By marco leon | Staff Writer

Word on the Street: What has been your most difficult class, and what have you done to be successful in it? 

Rey Urbano
Age: 31
Hometown: Chalan Pago, Guam
Major: Medical Laboratory Technician

“Organic Chemistry 272 lecture. Embrace the abuse, just learn to like it, and a lot of late nights. Seek any form of resource you can find and don’t let it scare you.”

Erika Matsui
Age: 36
Hometown: Tajimi, Japan (Gifu Prefecture)
Major: Natural Science/Microbiology

“My most difficult classes were Microbiology 130 and English. At the beginning of Micro 130, I had no idea what the professor was saying. I got help from peer mentor tutoring and classmates to understand. In English class, how to write essays and presentations were very difficult. In Japan, we don’t have the opportunity to present in front of many people. The idea of learning to talk and remember what I need to say was valuable. The professor was very flexible with office hours, and I really appreciated that.”

Patrick Ho Kim
Age: 21
Hometown: Korea
Major: Engineering

“My most difficult class right now is Physics for me. I’m trying to study and review all the things I don’t get right now. Just go over all of the problems just to get used to the type of questions I’ll be asked.”

Jean Arevalo
Age: 24
Hometown: Kalihi, Hawaiʻi
Major: Elementary Education

“The difficult classes I have taken was Zoology 141 and 142. To help me succeed, I did more like study time and time management.”

Bianka MaGill
Age: 26
Hometown: Budapest, Hungary
Major: Biology

“It was ESL 100 because we had a lot of assignments. I had to convince myself to do the assignments and kick myself in the butt.”