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Samuel Foulchag [Yap]

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Samuel Foulchag

Degree sought:  Food Science & Human Nutrition, Pre-Professional Track
Hometown:  Yap, Federated States of Micronesia

What drew your interest to the CHL training program?
My main reason for applying for the CHL Training Program scholarship is for financial assistance.  The CHL program, with its benefits, will give me a lot of options to pursue.  I wasn’t aware of the program until I came to Hawaii, and I’m feel very fortunate to have learn about the scholarship opportunity.

What are your long-term goals?
I want to become a doctor.  From my experience, growing up in the islands, I think the people are more likely to listen and follow a doctor’s recommendation more than anything else.  I want to be skillful in not just providing diet recommendations, but also to help them as a doctor typically would.

After completing your studies, how do you hope to impact your home community?
I believe this program puts me in the best position to make changes in my home community.   I’ve always wanted to work in a health-related field, but wasn’t really sure which discipline was a good fit for me in a developing nation.  This program has directed me towards the right path, showing me an option that I will fit into.  I believe a poor nation is the best place to make an impact because of the fact that there are many issues that needs to be fixed, so any small change is a success.  Since diabetes is one of the main focuses, I believe there are countless ways to combat it.  In my opinion, the best way to combat this issue is to start from the governmental level.  My home community and surrounding islands used to have a very healthy diet, and it is still there.  The diabetes epidemic started when processed foods were introduced to the islands.  I believe the best way is to deal with exports, and at the same time, educate the people on the problems we’re facing, and also to promote agriculture.  Being in this program gives me the flexibility to do more in different areas to combat the problem.

What are your hobbies / interests?
I am interested in any kinds of sports, but my favorite is playing basketball.  I play basketball whenever I’m free.  Aside from sports, fishing is one of my favorite hobbies.