Girl Undaunted: An Interview with Laura Pizano

Laura (CRSM ’13, MSOE ‘21) and I first spoke while she was in the middle of her family’s move to a new residence and as she was starting her e-classes at Milwaukee School of Engineering. Like most students across the country, she is adjusting to the tectonic shifts occurring across the academic landscape. She spoke eloquently about the challenges she … Read More

“Success Can Be Defined in Many Ways”: An Interview with Daniela Martinez

I first met Daniela (CRSM ’10, St. Mary’s University ‘14) at an alumni party in downtown Chicago. She agreed to speak with me about her travels from North Chicago to Honduras to Minneapolis and back again. Her casual demeanor and winning personality belies an intensely independent and ambitious person who has her own definition of success. The following conversation has … Read More

“CRSM has always been there for me”: An Interview with Dulce Zarinana

Dulce (CRSM ’16, Carthage ’19) and I met at CRSM the afternoon of the Alumni Christmas party. We spoke about her involvement with Campus Ministry’s volunteer trips, her bachelor’s thesis, early graduation from Carthage College and her aspirations in politics.   The following conversation has been edited and condensed.   Thanks for meeting with me. This worked out well, meeting … Read More

“To embrace accountability and responsibility”: An Interview with Liz Martinez

I met with Liz Martinez (CRSM ’12, Lake Forest College ’16) during her first visit to the new campus on Belvidere Road. Our conversation covered a lot of territory; from her extracurriculars at CRSM, through a family health crisis, to her successes at First Midwest Bank. The following conversation has been edited and condensed.   First of all, thanks for … Read More

“I would not be where I am without CRSM”: An Interview with Antonio Mancilla

I spoke with Antonio (CRSM ’18, Lawrence University ’22) about his experiences in the Cristo Rey Corporate Work Study Program, his course work at Lawrence University and his blending of Mathematics, Art and the Japanese language – just before his departure for Japan and a full year of study in Tokyo. ___________________________________________________________________________ The following conversation has been edited and condensed. … Read More

“Don’t Give Up; You’ll Get There”: An Interview with Jessica Borjon

I spoke with Jessica (CRSM ’07, Loyola University ’14) about her extended stays in the hospital during the school year, her experiences in the workplace and her quest to find passion for a career. The following conversation has been edited and condensed. First of all, thanks for taking the time for us. I know your job in human resources at … Read More

“Challenges Became My Fuel”: An Interview with Brisel Jiménez

I visited with Brisel (CRSM ’15, UIC ’19) during one of her visits to Cristo Rey St. Martin as a new full-time hire at Advanced Group, a staffing company operating across the US and Europe. She shared her experiences at Cristo Rey, University of Illinois at Chicago, and her work with the Corporate Work Study Program in Chicago and San … Read More