Spotlighting Emily Barraza

Fullerton College students come from all walks of life – each one with an individual story of how they arrived at FC, challenges and achievements they’ve experienced along the way, and most importantly, a goal of where they’re headed beyond Fullerton College. Beginning with this Student Spotlight and continuing throughout the year, we’re excited to share student testimonies. Their stories help connect us, inspire us, and give meaning to the fact that Community Lives Here.

Meet Emily Barraza!

Emily Barraza is a graduate of La Habra High School and entering her second year at Fullerton College with a goal to transfer to UCLA, UC Davis, or UC Irvine to study computer engineering. She is also planning to enter the U.S. Air Force and is intrigued by the thought of working for the Central Intelligence Agency. Outside of college course work, Barraza loves to workout, draw, spend time with family, and enjoys nature. Here’s what she has to say about being a Hornet!

Why did you chose Fullerton College?

I chose Fullerton College because of the STEM programs and because it has both a beautiful scenery and vibe.

What support programs have you encountered while at FC?

The Puente Program and EOPS. They both helped me become more comfortable with school which boosted my confidence.

What do you enjoy most about FC?

I enjoy how much the professors at FC care for their students and all the amazing opportunities the school offers. For example, free tutoring, book lending, therapy dogs (during finals week) and so on.

What advice would you give to new students?

The transition from high school to college is always a hard process. But as long as you are dedicated to your education, you will find ways to manage. I know for me, learning how to manage my time, social life, friends, and school was the hardest part of it all, but once I found myself and realized how important education is to me, my mindset became a lot stronger.

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