A wrong turn put Dr. Lisa Fast on the right track. “I was driving around Oceanside one day, and I don’t even know how I ended up at MiraCosta, I must have taken a wrong turn.” Curious, Lisa parked, walked around campus and decided to enroll.
“At the time I was working in the drive-through at Del Taco,” says Lisa. “I never had any intentions of going to college; no one in my family had ever gone to college.”
While her first few semesters at MiraCosta were challenging, the instructors Lisa encountered inspired her to persevere and work harder. As a result, she graduated from MiraCosta with an associate degree, and earned a spot in the honor society Phi Theta Kappa. She then transferred to UC Riverside. During her last year as an undergraduate, she discovered a passion for psychology, which led her to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s and doctorate degrees in social-personality psychology at UC Riverside. With her doctorate in hand, Lisa faced a tough decision: pursue a career in research, or focus her energy on teaching.
“I really love research,” explains Lisa, who has coauthored numerous articles in psychology journals. “However, I realized that psychology research never provides an absolute answer, while I have found a tremendous amount of meaning in helping students. I particularly like helping students figure out where they want to go, what they want to do with their lives. So I turned my attention to teaching.”
Before joining the Psychology Department at MiraCosta, Lisa taught at La Sierra University and UC Riverside. She says she is thrilled to be part of the institution that guided her on the path toward higher education.
“I truly believe if I hadn’t come to MiraCosta College I wouldn’t be where I am today,” says Lisa. “I really looked up to my teachers here at MiraCosta; they inspired me to believe that I could do something with my life."
"Sometimes I catch myself thinking, ‘wow! I teach at MiraCosta!’ There is something so special about the teachers here, and I am honored to now be one of them.”