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Alexa Hechtman
Current FLC Student majoring in General Education Transfer

"The class sizes definitely made it easier to interact with other students and find people that have similar interests."

Alexa Hechtman

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

I started taking classes at Folsom Lake College in Fall 2011 after graduating from Oak Ridge High School. Enrolling in classes my first semester was tricky since I was a new student, but I was also stubborn and did not want anything but my first choice. Since I learned to be flexible when picking my classes, I've had no trouble with enrollment.

What is your major?

I started my journey at FLC as a biology major, but after taking Biological Psychology with Professor Fannon, I learned that I was much more passionate about psychology. Since I am also a pre-med student and will still need to take many science classes, I changed my major to biological psychology.

Why did you choose FLC?

I originally chose Folsom Lake because it was close to home and would help me to save money. I never planned on going to a community college because I was told that community college would take longer than planned and slow down my education. As graduation came closer, I knew it was the right decision and now I am quickly making progress towards transferring. Folsom Lake has been the perfect transition between high school and a university.

What was the best part of your experience with FLC?

One of my best experiences at Folsom Lake was finding new friends. The class sizes definitely made it easier to interact with other students and find people that have similar interests. I met students that will be lifelong friends and I'm so thankful I had the chance to meet them.

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

I am very proud of the dramatic change that I've undergone since starting at Folsom Lake. In high school, I was shy and was always afraid to take advantage of the opportunities at my school. Here, I have finally started to branch out and get more involved. I've found volunteer opportunities, and I'm currently working on chartering a Health Occupations Students of America Chapter. I never would have taken the initiative to get this involved in high school.

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

As I've branched out, I've also become a Student Ambassador. While I'm just beginning my journey with student outreach, I know that the program will help me to gain experience in leadership and prepare me for jobs. At Folsom Lake, I've also been able to work towards completing my general education, medical school requirements, and my undergraduate classes before having to transfer. Because of my work here, I know I'll be able to continue on to a university and complete my education.

What are your future goals when you graduate from FLC?

Next fall, I plan on transferring to UC Davis to complete my Bio-Psychology Degree. After Davis, I'd like to attend medical school and become a physician. I've always been interested in medicine and I want nothing more than to spend my time improving the quality of life of my patients.

Alexa Hechtman
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