HENNIKER, N.H. - Adjusting to life in college is an emotional roller coaster and adding the responsibilities of a student-athlete creates another up and down on the ride. Nevermind being roughly 5,000 miles away from home, across the Pacific Ocean.
"Before I visited NEC, I thought that it was honestly just like any other college," recalled Ehia. "I visited the HUGE campuses in other states closer to home, but after visiting and being an athlete here for the past two years, it's more than a college, it's a community that you can rely on."
NEC is a member of the NCAA Division III New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), with an on-campus population of 1,060 in Henniker and 255 in Manchester, while sponsoring 21 varsity sports. This sense of being a home away from home is feeling felt amongst those who choose to attend.
Community and togetherness are important ideals that these young women have carried with them throughout their lives. "The culture back home is something that I cherish a lot because we really value Ohana (family)," noted Kodama. "I think being so far away from home, we still hang onto this custom because we Hawai'i girls are each other's family and home away from home."
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