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Former Lakeview Newspaper editor returns from her year in Hawaii

Aili Mayfield, ‘21, former Lakeview editor and member of the Lakeview news staff for her 4 years at the school, returned home from her year in college in Hawaii.

Mayfield attended the Brigham Young University (BYU) campus in Hawaii for her first year in college: the 2022-2023 school year.

Brigham Young University is a private school centered in Provo, Utah that is sponsored by the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints. BYU Hawaii is a satellite campus of the main school that was founded in 1955.

Despite its amazing location, BYU is known to have some strict rules that not everyone may be tolerant of.

“We had a strict dress code where tank tops and shorts above the knee were not allowed. We had to be within the dress code anytime we were on campus, in classes, or at the dining hall, but we could wear whatever we wanted off campus,” Mayfield said.

Mayfield also remarked upon random bed checks that the staff made at night to ensure that students were in their dorms and sleeping. The punishment for violation of this rule was a $100 fine. Additionally, due to religious reasons, the drinking of coffee is prohibited on the campus.

Despite these rules, Mayfield still had an amazing time.

“It was a fair trade in my mind to have to follow some strange rules in order to live in Hawaii for a year at a relatively low price.”

During her time in Hawaii, Mayfield experienced a variety of unique and exciting experiences that would be hard to replicate elsewhere. She embarked on hiking, skydiving, and shark diving adventures, as well as exploring the island of O’ahu and making daily trips to the beach.

Mayfield said, “The majority of people on the island had an aloha-spirit that was super welcoming and friendly…it was an experience that I’ll never forget.”

Despite her amazing time, Mayfield will not be returning to the O’ahu campus in the fall as the college did not offer the classes for her chosen major. She will be transferring to either the Provo, Utah BYU campus or Utah State University to pursue a career in nursing.