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Christina Berry
2011 Graduate; Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Math & Science

"I really appreciated the smaller class sizes, individualized instructor attention, and hands on experience I was able to gain."

Christina Berry

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

I started as an advanced education student (which is a high-school student taking college classes) Fall semester of 2006.

What was your major?

My major was Biological Sciences (AS) and Psychology (AA).

Why did you choose FLC?

I chose FLC for a multitude of reasons, but these are my main reasons: 1) I had to pay my own way through college so my smartest financial option was to attend a CC for my general ed; 2) I really appreciated the smaller class sizes,  individualized instructor attention, and hands on experience I was able to gain (after I transferred to UCD, I had friends taking OCHEM there but sadly they didn't get to touch a GC or IR machine, while at FLC I got invaluable hands-on experience with these beautiful machines!).

What was the best part of your experience with FLC?

Sounds cheesy but it would definitely be meeting, becoming friends with, and falling in love with the man who I would eventually marry... Not so romantic when you realize that it was over lab beakers, study groups, last minute reports, and late night emails, but those were also some of the most memorable times.

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

I would have to mention the Hungry Student Project, a collaborative effort of myself and four other students to address the imminent issue of an increasing homeless and financially disabled student population in the local community during Spring 2010 (when the economy had taken a turn for the worst). What started simply as a class assignment developed into a project that could make a real difference - so we promoted awareness, facilitated food drives, recruited donations from local businesses, and established the Hungry Student Food-closet on the Folsom Lake College campus by collecting over 1,800 items. The project was recognized as a student success story in the The Falcon's Post. Although I am unsure as to if the food closet was maintained or not, I believe it addressed a need at that time and for that I am proud.

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

Folsom Lake College helped me prepare first for a successful educational experience at UCD by providing a solid educational basis for further studies. I had some top-notch, highly intellectual professors at UCD but the reason I was able to appreciate their research was due to the work of the professors at FLC who provided the solid and thorough educational foundation. FLC was a great college and I am proud to have experienced the benefits of such a great faculty! My educational successes are largely because of their efforts and personal investments - so my successes are really theirs also!

What are you doing now?

I graduated from UCD June 2012, married the amazing man I met many years ago in Dr. Holzberg's Biology class at FLC, and now I am working as a Research Associate for Natera, Inc, helping women and families by providing non-invasive prenatal screening. I have also spent a great deal of time this past year working as a tutor and mentor for high-school and middle-school students at Youth NOW Student Center, a non-profit organization in the low-income area of Watsonville, CA.

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to go back to school within the next two years to become a Physician's Assistant and use my education to provide health-care to impoverished or over-looked societies.

Christina Berry
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