“I always knew that a community college was my only option, because I wasn’t a great student in high school. But now I really feel like I am the student I was meant to be.”
Molly Seldon was at SMC before she was in SMC. Okay, let’s have her clarify that. “I did the Summer Bridge program—which takes you from high school into the College—and it was awesome!” she says. “You take your placement test, and then you go into an English class. And I also took the Counseling 20 class, which teaches you all about time management and becoming an effective student. And the first day that I got to SMC for Fall semester, I knew exactly what was up, and I was ready for it.”
Molly actually had a lot of exposure to SMC long before she joined us. Her dad, you see, is Stu Seldon—a character if there ever was one!—who runs the computer lab at SMC’s Academy of Entertainment & Technology (AET). “I’ve heard that his students really love him,” says Molly with a delighted laugh. “And I can believe it, because he would always come home with these incredible stories about what was happening to him in his work.” But it’s not Molly’s intention to hitch a ride on her dad’s computer wizardry. Her future, she expects, will be involved in a much more interpersonal field.
“I’m probably going to major in Child Psychology, and I’m studying Psych 11 right now, which is fascinating. I’m already working at an after-school program for kids with learning disabilities. So I get to take what I learn in the classroom, and directly apply that knowledge at work. I’ve always related better to kids than to adults, and the kids seem to think I’m cool! So it’s just a lot of fun.” Molly harkens back to her Counseling 20 class for this piece of advice about being successful at SMC. “Whatever you do, learn to manage your time well here. Knowing when you have to be where is absolutely crucial to getting the most out of the College.”