Six Smiths Get their Start at STLCC
For Laura Smith, the decision to enroll at St. Louis Community College was an easy one.
A mother of five, her connection to the College began in 2012 when her oldest child enrolled in courses at the Wildwood campus. Over the years, she and her four younger children have followed suit, each using STLCC as a springboard to their careers.
“STLCC has been an important part of our family’s college experience,” Smith said. “We feel fortunate to have this amazing resource in our community.”
After studying at STLCC, Smith’s oldest son, Jacob, earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Florida College. He is currently working in his field. Her second son, James Larkin, earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Washington University. In May, he will graduate with honors from Washington University School of Law. Her third son, Jonah, is pursuing a degree in health sciences (pre-medicine track) at Saint Louis University. Her only daughter, Julia, is studying nursing at Maryville University. Her youngest son, Josiah, is currently enrolled at STLCC-Wildwood, with future plans of becoming an engineer.
“While I earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting years ago, I’ve spent much of my adult life raising my children and being a home-school parent,” she said. “Over the years, I’ve watched my kids take a number of courses that sounded really fun and interesting to me. Now that they are in this stage of life, it’s the perfect time for me to focus on myself and my career goals.”
Smith is currently in her second semester at STLCC. She is working to complete the prerequisites needed for nursing. Outside of the classroom, she is active in the campus’ Science Club and spends her free time working at a local hospital.
Syed Chowdhury, Ph.D., professor of science, described Smith as a diligent student.
“Laura has a bright future ahead of her,” he said. “She’s ambitious, dedicated and thorough, and I’m confident she will achieve her goals.”
Smith is on track to be admitted to a nursing program next fall.
“I love learning new things and helping others,” she said. “This is an exciting time in my life, and I’m ready to take this next step in my career.”