Category: Voices & Views

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.

Christopher Sales

Christopher Sales, 19, is currently a Liberal Arts major at KCC in his second year. Sales is hoping to get into the nursing program at KCC but still needs to finish up a course in zoology this summer to complete all of the necessary prerequisites.

Sales ultimately wants to finish his degree at UH Mānoa because he believes that a 4-year degree will look more appealing to hospitals. He has wanted to be a nurse since his freshman year in high school and would love to be employed by Kuakini Medical Center or Lē‘ahi Hospital in the future.

When Sales has spare time he enjoys playing games on his phone and drawing.

Dennis Ho

Dennis Ho is a nursing major taking prerequisites at the moment. He’s been working on pharmacology assignments, which he says it’s “really hard.” Ho got inspired to pursue a second career in nursing after he had a family member with medical needs, and so far he really enjoys his course.

Aside from studying, Ho has a photography company that provides services for school events, such as proms, graduation parties and yearbooks. The Nuʻuanu resident likes to go swimming, running and playing volleyball in his free time.

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.”

Emily Whitfield

Emily Whitfield is a second-year student attending KCC. The 22-year old came to Oʻahu from Castries, St. Lucia (an island nation located in the Caribbean Sea), when her father landed a job that caused her and her family to move. Moving from the Caribbean to California, then eventually to the Big Island, Whitfield chose to attend college at KCC to major in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Whitfield’s decision to pursue this particular field of study was because of her interest towards it, believing that it’s a subject seldom discussed.

“I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to go into … [but Peace and Conflict Resolution] just sounded interesting,” Whitfield said. “It opens so many doors for you, so I thought it was just kind of interesting and I wanted to see what it was about.”

Although solving people’s problems is what she said she has difficulty with, Whitfield hopes to go into a career that will be related to her major.

Whitfield enjoys taking classes at KCC, expressing that she finds the campus to be laid back and “chill.” Whitfield said that if KCC were a four-year university, she would choose to stay to complete her Bachelor of Arts because of the comfortable feeling that the campus already gives her.

Alexis Tolentino

Alexis Tolentino, 19, was born and raised in Kapahulu. She is currently enrolled in Liberal Arts at KCC but has plans to go into nursing. After this semester finishes, Tolentino plans to go to Las Vegas and attend the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). After graduating high school Tolentino’s first choice was to attend UNLV, but she decided to come to KCC for her first year to ease her transition into college.

When Tolentino is not in school she is a musician by trade. She enjoys freelancing with a group of musicians in local places around Oʻahu and throughout the other islands.

“I actually play more traditional instruments, like ukulele, base, stick guitar, stuff like that,” Tolentino said. “… I’ve played pretty much all of Waikīkī and the outer islands at different festivals.”

Sally Watanabe

Sally Watanabe is originally from Yamaguchi, Japan. Her intended major is Hospitality and Tourism, but she has recently changed her plans of working in the field and instead, wants to go back to Japan and teach English. “I wanna improve my English skill first,” said Watanabe.

Currently, her favorite hospitality class is HOSP 168, as she likes the professor. In that class, students sometimes go out to Waikiki or Downtown and simulate guided tours.

She is passionate about volunteering: last week she went to Los Angeles to participate in a conference that aimed to strengthen the relationship between Japan and the United States.

Elliot Dixon

Elliot Dixon is a first-year student attending KCC. Having already received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, the 27-year-old is now back in school taking pre-requisites for medical school.

In Fall 2017, Dixon was attending LCC taking pre-requisites for pre-medical courses but chose to transfer to KCC after moving into Waikīkī. Dixon has found KCC’s campus to be nicer and that it carries a stress-relieving environment for him to step into.

Looking to attend KCC for the next school year, Dixon interests for biology and chemistry is helping him in determining which classes he wants to enroll in. In the future, Dixon hopes to become a practicing physician such as a psychiatrist or neurologist.

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    Bianca Quibuyen is a second-year student majoring in Accounting. Originally from Manila, Philippines she chose to go into accounting because of the stability and job security that a career in that field could offer. "Accounting is a really good major, especially here in the U.S. since everybody needs accountants, like all the companies that you go to need accountants," Quibuyen said. "So I think it's job security." Her plan once she finishes her second year at KCC is to transfer to UH West Oʻahu to complete her Bachelor's in Accounting. When Quibuyen is not at school studying she also works at First Hawaiian Bank. In her leisure time she enjoys reading books and takes up swimming as a hobby. She has experience swimming competitively but since she quit training competitively it has become an activity she enjoys doing in her spare time.