teachers here are the best. They’re funny and they teach
in an exciting way that helps you capture stuff in your head and
came to the study of Japanese in a rather interesting way. “I’m
a great collector of Japanese animation,” he explains. “During
the mid 80s, there was this robot craze and I just fell in love
with the art. I started collecting books, posters, comics; a ton
of stuff.” Shannon has taken several classes in Japanese
and plans to continue them. “I’ve got a Japanese pen
pal I write to once a month,” he says. “And I’d
like to be able to write whole letters to her in Japanese.”
But just now, Shannon is bearing down hard in the SMC library
to prepare for a career in x-ray technology.
didn’t have much of an idea about what I wanted to do when
I got here. But that changed last summer,” says Shannon.
“I’ve got a cousin who’s an x-ray technician at
UCLA and she really influenced me. She took me with her to work
and showed me the process of x-raying people. And I thought, ‘Wow!
This is doing medicine! This is really cool!’” So Shannon
is pushing on with his required classes with an eye on transferring
works part time as a theater usher to help put himself through
school. “The shows at night are when the big business is.
And then, when the theater empties,” he says with a laugh,
“they have us cleaning up like dogs.” Shannon expects
working as a technician in a hospital to be a vast improvement.
“Working as an x-ray technician is a secure career,”
he says. “You don’t get laid off like you do in other
jobs. You meet a lot of people that you can help and—who
knows?—maybe even make some pretty good money.”