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. Their stories help connect us, inspire us, and give meaning to the fact that Community Lives Here.
Lianna Romero is a first-generation college student entering her second year at Fullerton College. As a kinesiology major her goal is to transfer to San Diego State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in pre-occupational therapy and continue her education at Loma Linda University until she reaches her career goal of occupational therapist. Outside of college, Romero keeps busy by spending time with family, cooking and volunteering. This semester, she plans to volunteer at a private occupational therapy clinic. Here’s what she has to say about being a Hornet!
Why did you choose Fullerton College?
To be honest, Fullerton College was not my first choice. I wanted to get away from home and be able to have a break from being in the same place for so long. I wanted something new. When it came down to choosing a school though, Fullerton was the closest and most convenient. I had no idea on how to get started, and then I joined the Early Commitment Program and my whole perspective changed. Through this program I was able to get so much one-on-one help and learn about all the different opportunities available. I quickly fell in love with the campus, and I felt confident and welcomed.
What support programs have you encountered while at FC?
I had the opportunity to be part of the Puente Program my first year and it was a life-changing experience. I got so much out of this program that really helped me get through my first year. We were provided with mentors, tutors, extra support in our classes, and we got to go on a trip to Northern California to visit college campuses – something I would have never been able to do on my own; I made so many new friends.
What do you enjoy most about FC?
The thing I enjoy most about Fullerton College is the people! From faculty to students, everyone is so kind and welcoming. I love that at this school I feel like I have a chance to really get to know a lot of people. Fullerton College is like my home away from home. I spend so much time here, and I get to meet so many people who have different stories and aspirations. The school is a very supportive community.
What advice would you give to new students?
It’s okay to not know what you want to do or where you want to go in life. Follow your own path to reach your goals, and don’t just follow what everyone else is doing.