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Collegiate Friars: December 2016

A monthly spotlight, checking in on where recent Fenwick graduates are now. 

Laura_Gutierrez

Laura Gutierrez
 

Fenwick Graduation: 2016
 

Hometown: Cicero, IL
 

Current School: The University of Chicago
 

Current Major: Biological Sciences with Specialization in Neuroscience
 

Career aspirations: Neurosurgeon
 

Fenwick achievements/activities: 4-time All-State finisher in tennis; Lawless Scholar; National Hispanic Recognition Scholar
 

What Fenwick Teacher had the most influence on you: Mrs. Gallinari encouraged me as a writer, which I did not believe was my strong point. Also, she helped influence my decision to attend her alma mater.
 

What Fenwick Class had the most influence on you: Honors Chemistry with Mr. Farran. He was an awesome teacher and helped me realize I wanted to major in the sciences.
 

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to love again: Kairos
 

What opportunities at Fenwick do you wish you would have explored/explored more: I wish I could go back and participate in Banua at least once.

 

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Ryan Pierson


Fenwick Graduation: 2015

Hometown: Chicago

Current School: University of Notre Dame

Current Major: Mechanical Engineering

Career aspirations: Right now I plan to work as an engineer, but I might decide to go back to school for an MBA and see what happens from there. There are a lot of things that interest me, so I’m trying to keep my options open for now.

Fenwick achievements/activities: Lawless Scholar, Football, Baseball, Math Team, Kairos Leader & Rector, Write Place Tutor, Eucharistic Minister, Banua, Salutatorian.

What Fenwick Teacher had the most influence on you: The people in the Fenwick community make this place so special, so it’s tough to choose just one teacher. I would say that I’ve always looked up to Mr. Kleinhans because he embodies a lot of the things I hope to be in the future. He’s been very successful as an engineer and businessman, but he’s also a great person who devotes himself to his students. As my junior year physics teacher, he’s the one who inspired me to pursue engineering in the first place.

What Fenwick Class had the most influence on you: Again, choosing just one is difficult. I would have to say that speech with Mr. Arellano is one of the most valuable courses I will ever take. I’m a firm believer that public speaking is a valuable skill for any profession, and I really learned how to handle myself with confidence in that class.

Best Fenwick experience/the one you would like to love again: I spent a lot of time during my four years playing football and baseball, and I would love more than anything to lace up the cleats one more time. Going to practice every day didn’t always seem fun at the time, but playing sports at Fenwick was such a rewarding experience for me. I had so much fun playing the games I loved, and I learned plenty of important life lessons along the way.

What Fenwick experience changed you the most: A lot of people claim that Kairos is life-changing, but it’s actually true. I was fortunate enough to participate in three retreats, and each one was memorable for different reasons. Kairos really gave me the chance to form close bonds with my classmates, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.

What opportunities at Fenwick do you wish you would have explored/explored more: Fenwick offers such a large variety of clubs and other extracurricular activities that it’s just impossible to explore them all. For example, some of my friends started a microfinance club that really interested me, but I simply didn’t have the time to dedicate myself to it.

 

 

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