|This semester, Ljuri has six classes plus a rigorous
tennis practice and competition schedule. “I don’t
have much free time these days,” she admitted, although
she manages to maintain a 3.29 GPA.
Two of her favorite courses are abnormal psychology and industrial
psychology, and on graduation, this psychology major hopes to
stay in Hawai‘i to do a 12-month Optional Practical Training
(OPT) in psychology. “I would like to use the OPT to gain
experience in the area of clinical psychology, have time to find
a graduate school, and do my GRE (Graduate Record Examination),” she
explained. Her goal is to earn a doctorate in psychology and
help people who have mental illnesses.
Ljuri is currently participating in a research project with HPU
psychology Professor Vincent Tsushima that involves assessing
decision-making processes in legal cases. When asked what tips
she might share for earning high academic marks, Ljuri said: “My
strategy is to take good notes in class, sit in the first two
rows so you can pay attention to the professor, and stay focused
to get everything done on time. I think that organization is
When she is not in class or on the tennis court, Ljuri likes
to read books about psychology. She also enjoys watching movies,
going out with friends, and spending time at the beach.
Thomas Troxler is a 6-foot-2 junior on the men’s tennis
team. From Sursee, Switzerland, he transferred to HPU from Vanguard
University in Newport Beach, Calif. He is majoring in marketing
and has a 3.33 GPA.
I’d like to end up in the sports medicine or sports marketing
field, because sports is my life. If I could have a job that
is sports oriented, that would be awesome,” Troxler said.
Troxler speaks five languages: English, Italian, French, German,
and Swiss. He once worked as part of a team of students who created
an advertising campaign for an ice hotel in Sweden, where guests
sleep on special beds built of snow and ice covered with reindeer
skins, but says he prefers Hawai‘i’s warmer climate,
which offers the opportunity to play sports year-round. He learned
to surf soon after he arrived here. “I really enjoy [surfing]
a lot—the atmosphere, being with nature. If the sun is
setting, it’s really awesome,” he added.
The secret of good grades, Troxler said: “Time management—dividing
up your work, knowing how much time it takes. It’s not
hard. Allow enough time to study.” Troxler recommends starting
to study for midterms well ahead of the test date.