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Jayson Le Quesne
Current FLC Student majoring in Psychology

"I have really been able to discover myself here."

Jayson Alden

When did you start taking classes at FLC?

I graduated high school in Las Vegas back in 2008. At that time, I really wanted to go to college, but due to a family hardship, the timing wasn't right. It took me a while before I came back to school; I had moved several times and wasn't really sure what I wanted to do. I ended up moving to Folsom and I realized I needed to take my hardships and use them as a foundation to lift myself up and make something out of my life, so I made the decision to go back to school. I applied to Folsom Lake in the fall of 2010, unfortunately it was too late and the classes were full, so I did my first semester at American River College and loved it. I then transferred to Folsom Lake in the spring of 2011 and am so grateful I made the decision to pursue a higher education.

What is your major?

There are so many things I love to do and taking classes here has really opened my eyes to many new possibilities. I am currently studying Psychology and Dance, but plan to take classes to obtain a Registered Nursing Degree; eventually I want to become a Physician's Assistant. When I took dance, I never thought I would enjoy it as much as I do and now I find it to be a great way to express myself. Psychology was my intended major because I really wanted to gain a better grasp on how the human mind works. I knew I wanted to go into the medical field, especially after I suffered the loss of several family members. I see avenues for me to improve healthcare and patient treatment and for me it really hits close to home after going through two serious losses in my family. I aspire to be a patient advocate.

Why did you choose FLC?

Folsom Lake College stood out to me because of the strong vision and expectations it has for its students. The vision of the college is to "inspire excellence and provide educational opportunities to enrich and empower students." From the classes I have taken, it is evident that the faculty promotes this vision in the classroom with rigorous course work and projects that help develop life skills. I have had many great experiences with faculty and staff that has helped me achieve my educational goals. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge and continue working on my degree.

What was the best part of your experience at FLC?

I have met some amazing people here from all different backgrounds, experiences, and cultures. The faculty and staff at FLC truly care about education. I have really been able to discover myself here. I've learned so many things I never knew I would love to do and am grateful I have had these experiences. The student body has also enhanced my experience at the college and the diversity of our students creates new opportunities for growth and learning.

What are you particularly proud of that you accomplished at FLC?

I am proud of my 4.0 GPA; when I was in high school I didn't care as much as I should have about my grades or academic achievement. I promised myself when I got to college that I would put in the effort needed in order to obtain and maintain a high grade point average. My efforts have paid off very handsomely. During the summer of 2011, I took a Social Psychology course and got to do a project of my choosing with a friend. The professor found our project very eye opening and during the fall semester of 2011 she asked us to come back and present it to her class again.

How do you feel Folsom Lake College prepared you for the future?

The professors at Folsom Lake College are incredible. They are amazing at giving each student the individual attention they need not only to succeed in the course, but how to succeed in life with the skills and information obtained in each individual course. Dr. Dave Hill, a counselor and Human/Career Development instructor at FLC, has had a huge influence on my education. He has given me such a different outlook on college life. For example, he has taught me to treat college like a job; do your homework for you, not for your instructor. You can see his passion for teaching and care for his students. Another professor who has taught me great things is Ms. Debi Davis-Worth. Her passion for dance is infectious and she makes it a lot of fun. In our pre dance warm-ups she teaches us different stretches that really help give us much better movement and help strengthen our muscles to live healthy lives. There are so many professors here that have helped me with my pursuit of education.

What are your future goals when you graduate FLC?

I have as many future plans as I do majors. I eventually want to transfer to a four year university after I attain my AA in dance studies and psychology. I am currently considering going back to American River College and trying to get into their RN program once I have completed some prerequisites at Folsom Lake. With the career path I've chosen, my true goal is to help people whether it is medically or psychologically or even physically; I want to help people and inspire people. Eventually, once I settle down and have made my goals into achievements, I would like to take the knowledge I've gained and pass it on to young minds. Most professors at Folsom Lake College have lived extraordinary lives. From traveling the world to having extremely successful career's, each professor brings something amazing to the table and I hope that one day I can be one of those professors.

Jayson Alden
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