Alumni Spotlight:

Interview with Flor Bautista

What community college did you attend?

I attended San Diego Mesa College for four years

What university are you currently  attending

I am currently attending San Diego State University and I plan to graduate in 2 years.

Are there any differences between a community college and university? If so, what are they?

To begin with, the way a community college grades you is based on an A, B and C scale whereas in a University their grading scale is based on A+, A,  A- etc. the plus and minus can really affect your grades and especially your GPA at the end of the semester. So make sure to study, do all your homework and participate in class to get the A because in the long run your grades depend on your success and how far your willing to go to achieve in your career. In community some professors can be flexible in terms of extending their deadlines or giving out extra credit to those students who really need it to pass the class as well as curving your grade. In a University the professors are more strict on deadlines and I haven’t had a professor yet that has given the chance for extra credit, but really they won’t give you the extra hand unless you go to their office hours and build a relationship with them. Most classes have their grade scale based on just quizzes and tests so it’s really up to you to go and find that extra time for your studying.

As a kid, what did you dream of being as an adult? Was college part of that dream? Has that dream changed?

As a kid I wanted to be a dancer or a firefighter. A dancer because I grew up watching and learning how to dance with my oldest sister who was in dance clubs, and a firefighter because where I live there is a fire department and I would always go outside my house and listen to the sound of their firetruck when they passed by. I saw them as heroes because they were human beings just like me who were risking their own lives to save others in the fire. I definitely knew I wanted to go to college because I wanted to gain the education my parents never got the opportunity to have as well as for the fact that my older siblings were going to college, they were my motivation to continue my education and reach my goals. My dream of becoming a dancer or firefighter has definitely changed when I found a passion for exercise science. I’ve been playing sports throughout my middle school and high school years and my first two years of community college which is where I gained interest in Kinesiology. I actually had to change my major four times! until I found out what it is I really wanted to do. So don’t feel discouraged at first if you enter college not knowing what you want to study.

What was the most important thing you learned at KC?

The most important thing I learned at King Chavez High School was learning how to take risks. Unforeseen opportunities come to those who are risk takers, it shows that you are confident and it helps you stand out from the rest of the crowd. We all learn from risks and those lessons may lead us on an important new path. You won’t achieve your dreams by playing it safe, so it is always good to take risks.

What skills from KC are you currently using to be successful as an adult?

I am definitely being punctual to all my classes and work, I meet the deadlines on time, I am also trying to put myself more out there, getting involved in school and building professional networks as well as being a team player. I try to use all the resources my campus has to offer because they are there to help me succeed in life. But most importantly becoming a role model my nephew and niece can look up to and rely on.

What is your  Major? Are you a  Full time  or part time Student ?

I am majoring in kinesiology emphasis as a exercise science generalist, I am currently a full time student at State, I am taking five classes a total of 15 units.

Do you have a job? Where? Full or part time?

I am currently working at the San Diego Zoo as part-time and I enjoy working in an environment where I get to meet new people from all over the world as well as make new friends and the best part is getting to see the animals for free! I enjoy coming into work because I know I am helping the cause to fight against extinction.

How has  the alumni association  benefited you?

The alumni association has been a great tool for help in school and providing me with the resources I need to be successful.

What advice can you give this senior class (and future classes) to be as prepared as possible for life after graduation?

In life nothing is handed to you but is earned with hard work, dedication and determination. Success comes with sacrifices and learning how to manage your time wisely. I would not have gotten to where I am if it weren’t for all my fails and several attempts to accomplish a goal. If you want something so badly you’ll find a way to get it no matter the limits, just remember the only person stopping you from reaching your goals is yourself.

 

 

 

Interview With Adrian G

As a kid, what did you dream of being as an adult? Was college part of that dream? Has that dream changed?

AG :  I’ve always wanted to go to college that has been a goal for me for as long as I remember.

What was the most important thing you learned at KC?

The most important thing I learned from King Chavez is the importance of family and community.

What skills from KCCHS are you currently using to be successful as an adult?

Some skills I took from KCCHS  is to be organized with your assignments and if you need help ask.

Why did you choose to attend  the King Chavez Schools?

I choose KCCHS  because of its commitment  to community and family.

What year  did you begin attending King Chavez?

2010-2011  8th grade

Are you in school? Where? Major? Full or part time?

I attend CSU Bakersfield fulltime. My major is history with education.

What does your everyday life look like compared to when you were in high school?

