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Joe Krezanoski
Transferred to CSU Dominguez Hills

"FLC taught me how to be a critical thinker, inside and outside of the classroom."

Joe Krezanoski

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

I began taking classes at FLC in 2004 while I was a junior in high school and have taken classes in multiple stints prior and post bachelors.

What was your major?

In 2010 I graduated from CSU Dominguez Hills with a degree in Digital Multimedia Arts, emphasis in audio engineering. After deciding that I wanted to switch careers, I took the necessary nurse practitioner prerequisites at FLC.

Why did you choose FLC?

At FLC, I've noticed that the teachers really care about their students and its been easy to meet with them. I believe that having access to teachers is vital for a student's success.

What was the best part of your experience with FLC?

In large universities it is often difficult to forge a relationship with professors. But at FLC, I loved connecting with my passionate A&P, Microbiology, and Nutrition professors who were not only exceptional at making the classes fascinating, but structured the classwork in a relevant and useful way for future health professionals.

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

As someone who graduated with a 4-year degree in audio engineering and had no previous background in biological sciences, I'm proud to have been successful in all of my biological science courses and have been tutoring Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, and Nutrition at FLC since 2014.

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

I have been lucky enough to have had some great teachers at FLC who not only were adept at teaching their respected subjects, but pushed me to think broadly and challenged me to think critically. FLC taught me how to be a critical thinker, inside and outside of the classroom, and this proved to be tremendously useful as a United States Community Health Peace Corps Volunteer (2011-2013 Swaziland, Africa).

What are you doing now?

I have been accepted into a few different accelerated nurse practitioner programs for students with non-nursing degrees and plan on attending a program at beginning of 2016. I tutor at FLC and I also work as the Director of Design at Opportunity Solutions International and develop solutions to help alleviate health disparities in developing countries.

What are your plans for the future?

Once I become a nurse practitioner, I plan on diving deeper into global health issues and going back to Swaziland, Africa, to help improve the healthcare system there and beyond.

Joe Krezanoski
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