Undergraduate Student Profile: Kekoa Taparra Milliani

Submitted by Web Communications on August 27, 2006

I’m really interested in bioinformatics, a field that combines my biology and computer science majors. I once mentioned to my biology professor that I was interested in doing an internship at a lab in Japan and she made a connection for me, just like that.

Kekoa Taparra Milliani

Double Major: Biology, Computer Science

Double Minor: Asian Studies, Math

Hometown: O’ahu, Hawaii

How He Handled His First Snowfall

The first night it started snowing, my teammates pulled me out of my room. Some kids were having massive snowball fights and the battles got really intense. It was the first time I had ever seen anyone actually make a snowman! After, a few of us went back into the dorm for hot chocolate – I’m told that’s all part of the tradition.

That ‘Ohana Spirit

Being so far from home, I was a little worried about what I would do during long weekends and vacations. Luckily, from the very first day of school, I got invitations from people who barely even knew me to stay over their homes over the holidays. My friends here have become ‘ohana – “like family”, as we say in Hawai’i.

Why He’s Now Famous

Graphic design and photography are my passions. When the swim team was in Puerto Rico, I shot a music video of the Fairfield swimmers and divers with my video camera. Some of my teammates didn’t want to be in at first but changed their minds when they saw how much fun we were all having. Then they kept asking when it would be finished.

What The Future Might Hold

I’m really interested in bioinformatics, a field that combines my biology and computer science majors. I once mentioned to my biology professor that I was interested in doing an internship at a lab in Japan and she made a connection for me, just like that. For a professor to remember not only the academic but also the personal interests of her students really shows how much she cares.

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