AS Budget Director / Economics

Cecile Parcelier

“My first semester at SMC I met our AS president, and he helped me to meet all of the important people. We just don’t have this sort of thing in France.”

When asked what she misses most about her native France, she had some very strong feelings about the culture, the language, and the beautiful cities. “But mostly,” said Cecile Parcelier, “I miss the food! The great dinners. And the wines. Mom sends me cookies sometimes. And I just can’t wait to get home for Christmas dinner!” But Cecile has plans that go far beyond the next heaping helpings of the canard a l’orange.

“When I first came here, I went to UCLA to learn English. And I felt a little lost. But then I heard about SMC and how it’s a much more intimate learning environment, and I learned about our student government. And this really helped me to get connected and make a lot of great friends. I just feel that being an AS Director has given me a lot of confidence. I don’t really have a lot of power,” she says with a laugh. “But at least I get to put the money in places where I feel it does the most good. And what I do in my position here,” she says in perfect idiomatic English, “is completely related to my major: Economics. ‘Cause we have meetings every week to discuss all the funding proposals we get from the clubs and other organizations. It’s actually very exciting work.”

Cecile plans to “transfer to the University of Chicago, because they’re Number One in my major, and I love that city. But I’m always going to remember SMC, because it’s been almost like growing up for me here. It’s not just the classes, it’s the entire experience here. The life. And I love it when people come up and ask me for advice and help. Because I know this college, and I’m in an excellent place to help and connect with every student I possibly can.”

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