Grad Profile: Nick Cabacungan

Nick Cabacungan is a 2021 graduate from Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a Biology major with a concentration in Pre-Professional Studies, plus a minor in Chemistry. 


What has been your most memorable class? 

The most memorable class has to be Physics with Dr. Schoenfeld. Although his class was tough, he has taught me how to think critically by just using the foundational concepts. Outside of the classroom, I’ve made many great friends with whom I struggled with, but in the end passed with success. Sitting in lecture [for] six hours a week and eating while taking notes was probably the best part of the class. 


How did your extracurriculars impact your time on campus?

I was a part of [the] Hawaii Club for a while, until classes demanded more of my time. Beyond the scope of the classroom setting, I would do research with Dr. Baltzley and Dr. Latham, and I cannot thank them enough for [how] their research has helped me build my application for graduate school. I was also a student tutor, helping students with biology, chemistry, and physics. 


Do you have any advice for current and prospective students? 

Keeping it short and simple: work hard in your studies, trust in your professors, and never doubt your potential!


What is the biggest lesson you have learned throughout your time at WOU? 

I would have to say that the biggest lesson that I’ve learned throughout my time at WOU is that you don’t have to go through college alone. Should it be professors that guide you to your profession, [or] classmates that you study with along the way. The people that you will meet [during] your time at WOU will be [some] of the most memorable people in your life. 


What was your most visited spot on campus?  

The most visited spot on campus would be the DeVolder Family Science Center. This is where I spent most of my time studying, hanging with friends, and even sleeping. My friends and I would be there almost every day and even the weekends to get work done. In between studying and doing assignments, we would either sleep on the couch in the building or get some food. 


What do you love most about the major/minors you completed?

What I love the most about my major and minor is the people that I’ve got to meet. In my first year here at WOU, it was tough always studying alone. However, from my second year ‘til now, I’ve met many friends that have helped me in the classes that we’ve taken. I must say it is a different bond that you make with the people that you study with. That goes beyond the classroom. 


What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?

The biggest achievement that I’ve made in my undergraduate career is being the first to move away from home–Hawaii. I’m fortunate enough to have a strong support system that helped me get through college. 


What are your plans for after graduation? 

After graduation, I will be continuing my education at Indiana University’s School of Dentistry. Thank you to all my friends and professors for helping me get there; I couldn’t have done it without you.

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