Renee' Galolo '17. Photo by Kauanui Sabas.
HBA's Renee Galolo '17 will be participating in the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Doctor of Medicine Early Acceptance Program (DMEAP) this fall. Through this program, Galolo has already secured a spot at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), as long as she meets all of the school's admission requirements. She will participate in UH's undergraduate honors program, and the DMEAP will cover the cost of her undergraduate tuition for four years.
"I am very excited. Becoming a doctor has been a dream for a long time, and now I have a path to reach my goal," said Galolo.
During her sophomore year, she volunteered at her pediatrician's office. From that experience, she too hopes to be a pediatrician because she enjoys working with families. Additionally, she wants to travel to the Philippines for medical missions.
Galolo entered HBA in sixth grade. Her father, Dennis, is an alumnus from the class of 1986. Some of Galolo's best memories of HBA include performing a K-Pop song during a talent show on Senior Trip. She says it was fun to see everyone "get out of their comfort zone" and just have fun. She also remembers Freshman Camp as the "first, real bonding experience we had as a class in high school."
At HBA, Galolo participated on student council, played varsity tennis, and was chosen as a National Merit Semifinalist. She was a member of the Environmental Club, Craft Club, Model UN, and hosted tours for the admissions office. As a member of the National Honor Society and Interact Club, she volunteered for a number of community service projects, including Special Olympics, Relay For Life, the Children's Fair at IHS, the Make-A-Wish Foundation's PJ Ball, and bell-ringing at Christmas time for the Salvation Army.
Galolo says she's very grateful for the love and care she received from her teachers. Jennifer (Chang) Duncklee '00, who was her English teacher, encouraged Galolo to be confident while practicing a passage from Shakespeare.
"She told me not be too self-conscious. The way she talked to me made me feel I could do it. I've always been quiet, but the way she talked to me, she made me feel like I could be louder."
Two other teachers who have inspired Galolo are Mr. Michael Hu and Mrs. Claire Mitchell. Galolo says Mr. Hu taught her to prioritize her understanding, so she learns a topic well. He also encouraged her during the college application process. Mrs. Mitchell, whose zeal for learning is well known among students, inspires Galolo to be excited about learning.
Galolo's faith was also shaped at HBA. Discussions about current events, and developing a deeper understanding of her faith, have helped her to prepare for world beyond HBA. She also appreciates that her teachers are praying over her.
"As a freshman, I didn't realize what it meant that our teachers were praying for us. But now, as a senior, I realize that means they really care about us a lot."
Galolo attends New Hope Oahu and volunteers in the nursery caring for children ages 12 to 23 months.
Galolo encourages students at HBA to try their best, and to not compare themselves to others. She also says that making friends and caring for others is just as important.
"Keep your goals in mind, and don't forget, even while you're working towards your goal, there are people around you. You need them just as much as you need to work hard."