Author: Sam Ehrhart

Shayne Shintani

Shayne Shintani is a 20-year-old Secondary Language Teaching major here at KCC. As a native from Kailua, Shintani is in his third year of college. He wants to graduate from KCC with an associate’s degree and then transfer into UH Mānoa.

With his degree, Shintani hopes to teach English to foreigners who have recently moved into Hawaiʻi, especially people from Japan. He also wants to become a professor’s assistant for a school in Japan or at UH Mānoa for the Second Language Studies Department.

“When I was in high school, we had many students from Japan who couldn’t speak English very well,” Shintani said. “It was my job to help them learn English, and that kind of inspired me to follow this path.”

Shintani has taken five years of Japanese language in school, and is now in his first semester of American Sign Language (ASL).

Shintani’s advice for people who wish to follow his career plan is to “never give up on your goals, do your best and keep on working,” he said. “It’s great to know about and understand other students’ languages.”

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Matthew 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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  • Michelle BonillaMichelle Bonilla
    In her third year of school, 20-year-old KCC student Michelle Bonilla is taking prerequisite classes as a pre-nursing major. The Honolulu native initially began her college experience at UH Mānoa in Fall 2017 but after experiencing difficulty due to the competitiveness of Mānoa's Nursing program and feeling small within the university's large population of students, Bonilla decided to take a step back and transfer into KCC. "I realized that sometimes you just have to start small and you just have to do things at your own pace ..." Bonilla said. Since becoming a KCC student, Bonilla said it is easier to communicate with professors and become closer with classmates. This has encouraged her to run for vice president of Student Congress for the 2019-2020 school year being that she hopes to explore new avenues while getting to grow her connections with those of KCC.  Eventually, Bonilla plans to transfer back to UH to achieve a bachelor's degree in nursing.