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Corinne Barbee
Transferred to UC Davis in 2009

"I had the opportunity to make some great friends and take some of the most interesting and exciting classes, but most of all I don’t think I have ever had so many wonderful professors that I have learned so much from..."

Corinne Barbee

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

I started taking classes at FLC in the Fall of 2008 right after I graduated from Ponderosa High School. At the time, I was very disappointed to not be going away to school like all of my friends were, and I felt very lonely. And then the first day I arrived at FLC and felt the atmosphere there, with all of my welcoming professors and the friendly staff, I knew it was the perfect fit for me; and I was very happy and excited to see how my experience would turn out.

What was your major?

I didn’t have a major at FLC; I was just taking all preparatory classes which I planned to transfer as credit, if I got accepted to any universities in the spring.

Why did you choose FLC?

I chose to attend FLC because it was so close to where I lived in Cameron Park. I had heard from many other friends what a fantastic school it was, and after visiting the campus, I loved the atmosphere and close knit feeling it gave me.

What was the best part of your experience with FLC?

I had so many great experiences at FLC. I had the opportunity to make some great friends and take some of the most interesting and exciting classes, but most of all I don’t think I have ever had so many wonderful professors that I have learned so much from and really felt like I knew them on a one-on-one basis. Some of my fondest memories were of taking World Religions and Philosophy with Professor Chung and having the opportunity to visit and have an interview at a Buddhist church and learning some of the most intriguing knowledge about religions and philosophical concepts around the world from such an amazing professor. From reading through the folds of history some fascinating literature in Professor Fletcher’s World Literature class, with his pleasant and enjoyable teaching style. And to never laughing so much in one class with such an energetic and passionate teacher as Professor Haug in Communications who turned an otherwise painful experience of public speaking into a happy memory of such a wonderful person and delightful class. And most of all was my sociology class, Race/Ethnicity/and Inequality in the U.S. with Professor Hoffman. I have never been more intrigued or captivated by such a class and learning first hand from the lives and injustice stories from minority speakers. This class and the teachings of Professor Hoffman I feel really changed me, and help me cultivate my own paradigm of how I see cultures and minorities in society today, and appreciate the diversity we have in the United States.

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

What I am proud of that I have accomplished at FLC, is that only after one year of taking classes at FLC, I was accepted into two universities, The University of San Francisco and UC Davis. I was shocked and overjoyed and knew that without FLC preparing me and providing me such a fabulous education it would have never been possible. I was so proud that I was able to take such a chance and knowing I had the strong academic background was a comfort to know I could succeed if I put my mind to it.

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

I feel Folsom Lake College helped prepare me for the future by giving me the confidence in myself that I have every right and opportunity to better and further my education. I had professors that believed in me, and believed in my dreams and with that assurance I flourished at FLC and put all my efforts and hard work into my dream of transferring to UC Davis, and it came true.

What are you doing now?

As of now, I am taking Cultural Anthropology at FLC for summer school to get some credits ahead for when I arrive at UC Davis this fall. I will be transferring to UC Davis this fall as a sophomore transfer and will be majoring in Community and Regional Development. I am absolutely thrilled to be heading off a year earlier to Davis and I am so thankful to the staff, faculty, and administration of FLC for providing me with such an amazing opportunity as this. Every student should know that Community College is a wonderful experience and if you go to FLC one will see that their academic and educational dreams may come true, with tenacity, determination and the guidance of FLC’s faculty and staff always there behind you.


Corinne made the Dean's Honor List her first quarter at UC Davis.

Corinne Barbee
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