There is a lot more freedom but most of my free time I’’m doing homework.

Do you have a job? Where? Full or part time?

I am not currently employed, busy with school.  

How has  the alumni association  benefited you?

The alumni association has assisted and I am very grateful for their assistance. I was in a pinch and needed an access code for a class that came out to a ridiculous amount of  money. When I reached out to the alumni association , they  immediately  responded  and payed for the code.

How often are you in contact with your peer class from KCCHS?

Very often I made some lifetime friends at KCCHS.

What advice can you give this senior class (and future classes) to be as prepared as possible for life after graduation?

Use your time wisely and don’t spend all  your time in your dorm room. Get out and explore your campus and use the resources that are available.

 

Leo Q

Interview with Leo Quintero,

ASB President and

King Chavez Community High School Senior

Hi Leo, it’s great to be talking with you today and we are so thrilled on your acceptance to Point Loma Nazarene University!

As a kid, what did you dream of being as an adult? Was college part of that dream? Has that dream changed?

As a kid I actually wanted to be an astronaut, it was most probably inspired for my love for Star Wars. My young self attached on to technology to escape a personality crisis. I felt like I did not know myself nor how to express myself or how to make myself heard and technology aided my struggle. College has always been a dream for me since early middle school. I was told that statistically I was not going to get to attend college let alone graduate high school. Ever since I have been working to not be another statistic and work for a better life than that of my parents.

Can you tell us a bit about your family and background – Do you have siblings? Older/Younger? Where did you grow up? Did your parents graduate high school? College?

My parents immigrated to the United States of America and met in the Sherman community. I have 3 older step-brothers and two younger brothers. I was born in San Diego, CA and was raised both here and Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. My parents did not attend college or even attend high school.

At what age did you first hear talk about college? Who was it that was talking about it? In what context?

I am most sure that I was first talked about college in middle school at King Chavez Preparatory Academy. Colleges where everywhere! Each homeroom, or advisory, had a different college depending on where that teacher had went. I personally had Mr. Ko and I believe he attended UCSD.

How would you describe yourself as a student?
Honestly, I would describe myself as a chronic procrastinator with a crazy strong work ethic. Whenever I focus on something I give it my 110%! I love working with other people, but not working for other people. I am very dedicated and hardworking which really is the most important things for a highschool student. I am also known for being a “yes-man” and at times it is bad but it has gotten me pretty far in my extracurricular activities.

Why did you choose to attend/ end up at the King Chavez Schools? At what grade did you begin attending King Chavez?

I chose to attend King Chavez Schools because it is where I started. I remember being at the blue school when it was Martin Luther King Jr. elementary school, as well as before the huge mural of MLK was painted. I then attended King Chavez Preparatory Academy and heard about the high school. I wanted to go somewhere that was small, I wanted to make sure I was a student and not just a number.

What is your favorite subject in school? Is there a subject you can’t stand?

My favorite subject in school has to be math! I love math because it changes and always relates. One year we can learn something that we will be able to use later in another class in one way or another. A subject I cannot stand is history, I do not know why it is so hard for me! It is cool to learn about how things happened but my brain seems to not be pleased with the subject.

Have you had a teacher that really caused you to fall in love with school in general or a particular subject?

I had a teacher at Marvin elementary school, this when the Blue school sent me here for a G.A.T.E. program. I had a teacher, Mr. Eric I think, and he was a teacher that was very wise in man aspects! Similar to the great Ms. Arias. He would teach us interesting things about the world and taught us so well that we had time to watch all the Star Wars movies in class.

Who are your role models?

I haven’t really had a role model, but in the past couple of years Mr. Bradshaw has become a huge role model for me. He is a great and wise man that would like to grow up to be like. Obviously the height may not be possible, but in his way of treating others and being considerate, maybe. He has taught me to never give up, and that some doors close for others to open.

Can you sum up in a few sentences your favorite parts about high school, as well as the most challenging?

My friends have turned into my family, I’ve shared my tears of joy and sorrow with them. Everything that has happened has happened for a reason, nothing was ever just coincidence. I have learned a lot about myself and hope to learn more too, I am sure that I am capable of a lot. Throughout this time I have learned to cut off people that do not allow me to grow as a person, that use me and/or take me for granted. It really has been a lot of learning in and outside of school.

What did the college application process look like for you? (How many schools did you apply to? Which ones? Was PLNU your top school all along? Where else did you get accepted? What was the hardest/ easiest part of the process?)

