Feature

Graduation Issue 2018

Story and photos by Audrey Scherer,

staff reporter

Ashley Shickler,

Staff Reporter

 

Daniel Sanchez

Daniel Sanchez

GED

 

Plans after graduation

His dream job is to become an ER nurse and he would like to write a book about his experiences in the ER, he said.

“I’m really excited at this moment. All at the same time extremely nervous,” he said.

 

Advice for students

Do not give up. Keep trying and anyone can eventually succeed, he said.

“Once you do, it will be one of the best moments of your life,” he said.

 

Experience with CNM

CNM provides students with an individualized experience which makes them feel like the whole school is supporting them, he said.

 

 

Monica Prince

Monica Prince

GED

 

Advice for students

“As I got older, I understood that education is really important,” she said.

 

Reason for college

She wanted to further her education not just in cosmetology, but academically to have a back-up plan for providing a better life for her son, she said.

 

 

Kailyn Aragon

 

Kailyn Aragon

Child Development Certificate

 

Advice for students

The long hours get hard, especially if you work full-time and have children, but if you keep going it is worth it in the end, she said.

 

Experience with CNM

She loves the teachers; she loves how they work with students, she said.

“They understand that we have lives outside of school, that we don’t take our education for granted,” she said, “They understood us.”

 

 

Amanda Martin

Amanda Martin

Integrated Studies

 

Plans after graduation

She is going to UNM in the fall for a bachelor’s and ultimately a Master’s in Management Information Systems. She wants to make sure everyone and their information is safe, secure, and protected, she said.

 

Experience with CNM

“Teachers are always there to help, it’s been a great experience,” she said.

 

 Alexander Little

Alexander Little

Computer Information Systems

 

Advice for students

Look for jobs and internships before you graduate because it can take a while, he said.

Doing something at the same time can make school a little less disparaging, he said.

 

Experience with CNM

He really liked the small classes, he said.

“It was really neat to have 1-on-1 time with my professors,” he said.

 

 

Antonio Downie

Antonio Downie

Integrated Studies and Network Administration

 

Plans after graduation

“I figured I’ve been doing it for so long and fixing all this different stuff, it’s good to have the education behind it because it makes you remarkable,” he said.

 

Experience with CNM

“Teachers really give you a chance,” he said.

 

 

Esteban Garcia

Esteban Garcia

Associates in Welding Technologies

 

Advice for students

“Just work hard, man. It’s all about what you put into it,” he said.

 

Experience with CNM

“The instructors from the welding program are awesome. They really care about the students and want you to go forward. They really care about your future,” he said.

 

 

Nicole Gutierrez

Nicole Gutierrez

Associates in Welding

 

Plans after graduation

She is looking for a job in town and after she has saved some money she is going to fix up her truck and take it across country to work in the piping industry and see the country, too, she said.

 

Advice for students

“Just work really hard and stay at it and the rewards will come,” she said.

 

Experience with CNM

She loved her welding program and instructors, she said.

“They are amazing; they put in way more time and effort than any other instructors,” she said.

 

 

jennifer langdon

Photo provided by Jessica Langdon

Jennifer Langdon

Degree- Accounting, Associates

 

Advice for students attending CNM?

“Do the work, go for whatever your passion is, I changed my major four times. Even if you don’t find something right away that works, keep trying, there’s something out there that you will fall in love with,” she said.

 

 

 kellei schear

Kellei Schear

Degree- Culinary Arts, Associates  

 

What was your favorite thing about taking classes at CNM?

Every instructor seemed like they really wanted the best for their students and that they were there to help in whatever way possible, she said.

 

 

hannah gajeton

Hannah Gajeton

Degree- Business Administration, Associates

 

Plans for the future?

“I want to follow in my dad’s footsteps, he’s got a million master’s degrees, he’s got a really good job and I kind of want to follow in his footsteps with school. I want to learn as much as I can,” she said.

 

 

marissa gonzalez

Marissa Gonzalez

Degree- Biology, Associates

 

Advice for students attending CNM?

“Don’t do something that you’re going to be unhappy with because I have seen so many people who have done things that they’re not happy with and they are just miserable at their jobs,” she said.

 

 

patrick

Patrick Hurtado

Degree- General engineering, Associates

 

What led you to this career path?

 He has been driving race cars since he was eight years old, so racing played a major role in his life, as well as working on cars and doing automotive engineering, he said.

 

 

 

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