“I feel like I’ve evolved not just academically, but also as a person. At SMC, you just naturally get to know what you’re worth.”
It was a bit of a rocky road when Jezabel Gomez got to SMC three years ago. “I come from a different sort of background. A private women’s school that was very religious. My parents put me there because they didn’t want me influenced by public schools. But it was not a good experience,” says Jezabel. “But when I got to SMC, I really began to get the hang of it quickly. And that’s because the professors here are so heavily invested in your education, and in you as a person. I’ve had all good experiences with my teachers here.”
One teacher that Jezabel singles out for honors is Judith Remmes. “I had her for English 1 here, and she was a great professor for me. She really cares about her students, and we still stay in touch. And in her classes, she urges you to think deeply and critically about the material. So it’s not just about getting a good grade. It’s more about learning what your point of view is, and how you can express it. She really made me feel that I was learning lessons in life.”
Jezabel states, “I want to become a psychologist and a novelist. I’ve always been passionate about reading and writing, but I’m also fascinated by the human mind. To me, literature is a window to the human soul. And I think you have to understand the mind to be able to explain it all. And ten years from now,” she continues, “I’ll have graduated from some great university, and I’ll have published a couple of novels, too. SMC has given me the confidence to know that I can handle these kinds of challenges.”
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