Alex Meyer was hoping to pursue a career in music when he graduated from Port Huron High School in 2007.
That all changed when Meyer attended SC4.
"My career goal was in music," said Meyer, a current graduate student studying theatrical stage management at the University of California, Irvine. "I still love music, but now I really have a passion for the theatre.
"Those years at SC4, I got into arts classes and even took piano lessons. I started to hang around with the theatre folks. I became very active in the drama club.
"The staff at the college sort of lit a fire under me. They helped me explore different things and were very supportive."
Meyer, 26, credits "good friend and old mentor" Tom Kephart for helping him grow as a student during his years at SC4. He said he also enjoyed working with instructors Buzz McNash and Jim and Patricia Frank.
Meyer dual-enrolled at SC4 during his senior year of high school. He transferred after two years at SC4 to Western Michigan University.
"The dual enrollment was very good for me," Meyer said. "Starting college can be a bit scary. It helped soften the transition from high school to college."
Meyer has two years remaining in graduate school at UC Irvine. He is busy this summer working with the New Swan Shakespeare Festival.
"I'm about an hour southeast of Los Angeles," Meyer said. "It's a little too hot for me living in the desert. Hopefully, I can end up back in the Midwest like Chicago or Detroit or maybe even somewhere like Washington, D.C.
"I want to work in a community-based theatre. I want to be in a theatre that has dialogue and helps people."
Meyer said it's important for incoming freshmen to get involved in clubs and ask for help if they are passionate about something.
"If you don't ask the question, the answer is always no," Meyer said. "If you're excited about something, tell somebody and they can help you get the ball rolling."