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Semester in Samoa

Wesleyan student from Ohio studies how young Pacific Islanders learn about cultural identity

By Marcos Crespo ’23

Last name: Hallée Limes ’24
Hometown: New Albany, Ohio
Majors: Sociology and Anthropology
Minor: Philosophy
High school: New Albany High School
OWU Login Live: Semester abroad in Samoa, Oceania

Why I chose this experience

“I chose this program because it was an immersive experience that allowed me to visit many places in the Pacific like Hawai’i, Fiji and two of Samoa’s islands – Upolu and Savai’i.

“Even though I had many college lectures, places like the ocean, mountains, villages and heritage sites became my classrooms. Active learning helped me understand the way of life Samoan and Pacific Islander identity more broadly.

My favorite moment

While in Samoa, Hallee Limes, a student at OWU, conducts ethnographic research using observation and interviewing to explore the teaching of Samoan identity in early childhood education.

“There is so much to choose from, but I would have to say all the Samoan words and values ​​that I learned from Samoan children, whether it was my foster sister, the village children or my time with the preschoolers . Illuminating the importance of children and their position in society, it inspired me to do my independent research with them at the center.

My research

“Through observational and interview ethnographic research, I analyzed the context of Samoan identity pedagogy (teaching) in early childhood education.

“Throughout my days here, I quickly understood the importance of child development and its intersection with cultural identity. I have worked closely with the community of educators and the little minds that are taught every day.

“My close relationships that I have developed have also allowed me to have the opportunity to tell this story through photographs. My goal was to not only research this essential subject, but also to share the stories of some of my best teachers (and) children.

Lessons learned

Hallee Limes is enjoying the center of the South Pacific Ocean while spending the semester in Samoa. The island is located roughly halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand.

“I want to pursue a career in people because that’s my biggest passion – learning and listening to people who see the world from a different perspective than mine. I want to be an educator who inspires others, just like those who have been part of my journey.

“There are so many different paths I see myself taking, but I’m open and ready for them all.”

Why I Chose Ohio Wesleyan

“The OWU connection was one of the determining factors that helped me choose Ohio Wesleyan. The emphasis on experiential learning through world travel opportunities was not valued like he was here in any other school.

My plans after graduation

“Graduate studies in anthropology, Americorps, and working in the humanitarian sectors all sound so appealing to me.”

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