The college application process was very stressful for me. I do not like talking about myself. There are things that I have been though that no one really knows about and it is hard to have to put that down to have colleges consider one worthy of attendance to their school. At the same time it is amazing to be able to think back to when life was at a low and how that turned out to be something important to me. I applied to UCSD, UC Berkeley, UC Riverside, and UC Santa Barbara, CSU San Marcos, SDSU, and some more. PLNU was always my top school all along. I got accepted to Point Loma Nazarene University, CSU San Marcos, SDSU, UC Merced, and CSU Dominguez Hills. The easiest part of the process was logging on to the application sites, other than that everything is very rigorous, a lot of questions, procedures, and you always feel like you’re missing something important.

Can you describe for us the moment you received your acceptance letter from Point Loma Nazarene?

Well I received a huge envelope from PLNU that says “Drumroll please…” which got me anxious. This was when I had injured my ankle and had went to the hospital. I opened it and took out what seemed to be a brochure. I was wrong. I had opened a congratulation letter that had a small speaker that played ‘CONGRATULATIONS, YOU’VE BEEN ACCEPTED TO PLNU!’ I was very happy and, more than anything, proud of myself. I did not really bust out in tears like other people so, I don’t know why but at times I have no feelings. Anyways, I got up and, I must admit it wasn’t the smartest decision I had made, I fell. My mom came out of her room to find me on the floor of the living room. She asked me “Que andas haciendo tu?!” (What are you doing?!) and I let her know that I had been accepted to my dream school. Since then I have kept it in my backpack and carry it with me everyday to school.

What do you plan to major in at PLNU?
I want like to major in Computer Science and/or maybe Business.

Are you going to live on campus or at home?
Am I going to live on campus? https://www.flickr.com/photos/plnu/sets/ That is a link to PLNU’s Flikr photograpthy site.

You’ve been very involved in clubs and student government at King Chavez, do you have any desire/plan to be involved in any specific clubs at PLNU?

Well I do not know about any clubs/programs yet but I know that I will be very involved.

What are you most excited for and most nervous about with regards to this transition from High School to College?

I am very excited to meet new people and form relationships. I want to start to learn about things that interest me. I also really want to travel in college. Some things that are nerve racking are that things are going to change, leaving my parent’s house, leaving my neighborhood, my school, and overall it’s the family that I made at KCHS that will be hard to say goodbye to.
We will you all the best as a Lion of the Sea and can’t wait to see the incredible things you are sure to do there and in all your future endeavours!

 

 

 

Leslie & mom and Dad

Leslie Cedillo At KCCHS 2013 Graduation With Parents

I recently had the opportunity to interview KCCHS alumni Leslie Cedillo and see how life post-KC is treating her. Here’s what she had to say…

 

What was the most important thing you learned at KC?

The most important thing I learned at King Chavez was to always give yourself a chance, to never give up. The reason I say this is because I was in the first graduating class at KC and there was people that believed my peers and I wouldn’t make it, either from completely graduating high school or even attending college. To this day I am proving those people wrong.

 

What skills from KC are you currently using to be successful as an adult?

There is a lot of adult ‘stuff’ that I am still trying to figure out… I am barely in my second year of college! But the Career Development and Leadership class that I took in High School has reflected my success so far in college and in my life. Through those classes I learned how to communicate, network, and how to just be a better person.

 

Are you in school? Where? Major? Full or part time? Transferring to?      

I am currently in my second year at San Diego Mesa College. I am studying Psychology full time and planning to transfer to San Diego State University. It has been an interesting, long process, but I am hanging on.

 

What does your everyday life look like compared to when you were in high school?

My everyday life in college is so different compared to when I was in high school. In college you are able to choose your own schedule. Currently, my schedule consists of having 4 classes only two days a week and the other three days I work. In high school, I would be in school from 8 to 4 and work on the weekends. So it is very different but I love it.

 

Do you have a job? Where? Full or part time?

I currently work at King Chavez High School as an AVID Tutor and Yearbook Director. As an AVID Tutor I am able to help out 9th and 10th graders with any questions they have in their classes. So far yearbook has been an amazing experience and I am looking forward to seeing the final product!

 

How have the alumni association and Mr Bradshaw benefited you?

King Chavez Community High School is one of the few high schools that has this program. It is a great program because it provides assistance to the graduated students if they need something such as a computer or a bus pass. Mr. Bradshaw has done an extraordinary job! This program has benefited me because I received a computer to use in college.

