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From SMC to Harvard

Enrolling at SMC was UCLA transfer Abraham Barkhoder’s “best decision.” Then, no paid consultants or LSAT tutors helped him get into Harvard Law School; he developed his own plan of attack. Now he’s sharing it, gratis.

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Flying High at Nike

Graphic design majors Bridgette Ricketts and Roland Gonzales never dreamed of becoming designers at Nike. That’s exactly what happened—after an apprenticeship with footwear design legend & SMC alum D’Wayne Edwards.

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Tight Connections: Olga Vagin

The life journey of Life Sciences instructor & UCLA research scientist Olga Vagin illustrated the importance of interconnectedness, reaching from a Santa Monica College room all the way back to her native Tashkent.

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Making Financial Fluency Fun

Worried about the lack of financial literacy education, Accounting professor Jenny Resnick decided to do something. Many colleagues joined in to teach students about things like debt management, tax planning, savings and so much more.

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After 65 Years, Mission Accomplished

Saul Isler, 85, wanted to earn a college degree—even though it had been 65 years since he dropped out of university. He found a culture that made him “kvell” at SMC, and on June 11, 2019, he walked across that stage... a graduate, at long last.

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Finding Herself Again

Having fled a difficult past, Aqueelah English was at a crossroads when she discovered SMC and its Guardian Scholars program for current and former foster youth. It saved her life, and she earned a 4.0 GPA during her first semester.

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