Author: Lexus Yamashiro

Tim Phillips

From Kapolei, Tim Phillips is a 19-year-old in his second-year at KCC. Initially having entered KCC as a Nursing major, Phillips decided to pursue his studies in Psychology instead after taking a class in the subject during his first semester in Fall 2017.

Finding Psychology to be an interesting field of study, Phillips hopes that what he learns will help him to find a career in the medical field. Despite being undecided in a specific future job, Phillips said that his decision to go into medical work is based upon his idea of wanting to help people and make a difference in the community.

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Michael Kwak

Michael Kwak is a 2018 graduate of KCC who received his Associate in Science in Hospitality and Tourism. From Honolulu, the 22-year-old chose this pathway because he was unsure of what he wanted to study, believing that this would be a safe start to his college career. Tired of the restaurant business, Kwak said that he would most likely want to find a hotel-related position if he were to follow a career based on his degree.

While attending hospitality courses when he was working toward his associate’s degree, Kwak shared that he enjoyed learning from his professors such as Kawehi Sellers and Palakiko Yagodich.

Kwak returned to KCC this school year to complete his pre-requisites for a smooth transition to UH Mānoa in the near future. There, Kwak hopes to focus his studies in the Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology (MBB) program. His passion for science is what drew Kwak to this program along with his interest in future technologies.

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  • Clement ChowClement Chow
    Clement Chow is a Liberal Arts - Business major in his first year at KCC. He has been in Hawaii for three years. As soon as he graduated high school, he applied to KCC to further his education.  Chow would like to to start his own business one day, but he is not sure about the kind of business yet. He used to live with his parents, who just moved to Palao last March. He currently lives with his sister.  In his free time, the 18-year-old enjoys playing tennis, basketball and working out. He is a certified diver. He used to dive with sharks back in Palao, where he got his certification.