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June 2020 graduate Sean Somoray mirrored on the highlights of his tutorial journey, which he stated he devoted to his grandfather who supported him coming to BYU-Hawaii from the Philippines and who handed away the identical yr he began faculty right here in 2016.
Somoray stated his grandfather was very excited when he discovered his grandson was going to review in america. He gave him a greenback invoice, which Somoray stated he has stored all through the years. A month after he discovered he was accepted to BYUH, his household discovered his grandfather was combating most cancers.
“I keep in mind when he was within the Nationwide Kidney Transplant Institute hospital. In my thoughts, I hoped that I [would] nonetheless get to see him after I graduate. Whereas on our manner out to the hospital, my mom and I talked about what may occur to him. She advised me that if I ever obtained an award at school, to dedicate it to my grandfather.”
Whereas on our manner out to the hospital, my mom and I talked about what may occur to him. She advised me that if I ever obtained an award at school, to dedicate it to my grandfather.
So when Somoray graduated from BYUH summa cum laude, the best tutorial recognition, he devoted his diploma to his grandfather.
A number of the different highlights of his school training included being a part of RiceUp, a BYUH Enactus challenge to empower farmers within the Philippines, BYU-Hawaii Live performance Choir, and assembly his spouse, he stated.
Somoray stated his journey in direction of his bachelor’s diploma was lengthy, but it made up among the finest years of his life as a result of he realized persistence and diligence. These two character traits helped him deal with ending what he began. “I could not have began sturdy, however I used to be capable of end sturdy. The occasions that occurred in-between made me stronger,” he said.
I could not have began sturdy, however I used to be capable of end sturdy. The occasions that occurred in-between made me stronger
Again in 2011, Somoray stated he began school within the Philippines. He was finding out enterprise at Fatima College, situated in his hometown. “I keep in mind in my first few days of sophistication. I did not prefer it as a result of I needed to review movie.” However then he stated at some point “when my mom and I have been driving on our approach to faculty, we talked about making use of for BYUH after my mission.”
Somoray put his research within the Philippines on maintain in 2013 to serve within the Philippines Cagayan De Oro Mission. When he obtained again house, he stated he utilized to BYUH and obtained accepted. “I could not imagine it. It was actually taking place,” he recalled. “What I solely thought of a number of years again was now changing into a actuality! I obtained to review in America, and I used to be so excited.”
In July 2016, Somoray began his instructional pursuit at BYUH. “After I got here to Hawaii, I used to be distant from my household once more. Fortunately, I discovered one other household with whom I really feel like I belong. That household is made up of my associates.”
Somoray stated his associates made his life colourful. “They have been there all through the ups and downs of my life right here at BYUH. These moments, even the mundane ones, have been the reminiscences that I will carry with me after my time at school.”
Terry Tung, a December 2019 alumnus from Hong Kong, who majored in social work, stated he and Somoray used to work collectively on the Polynesian Cultural Heart’s Hale Aloha as leads, the place they met and have become associates. “He invited me to be in his video challenge referred to as ‘The Freshman Brief Movie.’ Sean just isn’t solely a gifted individual, however he’s additionally very humble and hardworking. Sean is strong-minded and doesn’t like to surrender.
“As soon as he has set his thoughts on his objectives, he has the dedication required to realize his objectives. Sean is trustworthy about his dealings along with his associates and different individuals. He’s real and by no means talks unhealthy about individuals. He’s additionally a really grateful individual. He is aware of the individuals [who] helped him alongside his tough instances, and he stays grateful to these individuals. All of those make Sean a really respectable and admirable individual. I see him as a job mannequin in many alternative methods. I’m glad to be considered one of his associates,” Tung shared.
As soon as he has set his thoughts on his objectives, he has the dedication required to realize his objectives. Sean is trustworthy about his dealings along with his associates and different individuals. He’s real and by no means talks unhealthy about individuals.
Joan Rey, a senior from the Philippines majoring in communications, stated she met Somoray throughout RiceUp conferences, and since then, they grew to become associates. “Sean is a hardworking individual. I might say no matter activity you assigned him to do, he’ll do it. You may depend on him. Sean can also be a really humble and sort individual. I by no means heard him giving a unfavourable criticism to anybody, even when it is only a social gathering with very shut associates. He’s a pleasant cook dinner too.”
Somoray stated BYUH helped him stretch past his limits. He stated he realized this when he joined Enactus in 2017. “We practiced early within the morning and late at evening all in at some point. It was very intense. However it’s an expertise I am grateful for as a result of I used to be capable of do one thing laborious and was capable of obtain it. These practices have been in preparation for the Enactus World Cup, the place my associates and I went to London to compete with different universities.”
Somoray additionally was part of the BYUH Live performance Choir. He stated it was probably the greatest experiences he had on the faculty. He joined the choir in his third semester however thought of quitting as a result of it took a number of time away from his research.
“I talked to the choir president at the moment and advised him about my concern. He inspired me to remain till we accomplished our efficiency for the semester. Oh, I might have regretted it if I actually left, as a result of after I was within the live performance choir, I had the chance to sing for among the apostles who would go to the campus.”
He additionally stated he had an opportunity to sing for the entire world. When one of many apostles got here to BYUH, it was broadcast reside globally. “I by no means imagined that I might be capable to sing to an viewers from throughout the globe. However it did not cease there. Final yr, we had the chance to journey to New Zealand and Tahiti to sing for the individuals in these international locations.” Somoray stated he met many fantastic people who he’ll always remember.
Whereas he was finding out, he stated he was working part-time to assist pay for his training. “I am endlessly grateful for the IWORK program, particularly, to the beneficiant donors of this system who helped me make it thus far.”
He additionally credited his professors at BYUH for his love of enterprise, saying how they cared about him and his progress. “Again in 2011, I assumed enterprise administration wasn’t one thing I want to do sooner or later. Guess what? I realized to find it irresistible! My professors all the time welcomed me of their workplaces after I wanted assist or requested for suggestions about my work. It is due to them that I used to be capable of obtain my instructional achievements.”
My professors all the time welcomed me of their workplaces after I wanted assist or requested for suggestions about my work. It is due to them that I used to be capable of obtain my instructional achievements
Jeff Cruz, a senior from the Philippines, majoring in advertising and marketing and human sources, shared he and Somoray got here to BYUH on the similar time. “I’ve identified Sean for some time now, and we nonetheless keep up a correspondence. As a result of we nearly have the identical view in enterprise, we all the time used to speak about totally different concepts, methods, improvements, and so on.
“We regularly took the identical class, and I labored with him in numerous presidency positions for organizations in school. He’s clever, humble, understanding, and obedient to the Lord. One factor that I’ll always remember about Sean is his humility. He is a superb listener. He applies these rules that he realized in actual life. As a enterprise main and fanatic, that is the form of individual that you just wish to be in your group. Hopefully, we are going to find yourself not simply being associates, but additionally enterprise companions sooner or later,” Cruz stated.
Somoray stated his greatest blessing at BYUH was discovering his spouse, Anna Gomez. He met her in his senior yr, he added, and he or she helped him to endure to the very finish. “She made my final yr at school the perfect yr that I had.”
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