Alumna crunches numbers and takes on college with panache

The days are long and the numbers hypnotizing during this busy tax season for college sophomore and CRSM alumna Leslye Soberanes. Not only is her mind focused on maintaining her 3.5 GPA and supervising a collegiate dorm, she’s working nonstop nights and weekends to help immigrants prepare and file their taxes. With a double major in accounting and marketing, she … Read More

Striving to be Accountable: Alum returns to CRSM to help students and their families

Seven years ago, Edwin Medina took his dream to become an accountant and headed to college, determined to one day return to Cristo Rey and help students and families struggling with financial challenges. At 23, the Class of 2011 graduate is back! Armed with a degree in accounting and business administration from Robert Morris University, Medina has traded the classroom … Read More

Alumni Making a global impact: From Cambridge to Guatemala and Waukegan

Oh, the places they’ve gone! From the Peace Corps in Guatemala to Marian University in Indianapolis, and Dominican University and Arrupe College of Loyola closer to home, about 50 alumni, teachers and staff gathered on Dec. 14, 2017 at Salutos Italian Restaurant in Gurnee to celebrate the Christmas holiday and reunite with former classmates. Sharing pizza, memories and stories from … Read More

Peace Corps transforms alumna into better global citizen

When Susy Gonzalez decided to join the Peace Corps she had just graduated with a degree in Justice and Peace Studies from Georgetown University, where the focus was on “empowering vulnerable populations.” “I wanted to go and live the experience firsthand,” says the CRSM Class of 2011 graduate. “I wanted to see how the people lived and to find a … Read More

CRSM Alumna: An advocate for survivors of violence

Since her freshman year at Cristo Rey St. Martin, Esmeralda “Esme” Silva has been determined to employ her natural compassion toward others into a full-time career. She remembers the epiphany moment when she realized on a Campus Ministry retreat that being nice and a “sensitive person,” who wanted to help others weren’t character flaws. Instead, her innate compassion had a … Read More

CRSM Alumna: Becoming an architect of social change

Meet Katia Astudillo, a 20-year-old Class of 2015 CRSM graduate whose bold vision is driving her to create a promising career in architecture. A junior at University of Illinois at Chicago, she spent her summer interning for JGMA, the progressive Chicago architecture firm that is transforming the former Waukegan K-Mart into into a vibrant and innovative education facility that will … Read More

Change maker is finding her calling in the classroom

Putting in long hours every day in the classroom, Ariel Filion spent her summer teaching reading and creative journaling to fifth graders through junior students in a Boston school. “Ms. Ariel,” to her students, the Class of 2015 CRSM graduate is a junior at Colorado College. Her commitment not only to teach, but to advocate for marginalized students, drew her … Read More

Engineering Success: Ambitious alumna is trailblazing a career in technology

Meet Klarizsa Padilla, a member of the Class of 2013 who just graduated with a computer science degree from Georgetown University. This fall, she is headed to Columbia University in New York City where she is pursuing a second Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. As a mentor for Georgetown’s Women Who Code organization, a Google student ambassador, an … Read More