 

How often are you in contact with your peer class from KC?

I am in contact with a few of my peers from my class. We aren’t always in constant contact but whenever we want to meet up, we do.

 

What is your career goal? What steps are you taking now to get you there?

My current career goal is to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor. I am planning to get my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and later get my masters as well.

 

Is post high school life what you expected it would be?

Yes and No. In high school I saw everything as easier and more relaxed. Now I see everything differently because I don’t have time to waste because I do want to succeed and be everything that I dreamed of. It is more difficult than I imagined but I love challenges and that is what makes life interesting.

 

What advice can you give this senior class (and future classes) to be as prepared as possible for life after graduation?

The advice that I would give this years senior class is to stay on top of things. Do not let deadlines pass! Apply for all the scholarships that you can because you have nothing to lose.

 

grad-jacky

 

KCCHS

Graduate,2013

KCCHS Valedictorian

Scholarship Recipient of San Diego Foundation’s Adrian Gonzalez and the Rotary Club of San Diego

By: Jennifer Smith

If you drive the street of Logan Avenue around midnight, you might find one bright light illuminating the street—that of Jose Vera’s auto body shop. The father of three works seven days a week. Asking him if he closed his shop for Christmas Day, he looked at me puzzled, and said of course he is open Christmas Day. “I love my work. My dream is to have a big building of my own. I have respect for my work,” says Jacky’s father, who is a professional auto mechanic. “My ultimate goal is to open a mechanic school in Mexico for the poor people,” Mr. Vera says. Not only does Jacky’s father own his business but her mother also owns her business, right next door to the auto body shop. Her business, San Diego Sports Center, sells items such as sport’s team memorabilia and piñatas. It is the work ethic of both parents that Jacquelyne Vera, current freshmen at UC Santa Cruz, inherited.

 

While in high school, Jacky logged over 400 hours of community service at the Science Center and Natural History Museum at Balboa Park. She also applied and was accepted to the prestigious COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science) program, which has a 15% acceptance rate. She became the high school’s first ever Valedictorian. Most impressively, it was because of Jacky’s hard work that she was able to fund her entire freshmen year at UC Santa Cruz, valued over $32,000 through grants and scholarships. When did this desire to attend college begin? “When I was little I would watch The Discovery Channel and my older brother would take me to the Science Center at Balboa Park. My mom would read to us in Spanish and English and take us to the library a lot. My dad would always talk to me about history,” says Jacky.

It was this love of learning at a young age that carried over to high school. While at King-Chavez Community High School, Jacky excelled in the classroom. “I love the staff. I got along well with the teachers. My advisor, Ms McCrary, is someone I look up to. She’s someone I can count on. I really miss all the teachers, and staff at KCCHS. You could tell they really care about the students,” says Jacky. You can bet that Jacky was looking for this sense of community when she chose her college.

Jacky cannot say enough wonderful things about UC Santa Cruz. “I really like all my professors. I love everyone in my dorm building. I love my campus and there is deer everywhere!” Jacky is currently studying to be a Genetic Engineer. She is most interested in stem cell research and gene therapy and the impact both of these areas have on society. While she loves UC Santa Cruz and her major, she still misses home. “I don’t get to see my mom or sister on their birthdays. It also rains more in Santa Cruz and is way smaller with not as many things to do.”

A typical day at UC Santa Cruz involves waking up at 7AM to attend her 8AM class. She will then have another class which begins at 9AM, and one night a week she attends her 5PM class. Jacky spends up to three hours a day on homework. For the rest of the day, she will spend time hanging out with friends at her Video Gaming themed dorm or attempting wash clothes with 78 other people using two washers and two dryers. “I really love being in a co-ed dorm, we all share snacks, and make fun of each other,” says Jacky.

If Jacky’s life philosophy could be summed up on a bumper sticker, what would it say? She chose the famous quote from Spiderman, with great power, comes great responsibility. “If you have the ability to do something, you have to use it for the greater good and help out society and the world,” says Jacky.

It is 8PM on a Sunday night, and I am driving down Logan Avenue where two stores are still open—it is the Vera’s. I have learned from the Vera’s that hard work has no bed time. “Everyone is intelligent,” says Mr. Vera. “It is how you are working that matters.” You can bet that Jacky, although now in Santa Cruz, remembers this everyday.