publishing industry and the creative arts. 

Flores majored in English at HPU and is currently working at HarperCollins as a publicist in New York City. Kealoha, born and raised in Hawai‘i, is an MIT honors graduate in applied nuclear physics with a minor in Writing. He worked in the Bay Area as a business consultant during the dotcom boom before returning to Hawai‘i to dive into the world of spoken word and shape the slam poetry scene locally, by making his mark as a writer. 

Flores visited with the class through FaceTime, while Kealoha made an in-person classroom visit. Students asked numerous questions about deciding on majors, course selection, job hunting, application process, interviewing, baseline key communication skills, salaries, paying off student loans, adjusting to living where the job takes you, and the value of revisions when it comes to developing as writers.