education at SMC has spanned sub-atomic particles to quasars and
everything in between—including classical flamenco guitar.”
has a rare gift for the spoken word which he attributes to “my
mother, who read to me from the very earliest.” But he initially
viewed himself as a visual artist. “I wanted to be a sociological
photographer,” he says. “But I didn’t want to be
impeded by the business side of it, so I decided to major in political
science.” This decision will undoubtedly be applauded by
his family which includes large numbers of lawyers and a judge.
“I’ve pretty much decided to be a prosecutor or enter
the foreign service in the diplomatic corps,” says David,
who will transfer to Berkeley this fall. But his road to academic
excellence wasn’t always a smooth one.
surprise some to know that this scholarship winner and member
of the SMC Honors Society dropped out of high school. “I
couldn’t submit to the rigors of public education,”
he recalls. He ended up as a pharmaceutical technician, but quickly
passed his equivalency exam. “The result was that—when
I felt I’d matured enough emotionally—I came to SMC,
the same year my graduating class arrived. So I didn’t miss
a step.” And he’s not lost any since.
that “SMC is the catalyst that turned my life around. And
I must thank Professor John Bowles in math who taught me critical
thinking and analysis. Words cannot express…,” says
David, at a loss—for once—of what may well become his
stock-in-trade. As to the future? “I hope to apply the ideas
I’ve learned here to the world at large,” says David.
“Hopefully, this will somehow lead me to helping people find
the unity that is so necessary if we’re to build a healthy,