Anna Eyfer, 20
Inter-Club Council Communications Officer
Pictured with Interim Associate Dean, Student Life Dr. Nancy Grass
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Transfer Aspiration: CSUN
Desired Degree: Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education
SMCF: Tell us about your role as a leader at SMC.
AE: I see my role as a leader as one who must inspire and empower other students to become leaders. I joined the Chabad Jewish club during my first year to give myself a sense of community and purpose. During my time as a club member, I became increasingly more involved in my culture and in assisting with events. Soon enough, I was inspired to take on a leadership role within the club, and I served as club president the following year. From there, my involvement as a club leader led me to run for the position of Inter-Club Council Communications Officer. In my new role, I am now able to promote and inspire involvement and participation in student life on campus with the next generation of student leaders.
SMCF: Why did you choose to attend SMC?
AE: SMC was the best fit for me because I am very family oriented, and I was unsure of how I would handle the transition to a university right out of high school. I have an amazing support system, and I thought SMC would be a great addition to my support network. I believe that SMC has given me so many opportunities that I would not have had otherwise.
SMCF: What about the SMC environment motivates you as a student?
AE: My professors have been a constant source of inspiration to me. I am majoring in Early Childhood Education, and they inspire me to challenge myself academically and personally. My counselor here has also been a great resource by helping me to manage my anxiety when I made mistakes. This kind of support and motivation has truly helped me grow as a person. I have learned to trust and motivate myself.
SMCF: “PROUD TO BE SMC” is the alumni chant. What are you, as an individual, most proud of?
AE: I’m most proud of how I’ve been able to increase student involvement and the sense of community we have here at SMC. I have helped organize and participated in on-campus events, connected with classmates outside the classroom, and established positive relationships with faculty and counselors. I see students who are curious about getting involved but may feel hesitant. I want every student to feel like they can be part of the SMC community.
SMCF: What three (3) words best describe your experience as an SMC student?
AE: Enjoyable, Educational, Unforgettable.
SMCF: Final question: What words of inspiration would you share with a new student starting at SMC?
AE: This will be an experience of a lifetime! You have to make the most of it and do your absolute best. Just because this is a community college, doesn’t mean you should just go to class and then leave. You must get involved and create your own sense of community. You would be surprised what this amazing school has to offer. Please try to get out of your comfort zone and get involved, make connections, and create memories that last a lifetime.