Fidelis Folifac's summer orientation is just another day on campus. The incoming first-year student has been part of Georgia College Early College, a program that gives high school students an opportunity to earn college credit on GC’s campus. Through the program, he’s had opportunities to get involved on campus, which he’s taken full advantage of.
“I thought Early College was a great opportunity for me to get a head start on college, so I just went for it,” said Folifac, who was born in Cameroon, later moved to Canada and now calls Milledgeville home. “I’ve been able to get to know so many people on campus and see what Georgia College is really like.”
And Folifac has gotten that taste of college life. He served as the co-director for the Tunnel of Oppression, which was a student-led, interactive theatre experience where spectators were submerged into the oppression of marginalized groups. This year, he’ll carry the torch by being director of the program. For the incoming physics major, he says it’s opportunities like this that are unique to a liberal arts college.
“I was really inspired by the people here who have taken full advantage of a liberal arts education and used it to speak out on certain issues,” said Folifac. “I also plan to use my time here to help bridge the gap between the community and the college. As an Early College student, that was an issue that was always talked about, and now I have the chance to make a difference.”
Folifac, who says he has always been drawn to the math and sciences, will pursue the dual physics-engineering degree program Georgia College has with Georgia Tech. Looking forward, the first-year student knows he wants to get involved with MALE (Mentoring African-Americans for Leadership and Education) Connection, continue the book club he founded on campus as a high school student and pursue his interests in public speaking and politics. His go-getter attitude is attributed to his father but also his own personality.
“I grew up in Quebec and my dad was very involved with the community there—so I think part of me takes after him in wanting to become a leader on campus,” said Folifac. “But I’m also very ambitious and I have a desire to make an impact.”
Folifac says what ultimately sealed the deal in choosing Georgia College was the college’s foundation as a liberal arts university.
“I’ve seen first-hand what a liberal arts education looks like,” said Folifac. “It’s a place where you can get involved and discover yourself and that’s what I hope to do.