What it’s like to be a working high school student
The Corporate Work Study Program at Cristo Rey has over 100 partners across Silicon Valley. Environmental Volunteers being 1 of those many that has joined Cristo Rey this school year completely virtual! Our 2021 education intern, Miguel, will be sharing a little bit about his experience with Environmental Volunteers through the Corporate Work Study program.
A little bit about me, I am the only child of my parents who grew up in Mexico and came to San Jose in their adult years to have me, so I’m a San Jose native. In my free time I like to bake, read, and travel. I go to Mexico every summer to visit my family in Michoacan and explore different places in Mexico. Before the pandemic, I was the director of my school’s Folklorico dance group. We performed at schools, parties, fundraising events, and corporate companies. It was something we all looked forward to after school to help get our minds off things. I am also the president of the Ambassadors club and a member of the Student Leadership Society. Being involved with my school and working to improve it is something I have enjoyed doing over the years.
What I have learned this year while working remotely is that it takes a good amount of patience and the ability to be comfortable with learning and getting used to a completely new environment, my dining table. Video calls fail, microphones break up, and computers slow down. So finding ways to go around these common problems is something that I have gotten used to. Although my contributions to Environmental Volunteers have all been indirect, I still feel like my work has helped them in some way whether it was with getting interaction using social media, educating the public about the environment with social media posts, maintaining a calendar for the EV staff and volunteers, or helping revamp class materials. I’m glad to have the experience of working with Molly and Christine and helping them with some projects as they have been amazing supervisors, always flexible and open to getting to know their intern.
I am currently a Junior so colleges and universities are right around the corner for me. I plan on studying Social Work as it is something I have become passionate about especially while in Cristo Rey where we do a lot of advocacy work, community service, and learn about social justice.
For the summer, I tend to travel to Mexico to visit my family. I was unable to last year because of the pandemic but now with safer measures I will have the opportunity to go again. I also recently got accepted to Georgetown’s Summer Program where I’ll be spending three weeks learning about critical college writing, experience a college class, and learning about admissions and financial aid.
By, Miguel Ambriz Valdovinos, Environmental Education Intern
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest form of appreciation is not utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy