Author: Sam Ehrhart

Chas Efhan

Chas Efhan is a 19-year-old liberal arts with a concentration in business major. As a native of Nuʻuanu, Efhan is in his sophomore year of college. He plans on transferring into UH Mānoa’s accounting program next semester.

“Today’s world is so focused around markets, businesses, and money,” Efhan said. “A lot of jobs are situated around businesses, and because of that I want to get a business degree. It’s a really versatile degree that can land me a lot of different jobs.

“Efhan’s goal is to own his own business where he manufactures and builds his own products. He loves to repair surfboards and fix anything related to fiberglass. However, Efhan believes that he will start his post-college job at a business firm.

“I think I’ll start at a business firm after Mānoa to save and invest my money so that I can buy my own company someday,” he said. “I want to build composites in the future; preferably stuff dealing with carbon-fiber, surfboards, or canoe making. Those would all be really cool. I want to create things that bring people happiness.

“Efhan’s advice to future business majors is to just love what you’re doing. He said that you must be interested in the field as a whole, and be motivated to work hard. He believes it might take a while, but you’ll get to your end goal eventually.

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Stefan Cranston

Stefan Cranston is a 20-year-old biology major at KCC. Cranston is a sophomore who’s a native of Honolulu. His main goals are to transfer into UH Mānoa’s medical school to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and to become a future doctor.

“I’ve always had a profound interest in biology since I was a kid,” Cranston said. “I allow my fascination for life to move me forward. Biology to me is really easy, and I find it more interesting than something complex like physics. I really want to get into the medicine field after I’m finished with KCC.”

Cranston is currently working towards both an associates degree in Natural Sciences and an associates degree in Liberal Arts at KCC. He is doing this to save money on classes and to complete as many as possible before he transfers to UH Mānoa.

 “My favorite part of biology is that it gives us a description of everything living and the meaning behind it,” Cranston said. “Biology relates to people since we’re living creatures too and I like to understand the meaning about everything that we do.”

Cranston offers important advice for people who are interested in the biological or medical fields. His advice stems from his passion for the subject as a whole. 

“If you want to be involved with biology, do it because you love it, not because you want a lot of money,” Cranston said. “Money matters a little bit, but your passion for biology should be the most important part of your studies and work.” 

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    Loreto Mendoza Jr. was born and raised on Maui. He joined the Marine Corps right after finishing high school, in 2012. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014, for about seven months. When he was there, he did patrols and convoys. He was also stationed in California for a few years after coming back from South Asia. Mendoza is currently using his GI Bill benefits to further his education as he decided to end his active service. He’s working towards the Radiologic Technology Program at KCC. “[The military] gave me a lot of opportunities, education-wise. … I had to grow up fast. I was a 20-year old, 19 year-old in charge of guys who were 25-year old guys.” In his free time, Mendoza enjoys spear fishing.

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