Meet with a Counselor Regularly
Counselors will help you identify the best pathway to achieve your goal. Here are some things to keep in mind:
SMC is #1 among California Community Colleges in the number of counselors available to assist students like you.
Meet with a counselor immediately after you complete your English and Math Assessment tests and your Online Orientation to discuss your educational goals. The counselor will help you develop an ed plan to get you started. Meet with a counselor at least once per term, but more often is highly recommended.
MyEdPlan to develop and update your education plan.
Your education plan will show you exactly what courses you need and the order in which you need to take them.
Identify your goal (e.g., transfer, degree, certificate, entering the workplace) and discuss with a counselor how to best achieve it in the least time possible.
Work to identify the best major for you by the end of your first year.
Do take elective courses, but don't overdo it. Taking many "unnecessary" courses will delay your goal progress. Remember:
momentum is key!