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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  • Matthew YoshikawaMatthew Yoshikawa
    Matthew Yoshikawa is a 22-year-old student at both KCC and HCC. As a native of Hawaiʻi Kai, Yoshikawa is majoring in the Fire Program over at his home campus, HCC. As a fourth year student, Yoshikawa hopes to receive an associate degree from the Fire Program so that he can become a future firefighter, a job that he said he has always wanted to go into. Along with wanting to become a firefighter, Yoshikawa is also majoring in Botany here at KCC. "I took a couple of classes for Botany to see what it was like, and I liked it," he said. Yoshikawa's love for Botany stems from his likable and passionate instructor, Mike Ross.  As a 2015 high school graduate, Yoshikawa has interest in plants and loves to learn new facts about them. Along with looking forward to being a firefighter, Yoshikawa said that majoring in both a Fire Program and Botany is "a good mix."

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