Alumni Interview featuring Finausina Tovo (aka Fee)
Why did you choose Foothill?
I attended Foothill College in 2007-2008 and chose it because of it’s prestigious reputation and impact it had on transferring. Also, because it was close to home (I live in East Palo Alto) and I had been commuting to Hayward for over a year for school.
What inspired you to go into education as a career?
After I graduated from UC Riverside, I came back to work part-time at Foothill College. Currently, I’m an Admissions & Records Assistant at College of San Mateo. I also got into San Jose State University’s Counselor Education program. Ever since I started Community College, I knew that I wanted to be a part of something that had impact on society. We choose to either observe others making a better future for their lives… OR …we become a part of it and assist in just a small chapter of their HUGE book of goals. Pacific Islanders, like myself, understand how important education is, but they do not fully understand what it takes. If I can be a part of education, it will be easier for me to approach this subject to a community of Pacific Islanders to make a step forward in education.
What’s one word you’d use to describe foothill.
Miracle. The experience, networks, and lifelong friends I have made from Foothill are a huge part of why I am still in the education despite the budget crisis. Their passion of making education happen has rubbed off on me and I have embraced that passion myself and made it a part of my life. I am a WALKING proof that an urban resident with a single parent who has all the excuses of not succeeding in education can still go and make it bigger than the stars.
What do you have to say to current Foothill College students?
Excuses are used to justify your failures. When you realize that you are tired of making excuses, then it is time. I am not here to judge you. I am not here to baby you, I am here to say that it is real. Community college improves society. No matter what your goals are, educating yourself will bring you 4 steps closer to your dreams. I am not the person to tell you everything will be alright. That education was so easy and I never had a negative experience. BUT I am the person to tell you that after all the struggles and relentless studying, it was all worth it. God did not say it was going to be easy, just worth the fight. You, it is all about you. Whatever your motivation is, use it to be your sunshine during the rain. Cheers!