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Ashley Kawagishi


Assistant Branch Manager for Bank of Hawaii In-Store Branch at Kahului

Reason For Attending Shidler

I chose to attend Shidler because my dad spoke highly of the education that the College of Business provided him and I was attracted to the opportunities that the college provides for its students in and out of the classroom. After taking a few pre-business courses, meeting with career and guidance counselors and taking advantage of the student organization, I realized the college's commitment to its student's success and knew I needed to be a part of the Shidler family.

Favorite Class

My favorite class was Finance with Professor Bystrom. I quickly realized I was not destined for a career in Finance, the concepts perplexed me, despite his excellent explanations, engaging lessons and patience. Yet the world works in strange ways; I am now working for a bank and use finance concepts more often than most of my finance majoring friends. More importantly, Professor Bystrom taught me how to present difficult financial concepts to people who are not familiar with them; this has proven invaluable to my success in helping my clients.


Shidler has given me the opportunity to build a strong professional network and to develop my leadership skills through its many student organizations. It has been a critical part of my current success.

Ashley Kawagishi

Makawao, Maui

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