see many people being so aggressive about their careers that it
comes across like a madhouse.”
is the first to admit it: “Sometimes I need a little push.
And sometimes I need a little kick.” But he seems to be finding
plenty of push-as well as the occasional boot—at SMC. “The
people in the Scholarship office are just the best,” he testifies.
“I didn’t think I’d even apply this semester. But
Marcia Brown is such a motivator, and she got me really fired
up. I guess you could say,” he adds, chuckling, “she
kicked the ‘flake’ right out of me.”
Rick is taking
a lot of math and science in pre-engineering “to become an
electrical engineer, gearing myself towards sound and audio.”
He says that “I admire entrepreneurs who pick themselves
up by their bootstraps and launch a creative, money-making idea.
But I have a lot of arguments with people about how important
money is. The writers who talk about the positive spiritual values—like
Hesse and Dostoyevsky—have definitely made an impression
on me. But sometimes,” he continues, “I just feel like
it’s a tough world where we all have to take care of ourselves.”
technical support in a mail order company, Rick is already working
with the computer systems he knows will be the ultimate tools
of his trade. “But it’s hard juggling my classes with
work,” he admits. “Still, without a degree, you place
so many limitations on yourself. And with all the layoffs of qualified
people who were working in defense, well…I’d better
have every advantage I can get.”
that he is, Rick occasionally finds an extra hour or two on a
weekend. “That’s when I pile into my little ’68
Bronco and head for a couple of waterfalls up in the Angeles Crest.”
Escape. The ultimate engineering job.