Nannini has been so much more than a counselor to me. He’s
been a friend, a mentor, and a guide in where I’m going in
the comedy “Groundhog’s Day”—where Bill Murray
lives the same day over and over? For Harmony Rousseau, life,
in a sense, was very much like that. But it was no comedy. “I
had a really hard time going to school as a child, and I began
to believe that I would just never be a school person,” she
recalls. “It was a bad time for me: very disappointing and
sad.” But in 1999, Harmony made her way to SMC and a discovery
that would change her life.
Dan Nannini in the Transfer Center, and he got me to pour my frustrations
and my heart out. And he said, ‘I think you need to get a
little testing done.’” But the “testing” Dan
was thinking about wasn’t the academic type that had driven
Harmony to despair. Rather, it was a series of evaluations that
would bring Harmony’s despair to an end.
the Center for Students with Disabilities, they found that I have
incredible difficulties processing language. I mean, I have to
read everything three or four times to get it,” says Harmony.
“But just knowing that this was the problem was a huge relief,
and I got accommodations, help, and resources through the Learning
Disabilities Program. And this has helped me to build my confidence
as a student,” she continues. “I’m definitely using
everything SMC has to offer, and I think it’s just a fantastic
study is and will always be a formidable challenge for her, Harmony
has parlayed her great intelligence and drive into a 3.5 GPA.
“I’m going to major in Psychology and eventually transfer
to UCLA,” she says. “But I feel I’ve really grown
into myself at SMC. If you have the courage to reach out, you’ll
find fantastic services and help here. I’m succeeding and
becoming…smarter. And my life is now filled with so
much substance and depth.” For one young SMC woman, life
has become a proposition filled with ‘Harmony.’