By Shawna Takaki | Staff Writer

Saprud Ruda is an 18-year-old first year student at Kapiʻolani Community College.

Her hometown is Nuna, Chuuk, where she grew up happily. She eventually moved to Hawaiʻi last month to study Nursing here and is enjoying her new life here.

Ruda wishes to assist other people. She plans to continue her studies in the medical field and to become a doctor eventually.

“I came to get a better education,” Ruda said.

This is her first semester, and she is enjoying her studies in her English and Math courses. She primarily studies at home, but sometimes comes on campus to meet with her professor. After getting her associates degree, Ruda plans to further study.

“My dream is to become a doctor, go back to my hometown, and help my people,” Ruda said.

Ruda loves to sing during her free time and her favorite song is “Turunufas” by Rindy & Richy Ft Mack.