“I’m a very hard worker and I’m always positive. Whatever I set my mind on accomplishing, I always give it 110%.”
In high school, Horacio Meza was a master of the ‘-ologies.’ “Yeah, marine biology, physiology... all of the Sciences, really. Those were always my favorite courses, and I always did well in them.” And now Horacio has set his sights on yet another ‘-ology.’ “I plan on going into radiology, and the reason I decided on this because—in high school—I had a teacher whose brother was in that field. And one day he came to class and explained all of the work he was doing,” says Horacio. “And I just thought, ‘Yeah!
what I want to get into!’ ”
In his first year at SMC, Horacio reports, “It’s all going really well for me, and I just find that SMC is an exciting place to be. I always knew that I wanted to go to college, and now I’m actually
it!” He adds, “My family is really happy about what I’m doing and that I’m getting all the chances that SMC is giving me. Plus, it’s really not expensive, and we can’t afford to pay the tuition at a big university. I’m also getting a lot of help through the Financial Aid Office,” he continues. “I feel like all the people that I’ve met here want me to succeed.”
Horacio was studying English at SMC’s Academy of Entertainment & Technology and reported loving the class—and the environs. “The Academy campus is a lot smaller and, I think, a lot quieter, too. So it’s a very good place for me to concentrate. And English isn’t really my best subject, so I have to just work extra hard.” Horacio plans on transferring to the UC system, then interning in radiology and joining a hospital staff. “Don’t ever let anybody tell you that you’re not college material,” he says. “If you sacrifice a little and dedicate yourself to learning, there isn’t anything that you can’t accomplish.”