AS Director, Academic Support / Neuroscience

London Tran

“One of the best things that I’ve done here was to join a club right away, and then become one of its officers.”

“Yeah, I joined the UNICEF Club at SMC, which has connections with the actual organization,” said London Tran, now AS Director of Academic Support. “Through that experience, I met all sorts of people who were involved. And involvement just keeps generating so many different kinds of opportunities and connections.” London states, “It’s really telling when people come to SMC from all over the world because of our transfer rate and overall reputation. So for me, it was an absolute no-brainer to just walk right down the street to come to this college.”

London, also a member of the SMC Honors Society (Alpha Gamma Sigma), reports absolute confidence in the path he’s chosen for himself. “I have no doubts at all about getting into UCLA,” he says. “But lately, I’ve been thinking about taking it to the next level, and that would mean an Ivy League school. I’m just going to shoot for the stars!” But whatever great university London lands in, he plans on spending a lot of years there.

“I’ll be at SMC for a while because of the intensity of my major: neuroscience, the study of the brain. And 15 to 20 years from now—because of all the science I’ll have to master—I plan on being a brain surgeon. There’s just no way to speed up the process,” he adds. “But I’m also getting involved in some entrepreneurial projects, so—just possibly—I can do something great for myself before becoming a surgeon. And I don’t have to wait for 20 years to do that. There are some incredible things I can do right now!” London adds, “With financial aid and all the scholarships I have, I’m practically getting paid to go to school. There just aren’t many colleges that give you all the opportunities that SMC does.”

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