got nothing from education when I was younger. But coming back
to SMC has so much more weight and value. It’s just magnificent.”
I was growing up I hated school. But as I became an adult with
some life experience under my belt, my thinking changed,”
says Cara Miller, full-time hairdresser and future art historian.
“My appreciation and thirst for knowledge have grown over
the years, and I’ve come to realize that education is absolutely
the most important thing you can have. And I’d like the younger
students to realize they’ve got a treasure here that they
should soak up every moment of.”
about learning with the same passion that she brings to the study
of her great love: art. “I’ve been in museums in 12
countries all over the world to study artists,” she says.
“And people must think I’m a little strange,” she
adds with a laugh. “I put my nose right up to the work because
I need to see the paint, the brushstrokes. And sometimes, when
no one is looking,” she confesses, “I just have to touch
it.” After a transfer to Hunter College in New York, Cara
plans to join the ranks—up in front of the classroom—with
some of the people she most admires at SMC.
had phenomenal teachers here like D’nese Granger and Mario
Semere,” she says. “But this whole new path opened up
for me when I took an anthropology class with Shirley Saint-Leon,”
she says. “We studied how succeeding generations of humanity
express themselves, and I realized that’s the story of us
all. It’s the lives of the artists that I want to study,”
she continues. “And teaching in the field would be just perfect
for me because I could get others to be as excited as I am about
art. And I could still have summers to travel and visit my museums.
The world really opens up when you travel.” Especially when
you travel to SMC.