Catching up with CCCS Graduate Christian Godoy
In today’s student spotlight, we are catching up with a graduate from 2019, Christian Godoy. We are inspired by Christian’s story of overcoming obstacles and learning to believe in himself and his future.
How Christian Came to CCCS
Christian started at CCCS in middle school. Having been expelled from a comprehensive middle school, Christian started thinking things like, “my life is over … I’m going to be a nobody.” When he found CCCS, he says it was “a stroke of luck” and that the entire environment was really helpful for him.
An Opportunity to Prove Himself
As a person with attention deficit disorder, Christian found the traditional classroom very challenging, whereas at CCCS the flexible, personalized learning “changed the mold” for him, allowing him to work at his pace. He felt like he had an opportunity to prove himself. The independent study structure was a good fit for him, and the field study opportunities through CCCS such as Nature’s Bridge at Yosemite, The Shakespeare classes through Oregon State University, and the Baja trip with Student Reach are some of his favorite memories. At the Baja trip, he made a close friend who is still an important part of his life today.
Seeing Student Value
The best thing about CCCS for Christian was teachers giving him acknowledgement that he “desperately wanted and needed” by seeing his value and letting him know they were going to help him as much as they could. He says he didn’t get that level of support other places, and he needed those connections and for people to understand the way his brain works. Christian says, “I learned there are other routes I can take be successful and I should take advantage of those routes.”
The Day He Graduated
At one time, Christian had a hard time not focusing on the negative and worrying. Math, in particular, he thought would be the end of him … but then he got help with math from a teacher and he got through it! Christian remembers the day he officially graduated: “I went on the bus to go to work and I started crying. Such a huge weight was lifted, and it was like I realized no matter where I go from here, I did this! I graduated high school. I’m going to college. It was a beautiful feeling.”
Advice for Current CCCS Students
Christian’s advice for other students is: “I’ve been there. If I did it, I know you can do it. You can have a damaging past, but it’s really not how you fall, but how you get up. It seems hard now, but you’re going to get through it, as long as you take the steps to succeed. Everyone at CCCS is trying to help you – there’s no shame in asking for that help. Put in the effort, ask for help … just do it!”
What is Christian doing today?
Christian is in his second year at Sacramento City College, where he is a history major and a full-time student. He is also working full time monitoring alarms for a security company, a job he started when he was a CCCS student. About college, Christian says, “I will be honest, I didn’t start great, but that was a transition and now I’m doing well. I learned the hard way about keeping myself accountable. Now I know I can succeed in college and life.”
His plan is to complete his AA degree at Sacramento City College, then transfer to Sacramento State University or the University of California, East Bay. He also sees a law degree in his future.
We are so proud of Christian, for his perseverance in overcoming obstacles and for the amazing things he’s doing now. We can’t wait to see where life takes him … we love hearing from our graduates. Keep in touch Christian!
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