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Kaitlin Victorino

Kaitlin Victorino is a first-year student at KCC who plans to major in Liberal Arts – Business Administration. She enjoys drawing and painting, but school responsibilities have limited her time to do so. She has found that bullet journaling is a good substitute and works well as a creative outlet.

“Bullet journalling is basically like a planner but without all the structure. You can do whatever you want with it. Lists, budgeting …,” Victorino says.

She went to school in the Philippines, where she is originally from, and later came to study in Hawaii. With English being her first language, she says she struggled with some of the social views and how she speaks and understands school subjects in her home country.

“I have more role models here [than in the Philippines],” she says.

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Aaron Tisdale

31 year-old Aaron Tisdale is a Marketing major from San Diego, California. He has lived in Hawai‘i since he left the U.S. Navy in November, 2016. It took Aaron a while to adapt to his life outside the military.

“Once I got into the groove of things, got a job, then it was good.”

He currently works as a bartender at the Modern Hotel, in Honolulu. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and working out.

On the way to his Spanish class, Aaron shared that he started learning the language during the three years he was stationed in Andaluzia, in the South of Spain.

“I know quite a bit [of Spanish]. I used to have some friends teach me all the time,” Tisdale says.

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  • Justin NguyenJustin Nguyen
    Justin Nguyen is a 22-year-old Biology major here at KCC. As a native from Kaimukī, Nguyen is in his senior year of college. Having already completed most of his college credits on the mainland at Creighton University in Nebraska, Nguyen came back to KCC to finish his bachelor's degree. "A lot of healthcare jobs are associated with this major [biology]", Nguyen said. "I also have a lot of friends being biology majors, so I thought that we could help each other study and stuff. Biology is really interesting, too, though, I really enjoyed science in high school." Nguyen plans on returning to Creighton University after he receives his bachelor's of science in biology. At Creighton, Nguyen wishes to enter dentistry school. His dream is to become a pediatric dentist, and he has held this dream for an extremely long time. "I remember when I was four or five, I went to the dentist for the first time," he said. "I got really excited, and I told my mom that I wanted to be a dentist. I always enjoyed my dentist —his name was David Sumikawa — he was super kind and nice to children. He really cared about his job, and that got me interested in this profession." For other people who wish to follow the biology or dentistry path, Nguyen encourages students to study and work hard and to not slack off. Additionally, Nguyen believes that by reviewing old school work and notes, you can build your knowledge up and be able to do well in more difficult classes.