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Music Program

Who studies music at BYUH? Wealthia Apao

  1. What’s your preferred name? Wealthia
  2. Where do you call home? Philippines
  3. How long have you been at BYUH? Three and a half years (recently graduated)
  4. Did you serve an LDS mission? Not yet
  5. What’s your major? What instrument(s) do you play? General Music. I play piano, violin, and guitar
  6. Why did you decide to study music at BYUH? Ever since I was a kid, I have had this urge to know more about music. I heard Elder Dallin H. Oaks (he presided over the church's area in the Philippines) mention something about BYU-Hawaii and IWORK Scholarship in one of our Stake Conferences (my dad was the Stake President at that time). I was inspired and determined to try to go to BYUH and pursue my dreams.
  7. What do you do when you’re not studying or practicing? I engage in extracurricular activities. I love hiphop dancing. I am a member of BYUH's hiphop dance group since I came here. I also go out with my friends and explore Hawaii. I love hiking, visiting different tourist attractions here in Oahu, and eating out with friends.
  8. Name one thing that’s unique about you. My name. It starts with Wealth. My grandparents and parents wanted me to become successful in life and be rich someday so I can help the needy ones.
  9. Name one thing you’re proud of accomplishing at BYUH. Finishing my studies while working 19 hours (25-40 hrs during break). I cannot believe (until now) that I was able to do it.
  10. Who are your musical heroes? Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg
  11. Name three songs on your playlist. 1) Bach: Air on a G String 2) Satie: Gymnopedies 3) Chopin: Nocturne op. 72 no. 1
  12. Name a favorite food you’ve discovered at BYUH. Spam Musubi - a food that's quick to grab and eat before class starts again. Thanks to The Seasider (BYUH Campus Cafe) for selling spam musubis! hahaha
  13. In which ensembles have you participated? University Chorale. Shaka Steel
  14. How long do you practice every day? At least 2 hours if I can.
  15. Do you surf? No. I am not even a good swimmer.
  16. Do you have a job? If so, what is it? I don't have a job now but I used to work at PCC (Concessions Department) and BYUH (Purchasing Department). Both jobs were not related to my major but I am very grateful that I was able to learn new things aside from Music. I learned how to do Accounting stuff too!
  17. What inspires you? My parents. I want to make them proud of me and return/pay back everything that they have done for me.
  18. What are the best things about studying music at BYUH? You get to know different cultures and perspectives from students around the world. I also have great teachers who even studied in England etc.
  19. What surprised you about BYUH? Homework and tests. The load was very difficult for some of my classes which are not even major classes.
  20. What are your plans after graduating? LDS Mission
  21. What advice would you give to entering freshman music majors at BYUH? Use every resource that you can find. Library, books, computer labs, music practice rooms, or ask for your teachers' help. Do not hesitate to ask help from others. Enjoy the beautiful paradise of Hawaii. Enjoy while it lasts. Work out your purpose and know you're reason why are you here. Learn to adapt and make friends.

Date: 11/10/2016