Liberal Arts

Alan Pablos “It’s really up to all of us to do research that allows us to take full advantage of everything SMC offers.”

For Alan Pablos, the arts and the sciences have always been real strengths. Fittingly, he plans to make his career in the field that combines them both. “I’ve wanted to be an architect for as long as I can remember,” he says. “And 10 years from now, I hope to have my own practice and be creating some great buildings.” But houses and highrises aren’t the only things Alan plans to build. “I also plan to start a family while I’m working, because kids and family are very important to me.”

Alan, who only graduated from high school last June, reports that “SMC is pretty much the ideal place for me to start college. Here, you’ve got people of all ages and all ethnic types, and you can learn a lot from them. It’s just a really different crowd than it was in high school, and they help you learn how to be more responsible and structured.”

Alan says that night school has been a very positive experience in general. “Like right now, I’m taking an art class with Professor Frahm. And he’s very, very good. It’s 3-D Design, and though it’s pretty serious stuff, he always finds a way to crack jokes and make it fun for us. Plus,” adds Alan, “he’s also a sculptor and a real artist himself, so we can appreciate him on a lot of levels. And I think understanding art should always be an important part of architecture.”

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