Terrance Ware Jr., 20
Associated Students President
Pictured with Interim Associate Dean, Student Life Dr. Nancy Grass
Hometown: Watts – South Central – Los Angeles
Transfer Aspiration: USC
Desired Degree: Master’s degree
SMCF: Tell us about your role as a leader at SMC.
TW: My role at SMC is socially, politically, and economically impactful. On an everyday basis I interact with students and guide them towards critical solutions on any problems they may have here at SMC. As the President I must lead the board in completing, starting, and initiating new projects. I must be able to adapt quickly and solve issues immediately when they arise.
SMCF: Why did you choose to attend SMC?
TW: SMC is number one in transferring to USC. Initially when I graduated from high school, I was accepted to the 6 out of 6 universities I applied to (CSUDH, CSULB, CSULA, CSUS, San Diego Christian College, and Grambling State University (HBCU)). Out of fear however I didn’t apply to USC, but planned to transfer from one of the universities I had been accepted to. My Economics teacher showed me the light in coming to SMC, so I did.
SMCF: What about the SMC environment motivates you as a student?
TW: EVERYTHING, the people and opportunities motivate me most. SMC embodies the City of Los Angeles – any career path or occupation can be pursued and conquered here at SMC.
SMCF: “PROUD TO BE SMC” is the alumni chant. What are you, as an individual, most proud of?
TW: Becoming president of the best community college in the United States.
SMCF: What three (3) words best describe your experience as an SMC student?
TW: Advocacy, Determination, Leadership.
SMCF: Final question: What words of inspiration would you share with a new student starting at SMC?
TW: Things will be hard. Take on the challenge, you will and can overcome any obstacle during your time at SMC. Don’t be afraid of the process, ask questions, ask for help, make genuine connections and stay connected. The best thing you can do here is get involved, so do it. Being involved on campus and making good grades will ensure your success not only at SMC but at your dream university as well.