My name is Emelia Dudoit and I am so very grateful to be a Peer Mentor for the Mu‘o A‘e Native Hawaiian Student Success Program.
I attended King Kekaulike High School (way back when) and was part of the first class of Na Ali‘i- Class of 1999. Currently, I’m in pursuit of attaining an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts here at UHMC and plan to then pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.
Each one of us has hopes of whatever they may be and that there will be a day when those “hopes” are manifested to “what is”. As a Mother of a 9-year old son and an almost four-month old daughter I have many hopes for them. Having come to recognize education or knowledge as a treasure, I hope the day shall soon come when my children too will walk on the path of higher education. Likewise, as a Peer Mentor I strive to be as supportive and encouraging as I can for the Native Hawaiian students of our program. May they find their passion and live it so that their “hopes” too, will come to be “what is”.
I will always remember the friends who helped and uplifted me through rough moments and were also there to inspire and share good times. I am grateful for all that they’ve done which in due course brought me to where I am today. As Peer Mentors, we’re like those friends with our students.
Seeing and making my children smile, writing, learning and being able to witness people rise above circumstances are a few things that make life for me worth living.
Two things that have come to resonate with me throughout college and life are Diligence & To not ever cease the hunger to learn! No matter what obstacles you may encounter, you just gotta push on through! “If the first plan which you adopt does not work successfully, replace it with a new plan; if this new plan fails to work, replace it in turn with still another, and so on, until you find a plan which does work. Right here is the point at which majority of men meet with failure, because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take place of those which fail.” -Napoleon Hill