Two minutes with… Janira Cordova

Janira Cordova, Kings Los Angeles (Hollywood)'s Academic Coordinator, answers our quick interview questions.

What do you do at Kings?

I am the Academic Coordinator at Kings Los Angeles. Basically that means I am in charge of things related to class scheduling and testing.

How long have you worked at Kings and what did you do before?

This is about to be my fourth month working here. The first two months I worked in the housing department and then after that I transitioned over to my current position. Before Kings I had worked as an On-Site Program Coordinator, taking a group of students abroad to Asia on a short-term study abroad program.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

What I enjoy most about my job is meeting students from all over the world and seeing how enthusiastic they are about being here and learning English.

What do you like most about LA?

I would have to say the diversity of people and the food! LA is great for meeting all kinds of different people and learning about their cultures. It is also great for getting a little taste of different cuisine from all over. I’ve lived here my whole life and still have not tried everything there is.

Where is the best place you’ve visited?

My favorite place that I’ve visited is Kobe, Japan. The atmosphere and scenery is just so amazing. You can choose to go to the port or to the mountain and you’ll get a great view. I also can’t forget the delicious food there too.

What is the last book you read?

'Ready Player One' by Ernest Cline.

What is your favorite film?

'500 Days of Summer' [set in Los Angeles].

What would be your ideal character to play in a film?

The best friend. I’d be the person the main character comes to when they have a problem and then I’d give them some advice to resolve their issue!

Which well-known figure would you most like to invite to dinner?

Amuro Namie. She’s a well known J-Pop artist who recently retired. She’s always been a really private person so it’d be interesting to interact with her and talk to her about her music.

What is your favorite quote?

“It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop” — Confucius