Author: Mac Smith

Emma Eckfeldt

Emma Eckfeldt is a first-year student at KCC as a liberal arts major with a concentration in education. Eckfeldt is of Japanese descent and has many family members who are fluent in Japanese, which has inspired her to go into the JET program or Japanese English Teaching program when she transfers to UH-Mānoa. She is currently taking four classes and is in an elementary Japanese class. Her goal after graduation is to move to Japan as an English teacher to teach young elementary-age students. Eckfeldt chose KCC because she wanted a chance to explore options without the pressure of a university. At KCC, she also has more time to think about future classes and get her toe in the water when it comes to learning Japanese.

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  • Aaron PilaAaron Pila
    Aaron Pila is a third-year student attending KCC majoring in Natural Resources. The 22-year-old already graduated from KCC with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts in Fall 2017 but is continuing to further his education in preparation for his transfer to UH Mānoa in Fall 2018. Pila's decision to attend KCC was influenced by the encouraging comments he heard about KCC's biology program, specifically giving credit to professors Mackenzie Manning and Brian Deis. Since his time spent on campus, Pila has found the support system and academics to be helpful and motivating. In the future, Pila yearns to work in a national park after earning his degree. "I haven't really decided which one yet, but ... I just like the idea of walking around showing people really why they exist and how great just being outside is," Pila said.