Student Stories


Santa Rosa Junior College is proud to educate thousands of students committed to academic excellence and engagement in their community. Read more about how these students' lives are directly impacted by their access to high quality education and the thoughtfulness of your contributions.

Paul Fein

PaulPaul Fein began taking classes at SRJC six years ago while preparing to transfer to Sonoma State University for a kinesiology degree. He returned to SRJC for classes needed for his goal of earning a master’s of science degree in biomedical engineering.

“I was surprised and impressed by the dedication and talent SRJC instructors showed towards their subjects and their students. I’ve had so many opportunities I wouldn’t have expected at a four-year college, including small classes, one-on-one instruction, and unique independent study opportunities. Instructors went the extra mile to assure that my extra efforts were rewarded. My teachers have continually inspired me to keep reaching high.” 

As a member of the inaugural SRJC Teaching Fellows program, Paul says, “It’s a great opportunity to test the waters as a teacher. I’m excited to learn more about teaching, and this experience will hopefully make me a better candidate when I apply for a teaching position.”  

Lesly Caballero

Lesly CablleroLesly Caballero is majoring in Environmental Sciences at SRJC and aspires to transfer to a four-year university for a career in environmental education. She’s passionate about engaging diverse communities in the outdoors. She’s been an intern through “Environment for the Americas” at Muir Woods doing bilingual outreach to families, and was recently selected as one of eight interns nationwide through the “America’s Great Outdoors” grant and will spend the 2013 summer working in Alaska.

“I am the first in my family to attend college. SRJC has been a very welcoming school, from the students, instructors to other staff members. Instructors are always available to meet with students during office hours and this has contributed to my success. The SRJC Puente Program was a positive experience my first year because I learned about what the college has to offer and transfer requirements. The dedication of instructors to this program has made me more confident about my future educational aspirations.” 

Robert O'Brien

RobertRobert O’Brien has been an energetic student leader on the Petaluma Campus.  He served as vice president of the Petaluma  Campus Associated Students, on the Arts & Lectures Committee, and participated in the Puente program. He’s also been a volunteer at Petaluma Valley Hospital, worked as a caregiver for the elderly, and interned for a Santa Rosa City Council candidate. Robert plans to apply to the SRJC Radiologic Technology Program, with a goal of getting a bachelor of science degree in radiologic sciences for a career as a hospital x-ray technician.
“As a high school dropout, SRJC has given me a second chance at my education. SRJC has also helped me advance both socially and intellectually by upholding close relationships with employees and students of the campus, and I’m inspired by the devoted and conscientious SRJC community."

Patty Crawford

PattyPatty Crawford aspires to become a nurse, and in one semester achieved excellent grades in microbiology, physiology, anatomy and statistics while managing to squeeze in time for an SRJC ballet class. Patty graduated in spring 2013 with an AA in natural science and is applying into the SRJC nursing program.

“SRJC has given me the opportunity to go back to school after having my daughter without incurring financial debt. It’s a goal I’ve had for a long time. I appreciate the availability of classes and being able to arrange a flexible schedule. I’m in a hurry to get done.”