Author: Jana Julian

Loreto Mendoza Jr.

Loreto Mendoza Jr., a 24-old future radiology technician, is currently enrolled in the Liberal Arts degree program.

“Here in the KCC Veterans Resource Center, my job is to help the veterans and dependents that attend school here,” Loreto said. “I help them by processing their enrollment certificate request form so that they can use their benefits like the Post 9/11 GI Bill or the Vocational Rehabilitation.”

Loreto Mendoza Jr., a 24-old future radiology technician, is currently enrolled in the Liberal Arts degree program.

“Here in the KCC Veterans Resource Center, my job is to help the veterans and dependents that attend school here,” Loreto said. “I help them by processing their enrollment certificate request form so that they can use their benefits like the Post 9/11 GI Bill or the Vocational Rehabilitation.”

Loreto is from Kahului, Maui and has lived on O‘ahu for two years. In his free time, he goes to the gym and enjoys to go spearfishing. He also plays Fortnite which he says is an “awesome game!” Loreto plans to be accepted into KCC’s radiology technician program this summer.

“This month I plan to go back to Maui to go camping and spearfishing,” Lorento said. “I’m really excited to go see family and friends.

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Yilin Wan

Yilin Wan, a 20-year old aspiring psychologist, is preparing to graduate from KCC and will be transferring to UH Mānoa to pursue a BA in Psychology next semester.

“I am very excited to go back to China for the summer,” Yilin said. “Most of my friends back in China who are in college will not be on summer break until July, but I will spend time with family before seeing them.”

Yilin is from Wuhan, China, and has lived on O‘ahu for almost four years. She currently spends her free time studying for upcoming finals but still makes time for watching anime, her current favorite being “Kino’s Journey.” Yilin also works as a note taker on campus and is currently taking Chinese 290 as a native Mandarin speaker.

“While I am home for the summer I will travel to Guangzhou, Liuzhou, and Shanghai,” Yilin said. “I hope to go to Disneyland while in Shanghai.”

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Takanori Yoshikawa

Takanori Yoshikawa, a 21-year old aspiring director, is in his fifth semester at KCC and is working towards a BA in Creative Media from UH Mānoa.

“Before [here], I lived in Cleveland, Ohio, but everything was new and confusing,” Takanori said. “I wanted to transfer to somewhere I know, and I had been to Hawai′i so many times for vacation, so I thought Hawai′i was the best for me.”

Takanori is from Tokyo, Japan and has lived in Honolulu for almost three years. He spends his free time studying, golfing with friends and watching movies; his favorite movies are “Disturbia” and “Shutter Island.”  Takanori also goes to the gym regularly, and he likes to play soccer but, he hasn’t found a place to play.

“My name, in a way, means leadership,” Takanori said. “I think that being a director is like being a leader.”

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    From Nu'uanu, 20-year-old Dylan Khoe hopes to have a future in animation. Khoe spends his free time drawing digital paintings, making animations, watching anime, and playing video games on the computer. While he finds that painting and making animations are fun, they can get frustrating when things don't go the way he wants them to so he relaxes in those situations by looking up references or watching some anime or playing his games, mostly Team Fortress 2. He got into digital painting from watching YouTube videos and went from drawing to digital. Khoe is waiting to apply to the New Media Arts Program with his portfolio at the end of the next semester for the beginning of the next school year. Despite having his hobbies and enjoying what he does, Khoe is also dedicated to learning more about his trade as he studies resources and attends lectures from guest speakers when animators come. "I'm waiting [to get connections] until I get into the program," Khoe said. "Right now I'm just looking for knowledge I guess."

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