CCCS Student Spotlight: Jennifer Gomez Carrillo
In the CCCS student spotlight, we feature one of the many students who inspire us every day. In this week’s spotlight, we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Gomez Carrillo, an outstanding senior at our West Sacramento site.
Jennifer’s teacher, Ms. Terri Hoyt, says that Jennifer is a dedicated, intelligent student who is graduating one semester early! She is a highly self-motivated learner, who is taking college prep A-G courses with a GPA above 3.0 and is always on track or ahead in all of her coursework.
Jennifer does all this while also working at Wal-Mart three half-days and two full days a week and helping to take care of her nephew.
Student Spotlight Interview
We asked Jennifer what motivates her, and she said: “First of all, my mom motivates me because I really want to make her proud and happy with the things I’m doing. My mom never had the opportunity like I have to go to school. She’s done so much for me and she’s given me the opportunity to do things that she didn’t have the opportunity to do.” Jennifer also wants to make the rest of her family proud, and said that she would be the first graduate on her Dad’s side of the family.
Jennifer has goals of going to community college, then transferring to a four-year college – maybe UC Davis. She wants to become a Veterinary Technician. She loves spending time with her dogs in her spare time … and also spending time with her cousin and watching documentaries.
Advice for Fellow Students
We asked Jennifer what advice she’d give to other students. She said:
“Try your best not to slack off. Things can kind of seem optional because it’s Independent Study and no one is right there all the time holding you accountable for it, but just get it done and ask for help when you need it. If you set yourself a schedule and try to be consistent with it, it will become a habit to you and it will be easier because you’ll get used to the routine.”
Jennifer also suggests asking for support from your teacher when you need it. She added: “Ms. Hoyt really helps me. If I have two essays in a week, she’ll help me schedule that so I can get it all done. When I first started going to CCCS West Sacramento, I was anxious to go to class. But it wasn’t a big group of students, and Ms. Hoyt told me it was okay to ask questions. At my old school, I wouldn’t ask questions because I felt shy, but I came out of my shell at this school. Ms. Hoyt is so nice and helpful and I’m really happy to have her as my teacher – she’s the best!”
All of us at CCCS are so proud of you Jennifer, and wish you all the best in your future goals.
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- Our new Photojournalism class
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