Rebecca Smith Class of 2017
Nicolas Gomez Andujer Class of 2012
I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, where I expect to graduate in February of 2018. My research interests range from conservation of coral reefs, land use planning, coastal resource management and biochemical processes of the sea.My recommendation regarding Citizens’: Go for it!
Dorothy Sabbarese Class of 2014
I chose CHS after trying numerous other high school programs that I didn’t like due to their rigid structure and pre-determined pace.
CHS allowed me to work as quickly as I wanted on subjects that I had an aptitude for, and take a bit more time with the subjects I struggled with. The courses allow for the practical application of individual motivation and time management skills, giving a thorough education without providing counterproductive filler content, which allowed me to begin taking college courses for credit at the age of 16.
At the point of graduating CHS in 2014, I had accumulated 45 transferable college credits, which were all counted towards my BFA in studio arts with a minor in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, completed in December of 2016. Since then, I returned to the community college and am currently a full-time student there again working towards obtaining a Cosmetology License to expand my creative horizons, intermixing my art education with the art and science of hair, skin, and nails. I would like to attend graduate school for studio arts in the future, and plan to integrate cosmetology into my creative art practice and delve into the artistic side of the beauty and fashion industry as well.
CHS gave me the skills necessary to my college experiences through teaching me how to get the most out of information given to me, seek help when necessary, and complete coursework by myself without needing an educator holding my hand through the process. This style of learning set me up for immediate success and a smooth transition into college courses. It also allowed me to spend my time and energy determining what career and life path I wanted to take, helping me to develop a clear vision for my goals concerning my high school completion, college aspirations, and plans for higher education in the future.
While a student of CHS, I was on the Dean’s List every semester at the Community College where I took courses, and became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Additionally, I received multiple awards for my artwork, including two Best in Show awards at their Juried Exhibitions and a Nota Bene award. Having a self-managed schedule through being a CHS student allowed me to focus intensively on both my academic work and passions.
Timothy Sabbarese Class of 2015
I work best having clear cut objectives and assignments. The Citizens’ program was great for me because what I needed to learn was clearly laid out. The textbooks presented the material in an interesting way that sparked my curiosity to research topics further on my own which helped me to get through and enjoy the program. Although there was a lot of work I never felt overwhelmed and I appreciated having courses that were practical such as life skills, understanding government, economics, and multicultural issues. On top of all that, I was able to enjoy working at home in the company of my cat, who was a subject of one of my papers within the program!
I liked the clear and colorful textbooks and the easy to follow instruction booklets and study guides. It was great to be able to control the pace of my own learning. It was challenging enough for me to feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment.
After I graduated I continued with two part-time jobs and I gave myself a gap year from schooling to think about what I wanted to do in the future while saving money to be able so I could go further with my education. This fall I started to attend my local community college to pursue a certificate in advanced manufacturing. The program gave me a solid background, good study skills, and a good work ethic. I will be completing the program over the next year and I’m grateful that Citizens’ gave me the foundation that I needed to reach my goals and do it well!
Not everybody is like me in disposition and learning style. My sister started the program before I did. She is very different in the way she learns and studies yet it worked great for her and for me so I think that the program is good for many types of people with different personalities, strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles. We are both thriving and I’m sure that others who try Citizens’ will too.