“I’ve taken both online and night classes here at SMC. In the Design program, a lot of classes are at night because these are people who are already working, and they just can’t afford to waste time.”
“I think people should take all of their GEs first, because then you get into all of the fun stuff, and it’s a lot easier to finish up.” advises Christine Blevins in her third year at SMC. “I wish I’d done that myself, because now I’m taking a math class that I need to graduate, and I’m really struggling with it.” But Christine reports that she’s found a very able classroom ally to help her over this little hurdle.
“I’m pretty much a straight-A student, but when it comes to math, I can be a disaster!” she says with a wry laugh. “But I found a really excellent math teacher, Larry Saakian, and he’s the first math teacher that I’ve understood in the history of my life! He’s very patient and presents a million problems at the board. He cares so much, and he’s just an awesome teacher, really.” But this ‘Designing Woman’ is thoroughly focused on Interior Design and reports that—in that department—things are going swimmingly. “I want to be a kitchen and bath designer because that’s an area where you can make a
of money. And I’ve learned that the SMC program in Design is an excellent one because so many teachers come here from UCLA and other universities. Plus, it’s the only college I know of that offers a two-year Design degree. And I just can’t wait to get to work!”
Christine further says, “Nearly all of my classes are at the Academy of Entertainment & Technology (AET) campus, because they have every program you can imagine on the computers there. They have some really excellent professors from the fields of design and architecture, and it’s just a very nice and tranquil place to study. And 10 years from now—when I have my own design firm—the time I’ve spent at SMC will just feel like a very good dream.”