Hiba Lachgar, 21
Pictured with Chief of Police Johnnie Adams
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Transfer Aspiration: Transferred to UC Irvine
Desired Degree: Master’s or PhD
SMCF: Tell us about your role as a leader at SMC.
HL: As a leader, I have continued to help the police department with anything and everything they need of me - even when I just volunteer my time. I have helped celebrate diversity and changed some stereotypes both as a Muslim and as a woman. I feel that I am a leader to other women out there - Muslim or not - to embrace their interest in law enforcement. I learned to balance my school work with my dedication to the police station and my job. I am greatly appreciative of my opportunity to be a leader for SMCPD as a Cadet. The opportunity has helped me grow tremendously and for that I am forever grateful.
SMCF: Why did you choose to attend SMC?
HL: I chose to attend SMC because I’ve heard lots of great things about this school, such as the high rate of graduates/transfers, and great faculty and staff. Plus, who doesn’t want to be so close to the beach!
SMCF: What about the SMC environment motivates you as a student?
HL: I absolutely love the “closeness” that comes with being a student at SMC. I feel that most of the students and staff/faculty know each other, and you can be assured that as a student you will always find someone to help you. This is what I miss most about SMC.
SMCF: “PROUD TO BE SMC” is the alumni chant. What are you, as an individual, most proud of?
HL: I am proud of all the accomplishments – big or small – that I achieved while being a student at SMC.
SMCF: What three (3) words best describe your experience as an SMC student?
HL: Motivation, inspiration, determination.
SMCF: Final question: What words of inspiration would you share with a new student starting at SMC?
HL: Don’t ever take being a community college student for granted, you will look back at these years that you’ve spent at SMC and you will find some of your greatest memories to take with you on your future endeavors. Don’t forget that you’re not alone – there are plenty of great resources that SMC has to offer, just ask around!