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Karene Dummett
Current FLC Student majoring in Psychology

"The staff here are great; they all have an uplifting spirit that really gets you pumped and ready to start your educational career."

Karene Dummett

When did you start taking classes with Folsom Lake College (FLC)?

After graduating from San Juan High School in 2000, I decided to take a 10 year break where I worked a variety of survivor jobs trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. During the summer of 2008 my husband and I both lost our jobs; as a result we decided to enroll in college. I started taking classes at Folsom Lake College in the spring of 2009.

What is your major?

I am looking to achieve my AA Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Social and Behavioral Sciences while working on my major prep for a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Sacramento State University, followed by a Master's Degree in Psychology. My goal is to become a counselor at the high school or college level, at the same time I would like to teach and pass on my passion for learning to the next generation of eager students.

Why did you choose FLC?

I chose Folsom Lake College because the faculty and staff welcomed me with open arms; they made me feel very comfortable and helped me throughout the matriculation process. Another reason why I chose FLC was the wide variety of student services available and the many programs that are offered such as EOP&S and CalWORKs. The greatest part of the enrollment process was meeting with a counselor and setting up an educational plan geared toward Psychology. The staff here are great; they all have an uplifting spirit that really gets you pumped and ready to start your educational career.

What was the best part of your experience with FLC?

My best experience at FLC was taking a Human/Career Development course with Barbara Lewis. I took this class in my first semester and we were given all sorts of interest and personality surveys so that we could narrow down our majors and figure out where we are going in our lives. Barbara Lewis was a wonderful teacher; every day she started the class off with a motivational poem, she was a great inspiration and definitely one of my favorite professors on campus.

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

I am extremely proud of myself that I returned to college after a ten year break. Also, I am proud that I have been able to do well in all of my classes and be accepted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. In addition, I am proud of the wonderful experiences I have gained by working in the Office of Outreach and Recruitment and Transfer Department. Working in those departments has given me the opportunity to connect with many students and help encourage them to stay in school by offering resources to help them succeed.

How do you feel Folsom Lake College helped prepare you for the future?

The great thing about Folsom Lake College is the wonderful faculty and staff that really go out of their way to see that you meet your educational goals. Counselors, professors, and other faculty members have been key to my success here at Folsom Lake College. Counselors like Chris Clark, Juan Flores and Camille Snow, have been a guiding light through the registration process each semester; they each have offered personal insight about their own experiences with college and how I might become a better student. Professors such as Lisa Sapra (English Professor), Kim Harrell (Kinesiology Professor), Geraldine Machado (Psychology Professor), and Jessica Hodge (Nutrition Professor) have all been an inspiration as well as a wealth of knowledge in their given fields. The passion they bring to class really shines through in their teaching styles and motivates you to become a better student. The faculty at FLC has been helpful, as well as understanding towards helping me reach my academic goals.

What are your future goals when you graduate from FLC?

My long term goal is to open a summer camp for youth and their parents, so that I can teach them how to: stay in shape, make nutritious choices, and tread lightly on our planet. In return this will help students make healthy lifestyle changes that will benefit their futures. By opening this camp, I would like to bring awareness to our local communities about healthy choices in addition to educating people about the dangers of obesity and unsustainable practices.

Karene Dummett
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