got a family tradition where everybody’s gone on to four-year
colleges. It would be a pity for me to break with that.”
many moments in ‘Ty’ Horton’s usual day for play.
He’s either at work in a supermarket for what he calls “pocket
change” or bearing down hard in his studies for an eventual
career in business management. But he recalls one recent moment
of recreation, gleefully, when he almost shot Keanu Reeves. “I
love going out to shoot paintballs, and Keanu was there one day.
I tried to shoot him,” Ty reports with a chuckle, “but
he was too fast.” And Keanu’s escape was unusual because
Ty normally hits what he sets his sight on.
to go into management in some white-collar field like telecommunications,”
says Ty who plans to transfer to Grambling College. “I think
I’ll be a good manager because I work well with people. I
listen. I’ve got good directional skills, and I’m a
people person. I haven’t been in the field yet,” he
continues. “But I know that once I set a goal for myself
in business, I’m going to be able to accomplish it.”
And one of the goals Ty has set for himself is an eventual MBA.
“I plan on pushing myself for that advanced degree because
that piece of paper talks,” he says. And he adds that he’s
received a lot of help through SMC’s Counseling Office.
Dobbs has helped me put together a program that lets me transfer
out of here after one year. And we’re making sure that all
my credits are going to transfer,” says the recent high school
graduate. “SMC has been a great environment for me to develop
my skills. This college is a big change from high school,”
he continues. “But my family is behind me 100 percent. They’re
really proud that I’m on the right track.” Ty doesn’t
see a day in the near future for any paintball rematches with
Hollywood stars. “Right now,” he says, “life is
all about serious business. And work.”