Rosemarie Howard | University Advancement | 7 August 2007
When Serafina Saui’a came to BYU-Hawaii in 1993 as a freshman from Samoa, she was not thinking about a military career. She wanted to serve a mission, and came to BYU-Hawaii because it was a Church school, and she had an older sister already attending.
But while taking a break from an economics class she ran into an Army recruiter in the hallway. It took six months for him to talk her into enrolling in the ROTC program at University of Hawaii, but at the beginning of her junior year she did enroll.
She had participated in the Junior ROTC program while in high school, learning leadership traits such as how to take charge and to work as part of a team. “It was the most beneficial class I ever took,” said Captain Saui’a. She graduated from BYU-Hawaii in 1997 with a B.S. in Information Systems.