Current FLC Student majoring in Political Science
"I feel that I have chosen the right direction for myself."
When did you start taking classes at Folsom Lake College (FLC)?
I began my journey at FLC in the Fall of 2009. I started immediately after graduating from Union Mine High School.
What is your major?
My major is Political Science. When I was younger, I would have never imagined that I would be interested in politics, but after taking a class with a very influential professor, Deanne Repetto, I was hooked. She opened my eyes to a world that let my personality shine through; that's when I knew political science would be my major. I love to serve the people and I felt with the knowledge and experience this major could provide, I would definitely serve as a great representative for the people.
Why did you choose FLC?
To be perfectly honest, I never thought I was going to attend a community college. When I was a senior in high school, however, as the months progressed toward graduation, I still had no idea what I wanted to do with my life; that is when I decided to get my general education completed at FLC. The education that I received thus far exceeded my expectations, and the best part was that I could afford it myself. I didn't think that it would be smart of me to spend thousands of dollars at a 4-year university when I had no idea what I wanted to do. Looking back at my decision, I can definitely say that it was one of the best choices that I have made about my future.
What was the best part of your experience at FLC?
I have learned so much about myself through my experiences at this college. I have made so many friends, connected with professors, and received 3.24 GPA (honors) which was the best outcome of all! The best experience I have had at FLC was being involved in student clubs and activities and is the reason why I love going to college. Being involved in more than just classes is the best way to make new friends and make great connections with professors and future employers.
What are you particularly proud of that you accomplished at FLC?
I am definitely proud that I have picked a major that I immersed myself in. Leaving high school with no idea what I wanted to be or do with my life was very scary, but now that I have taken multiple college courses and combined that with some hands on experience, I feel that I have chosen the right direction for myself. It is difficult to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life, but once you do, it feels like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders and a million different doors have opened for you.
How do you feel FLC prepared you for the future?
I definitely feel that many experiences here have prepared me for the future. Having to do everything for myself has taught me time management, great study skills, and the ability to find what I need by utilizing the resources available. But I mostly feel that the classes here have prepared me the most for my next step in my college and a career. The biggest difference between high school and college is students are here because they want to be here and they need to be responsible for themselves. At FLC, you are expected to read the textbook, study, do the homework, and talk with the teacher on your own time instead of in class. Everything is on the individual now, and if you mess up, all you can do is blame yourself. Going through this process has definitely helped me grow as an adult who is responsible.
What are your future goals when you graduate FLC?
I hope to graduate in the Spring of 2012 from FLC and transfer to UC Davis in the Fall. At Davis, I plan to get my Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and hopefully land a killer internship along the way. I can't wait to be involved in clubs and activities where I can meet other students who share the same interests as me. My overall career goal is to work in the government as a representative of the people in any way, shape, or form. I feel that it is very important to have someone represent the opinions of the citizens in the proper way, and that is something I feel that I could do. But my overall accomplishment that I would like to achieve is to become a college professor at a community college. I feel that in my life, I have met many professors that have made my life better in so many ways, and someday I want to be that professor. Helping students succeed and accomplish their goals is a great passion of mine as well.
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