was a second chance. It’s helped me make an all new record
never thought much about the sciences and math while in high school.
He was a talented artist and was winning awards. “But I really
wasn’t happy being that one-dimensional in my studies,”
he says. “So SMC has opened all the doors for me to Math
and Science.” It was tough. “I had to go into it ‘cold
turkey,’” he recalls with a chuckle. “But now I’ve
progressed all the way to linear algebra, and I’m liking
that his new areas of study are just another approach to the kind
of discipline he’s always found in his art. “And I’m
planning now on going into computer science or engineering,”
he says. “I’d like to get into computer graphics or
computer-aided design,” he continues. And John, who has studied
music with Lida Beasley, has progressed to the point where he
runs a synthesizer keyboard through his computer. He then adds
various “paintbox” programs to produce effects that
combine math, music and art—all in one high-tech package.
John is currently
studying German to be able to speak with the locals when he visits
a brother in Europe. He’s making full use of his SMC opportunity.
“It’s such a great deal here in terms of price. But
beyond that, you’re in a class with, maybe, 30 other students.
And it’s a professor—not an assistant—that you’re
learning from.” John also finds the quality of speakers at
the school inspiring. “It’s just amazing to find world-class
people like astrophysicist Stephen Hawking on our campus,”