Frida Sarabia is a senior at Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento. She works at Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael at the Cancer Institute in registry with Nurse Navigators, a professional group that helps cancer patients go through the treatment process. Being stationed in oncology, radiation and genetic counseling, she has gained unique insight into how the healthcare system functions. Inspired by her CWSP experience, she hopes to one day be an anesthesiologist.
Frida believes “Cristo Rey is extraordinary because students have the opportunity to gain work experience while studying. This gives you a chance to gain experience in the field you want to pursue and potentially even get a job in the future.”
Born in America, Mayra lived in Mexico for 12 years. She describes Cristo Rey as “not a regular school. It’s more like an experience.” Through CWSP, she has worked at Cisco Systems for two years and serves in the capacity of a Project Manager, understanding the technology pieces that need to come together driving everyone towards a common goal. “This school is a really good opportunity for me. It’s teaching me a lot of things: how to manage my time, how to look at someone’s eyes when I’m shaking their hand, how to give presentations. You wouldn’t learn that in a school that doesn’t have a work study.” She wants to go to Harvard University and study International Business. She got a head start when she attended Harvard summer school in 2016.
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"The teachers really want you to learn. I just feel determined to finish the year with good grades...You work hard at Cristo Rey because you want to go to college."
Cristo Rey New York '17
Perla Figuereo is a senior at Cristo Rey New York High School's Class of 2017. She was featured in Cristo Rey New York's 2016 Annual Report discussing the ways she has taken full advantage of her Cristo Rey education.
Tell us about your Corporate Work Study Experience. I’ve worked for J.P. Morgan Chase since I was a freshman. It gives me a sense of maturity and motivation because I am surrounded by young professionals who serve as role models for what I can become once I graduate from college.
What skills have you obtained through your job? At first I never took initiative. I was content with not having much to do. But then I became motivated by my environment and decided to make the best of my time there. I’ve also developed better communication skills. Not only am I more willing to start a conversation with an adult, but I’ve also made more of an effort to better my English and interact more.
Holy Family Cristo Rey '17
Chelsea is a 16 year-old senior, having skipped a grade when she was younger. She has maintained a 4.5 GPA or higher since freshman year and is a member of the National Honor Society. This strong work ethic translates to her CWSP placement as well, where doctors and patients appreciate her vibrant personality and her dedication to her work.
"I work at Alabama Neurology. I've been there since my sophomore year. I escort patients back to the rooms, get their weight, check their vital signs. We have great conversations...It helped me decide what field I want to go into...The work study is very different; it sets us apart from the average school. Because a lot of students, they've got the education, but until they get out there they don't know. We're a step ahead."