Author: Lexus Yamashiro

Tengfei Shi

Tengfei Shi is a 17-year-old KCC student from China pursuing studies in the field of Natural Sciences. Shi’s decision in coming to Hawaiʻi was due to his parent’s wishes for him to study in the islands. He said that he’s always had an interest for the science and engineering field, sharing that he hopes to find a career in architectural engineering.

To pursue this dream, Shi will be moving to Los Angeles in Spring 2019 to study architecture. Shi is still deciding between enrolling at Pasadena City College or East Los Angeles College.

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Julia Chung

Majoring in Hospitality and Tourism, Julia Chung is a first-year KCC student. From Honolulu, the 18-year-old chose her major based on the future career she is interested in becoming in the future, a flight attendant.

Having been taught the Japanese language by her mother since the moment she was born, Chung said she can use her bilingual skills in the airlines field to interact with passengers more effectively. Chung looks forward to traveling so that she can learn from every place that she visits.

In the meantime, Chung is taking a Speech 151 course to improve her public speaking and to ease the nervousness she often feels when opening up to others. Chung said that being in this class will benefit her in terms of what a flight attendant would have to do when demonstrating safety protocols and communicating with passengers on the plane.

During her free time, Chung enjoys hiking and going to the beach with friends.

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  • Erin TurbanErin Turban
    Erin Turban is a 36-year-old former KCC student from ‘Ewa Beach who has begun her first semester at UH Mānoa for Fall 2019. She originally started taking nursing classes, and one of those prerequisites was John Berestecky's Micro 130 class. She "found it really interesting" and is now pursuing a BS in Microbiology.  Erin enjoys hanging out at KCC. "I love it here!" she said. She can be found working alongside a research team investigating Campylobacter spp., a bacteria that is commonly found in poultry.  "We are looking for a specific gene that Campy has," she said. "It's the type VI secretion system, the hcp gene. This gene provides cells with a needle like method of passing on its genetic information to other cells."  Turban got involved in research by joining the on campus organization, Kapiʻolani Association of Research in Microbiology (KARM). "KARM has been a supportive environment," she said. :This will for sure help me with my Microbiology degree. I get to work with the equipment and learn techniques from Becky Kanenaka [a mentor for KARM], JB [Berestecky] himself, and my lab mates."