“I wonder how the staff at CRSM had any patience with me”: An Interview with Marco Carrillo

Marco graduated from CRSM in 2012. Immediately after graduation he went to art school, studying animation graphics. He now works for a production studio in Chicago as a motion graphics artist. He has a unique and positive attitude about art and creativity – one that’s been a driving influence in his life for as long as he can remember. I’m … Read More

“Grateful, Resilient and 100% Committed ”: An Interview with Ryan Scott

Ryan graduated from CRSM in 2016, and received his Bachelor’s degree in 2020. He is now working with a non-profit that focuses on supporting the development, growth and success of students in under-resourced schools. He is a full-time student success coach, partnering with classroom teachers in the city of Chicago, doing one-on-one tutoring and helping students cultivate social, emotional and … Read More

“Don’t forget to Dance”: An Interview with Sharon Zavala

Sharon (CRSM ’11, Allegheny College ’15, Northwestern University ’20) has a family background analogous to the majority of Americans – immigration, harsh living and working conditions, financial hardship, dreams of a better life and college for the children. It’s clear that Sharon’s successes have a theme: High grades at CRSM = lots of involvement in service projects. College scholarships and … Read More

“Don’t be intimidated. Ask questions. There’s good advice out there”: An Interview with Guadalupe Flores

Guadalupe (CRSM ’19) and I talked during a rare break from her intense schedule of work and nursing studies at the College of Lake County. As a recent graduate of CRSM, she has first-hand experience with the obstacles that the Covid-19 pandemic is presenting to college students across the country. She graduated with a high grade-point average and was accepted … Read More

“Commitment and Time Management”: An Interview with Cassandra Abarca    

Cassandra (CRSM ’18  Alverno College ’22) and I spoke on the phone not long after a Boston-based non-profit announced that she had been elected to the organization’s 2020-2021 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. Like most recent college prep graduates, her journey during the Covid-19 pandemic can only be described as unpredictable. But it is clear that her ambition and mastery … Read More