“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

“THINGS HAPPEN FOR A REASON”: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHEYANNE WILLIAMS

I met Cheyanne Williams (CRSM ’15, Loyola University ’19) at a coffee shop near Loyola University to discuss the road that has taken her from CRSM to Loyola University to her recent acceptance into Georgetown Law.  The following conversation has been edited and condensed. Good to see you again. Congratulations on your acceptance at Georgetown. Last time we met you … Read More

“WHO SAID YOU CAN’T?” An Interview with Brigitte Calma Layug

As a Biochem Quality Technician in Abbott Lab’s Diagnostic Division, Brigitte Calma Layug (CRSM ’12, Knox College ’16) has been chasing her dreams since she arrived in the US from the Philippines. Her accomplishments are impressive – and wide ranging. From Division 3 volleyball to Biology to languages to rap music, Brigitte is still moving at a remarkable pace. We … Read More

“PERSISTANCE”: An Interview with Jonathan Catalan

Recently hired by Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, a prominent multi-program social service agency, Jonathan Catalan (CRSM ’14, Loras College ’18) agreed to sit down with Cristo Rey for an interview to talk about his journey from Cristo Rey, to Iowa and back again. He stopped by Cristo Rey St. Martin on his way to work in Round Lake … Read More