2011 Graduate; Degree in Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship
"While at FLC, students do not live in a bubble of theory that misses the bridge to practical application. Rather everything is geared toward connecting to success in real life scenarios."
When did you start taking classes with Folsom Lake College (FLC)? What was your major?
I took one semester in Spring 2005, thinking I would pursue a degree in Communications. Then while looking for a part time summer job, I was offered a full time position in the Student Life Department at William Jessup University. I loved working with the students! On orientation days, they came in with dreams shimmering in their eyes and so eager to start classes. And I began to long to go back and finish my degree as well. Four years later, I resigned my position and signed up for classes at Folsom Lake College in Fall 2009. However, I changed my major to small business entrepreneur with the intent on taking classes towards my real estate license as well.
Why did you choose FLC?
It is close; I love the local campus! Also, both my children had attended years earlier and had great experiences at FLC. FLC provided competitive educations enabling them to excel at the four year colleges they chose. FLC also provides state of the art assistance with classes, scheduling, and student services.
What was the best part of your experience with FLC?
I loved the students. I found them all so interesting, coming from a wide range of backgrounds. In my intercultural communications class, our assigned small group included a Russian, a Philipino (culturally) but Chinese biologically, a Mexican, and myself, representing the ethnicity stemming from the effects of the "American melting pot" German, Welsh, English, and American Indian.
What are you particularly proud of that you accomplished with FLC?
I learned what I needed for developing a small business plan. I completed the classes that allowed me to obtain my real estate license.
How do you feel Folsom Lake College helped prepare you for the future?
All our professors daily connected what was taught in the classroom to the world around us. In my Business Law class, we were required to subscribe to the New York Times and often discussed articles and the issues they represented in class. The professors emphasized how what we learned today, would apply to tomorrow, pulling from their own personal experiences in the field they excelled at prior to joining Folsom Lake College. While at FLC, students do not live in a bubble of theory that misses the bridge to practical application. Rather everything is geared toward connecting to success in real life scenarios. I enjoyed how the things we learned in one class overlapped another adding layers of understanding.
What are you doing now?
Currently, I am working full time at Lyon Real Estate in El Dorado Hills.
What are your plans for the future?
I hope to develop residual income as a landlord of affordable properties, the kind of housing that would allow single parents a safe and attractive place to raise a family. I want to own and operate a local conference/retreat center where local businesses and organizations could hold all day training. I'd love to volunteer at a small business incubator that would help young veterans transition into state side employment and realize their dreams for a successful future. I plan on being a lifelong learner.
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