Author: Lexus Yamashiro

Gunner Woundy

Gunner Woundy is a 24-year-old KCC student wrapping up his pre-requisites in order to transfer to UH West Oʻahu to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Having already received an associate degree in Culinary Arts, the Honolulu native said he drew an interest toward the culinary field since he learned how to cook from his grandmother.

Anticipating the transfer to UH West Oʻahu, Woundy said that he hopes to learn about how to effectively run a business in the culinary field. Woundy hopes to open one of his own small shops or a big company in the future.

Woundy works as a baker at Hy’s Steakhouse in Waikīkī where he enjoys being able to whip together desserts and cakes. During his free time, Woundy enjoys experimenting with food recipes, his specialties being in sandwiches and baking.

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Kathleen Samoy

19-year-old Kathleen Samoy is a first-year KCC student majoring in hospitality and tourism. Originally from the Philippines, Samoy said she initially had dreams of becoming a teacher or flight attendant. It was when she chose to be in a hospitality academy at Waipahu High School that she decided she would pursue a career in the hotel industry.

“I would say that my personality would really fit me into that kind of job or work environment because it’s mostly, like, customer service and meeting a lot of people from different countries and also interacting with them,” Samoy said.

Having been on Oʻahu for about nine years, Samoy’s decision to enroll in KCC was based on the positive perspectives she heard from students already studying in hospitality and tourism. Samoy said that she appreciates the views on campus along with how welcomed others made her feel. 

When it comes to meeting new people, Samoy said that it’s the Board of Student Activities’ (BOSA) Ice Cream Socials that she enjoys most. She hopes to become involved with the organization or with Bayanihan Club, also known as the Filipino Club.

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Dolan Bradberry

From Salt Lake City, Dolan Bradberry transferred from The University of Utah to start his second year of school at KCC. The 27-year-old found his way to Hawaiʻi through the Navy, which he has been in for about seven years.

Sharing that he has been exposed to nuclear power and how it is beneficial as a renewable energy source, Bradberry said it was this information that led him to pursue his studies in Natural Sciences with a focus in Engineering.

” … I’m just trying to get an Engineering degree so I can do some research and development on either new designs [for renewable energy sources] or something similar,” Bradberry said.

Being that he is on a short assignment rather than having to be on a ship for the Navy, Bradberry said that it is a nice change of pace to have that allows him to attend school.

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  • Jamie NguyenJamie Nguyen
    Jamie Nguyen is 21 years old and originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She moved to O‘ahu 3 years ago for school and is currently in her last semester at KCC majoring in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Business. In January, Nguyen will be transferring to UH Mānoa to complete her degree in International Business Marketing. While at KCC, Nguyen is working on the Board of Student Publications (BOSP) as the secretary. She enjoys her job because the BOSP has given her the opportunity to work in a professional setting while still being in school. She has enjoyed the opportunity to get to talk with students and staff while working on the BOSP and believes that it is helping her reach her future goals. "It's taught me a lot about professionalism and how to work professionally. In the BOSP, we not only work with the students, but we also work with the faculty and staff," Nguyen said. "I'm a people person so I like communicating with people. So being in the BOSP I get to talk to so many students and staff." In her free time Nguyen loves watching movies and goes to the theater whenever she can. Recently she watched the newly released movie "Coco" and loved it.