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Mary Yurkutat
2007 Graduate; Degrees in Art: Studio Art, Art: Design, & General Education Transfer

"FLC has opened the doors to my future. All I have to do is realize it."

Mary Yurkutat

Why did you select FLC?

It was right near my home in El Dorado Hills and my work in Folsom.

What did FLC do to help you achieve your educational goals?

The courses and professors inspired me to desire more out of my life. Before I knew it, I was signed up for more classes in the arts. Then I was handling my general education classes as well. It was, and is, a wonderful learning environment.

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

Part time -- Fall 2003. I began by taking two art classes. I wanted to start expressing myself visually again and using my creativity.

What was your major?

Art Studio Major, Design Major, and General Education

What was the best part of your experience with FLC?

Meeting all the wonderful professors, students, and staff available to me. Joining clubs, deciding to get a degree, the list goes on and on. The support that I received from every department that I was involved with: Faculty, EOP&S, Students with Disabilities Services, Counseling Department, and even Administration.

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

An AA degree with 3 majors, Involvement in and president of FLC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and other clubs, my GPA, and being nominated by FLC and receiving the 2007 Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship. Also, because of the education that FLC gave and how I applied myself to it I was eligible for a UC Regents Scholarship.

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

FLC offers a rigorous program of study, I believe superior to most other 2-year colleges. My transfer on to UC Davis and my success with my further education classes are supported by that foundation. FLC has opened the doors to my future. All I have to do is realize it.

What are you doing now?

I am completing my BA at UC Davis as an Art Studio major. I will be a Senior in the 08/09 school year and will graduate in Winter or Spring Quarter of 2009. I am an honors student and am working on a research project for my Senior Thesis. I am currently investigating Graduate schools. I plan to get my MFA directly after my BA at UC Davis. I am also entertaining pursuing a PHD in Education if scholarships work out in my favor. I would like to attend Stanford, California College of Arts, or Cal Berkeley for my MFA.

Some students may feel unsure about going back to college after being away for a while - what would you say to them?

Do not hesitate! What is there to be unsure of? It is the best thing you can do for yourself and your future. After all, your future is as important now as it was when you were just getting out of high school. If I had not just stepped over that threshold look at the amazing opportunities I would be missing out on today and in the future.

Some students may want to pursue their passion - like art - but aren't sure they can do it. What would you say to encourage them to try starting at FLC?

My passion in this life is in art. It is a creative passion that I put on hold for over 20 years. Life is so much more wonderful now that I am being true to my purpose or passion. I say pursue your passion. You can start by going part time and taking one or two courses. Soon you will be on your way. If you are not sure what your passion is then going back to school is an excellent way to recognize your true passion. Life is a much happier place when you are pursuing truth in your passion, especially the truth of your own future.

Update:

After graduating from FLC, Mary transferred to UC Davis and graduated in two years in Spring 2009.

Mary Yurkutat
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