“I really like it at SMC because I’m always having fun with a lot of new friends. But you just have to be serious and work hard at the same time.”
In her first semester as a “newbie’ at SMC, Judith Manzour could report, “Honestly, I’m so new here I don’t even have a favorite teacher yet. But it’s a very social college, and I always feel completely comfortable when I get here.” Judith has to make that looong commute from the Valley to the Westside to pursue her education, but reports that it’s well worth it.
“I mean, it’s just so much easier to get the classes that I need at SMC than it is at the colleges closer to home,” she says. “Here they offer a lot more classes and programs than anywhere else. And I think the teaching here is done at a very high level. So I’m just beginning to feel a lot of confidence about the choice I made to come here.” Judith was currently immersing herself in a cultural anthropology class and wondering how that knowledge might fit into the ‘Great Puzzle’ that is her future. “I’m not really sure what I might be doing 10 years from now,” she admits. “But I may very well get into studying law, and a lot of lawyers have communication as their minor. But if that field—and media in general—appeal to me, then I might just keep on with it and see where it takes me. But one thing is for sure: I will be graduating and going on to graduate school.”
Judith reports, “My family is very proud and supportive of what I’m doing. They don’t want me to work, because they know how important my education is, and that I just don’t have a lot of extra time.” As a caution, she adds, “People just starting at SMC can get overwhelmed. But if they just allow themselves some time to adjust, things will fall into place. And they will find themselves feeling very pleased to be here.”