want to encourage people with kids to discover all the possibilities
open to them at SMC. You can find a way to make it here.”
time your workload gets you down, stack up your cares and woes
against those of Gabrielle de Encio. She’s a single mom.
She worked nearly full-time as the AS Director of Financial Support.
She had a severe car accident, and was in and out of hospitals
for months. She went through four roommates last semester. But
through it all, she kept her GPA high enough to virtually guarantee
her transfer to UCLA.
And all this
was while commuting—three days a week—from San Diego.
In one of
the greatest understatements ever made in a Schedule of Classes,
Gabrielle describes her last three years as “a little stressful.
But this is my final year, and I’m ready to move on,”
she reports. “I was tempted to stay even another year, because
I’ve loved it so much at SMC, and especially my work in the
Student Government—it’s amazing what you can learn about
political realities in that work,” she says. “And I’d
advise anyone to join in with the clubs and activities at this
college because they’re what really brings your whole experience
here to life.” What SMC has brought to life for Gabrielle
is a deep gratitude for the teachers she’s had with us.
Sociology teachers—Ms. Dishman and Mr. Massie—know everything.
Their information was beyond all limits. And through what they
taught me, I feel like I’m on the top of the world. And in
Dr. Gunn’s Psychology class,” she continues, “I
just fell in love with how she taught and how she was always there
for her students. I feel that I am so ready to be a Social Psychologist
because of what I’ve learned here,” she says. “And
I’m thoroughly going to miss being at SMC.”