I first started the C-TIES program the summer of my freshmen year in high school, which was June 2009. I continued in the C-TIES program until my senior year in high school. Throughout my high school years the program was very helpful because it taught me life skills that aren’t taught in school. The program has helped me earn my own money to help my family financially. I earned money by attending the C-TIES class and by working during the summer through the CTIES job placement program. I was able to buy my own school supplies each year because of income from the program, and I even helped my younger sister with some of her school shopping.
The most important thing CTIES has helped me with is interviewing and how to prepare for an interview. Along with doing well in an interview, the program has helped me build a resume and cover letter to have on hand when I go on an interview. Once I graduated and finished my summer work program, I prepared myself for my freshmen year of college. My plan for my freshmen year was to focus solely on school and not work. My plan changed when I got a call from Ms. Willard asking if I would be interested in mentoring the high school students that would be in the CTIES class. At the time I was skeptical and not sure if I would be able to balance both school and mentoring, but Ms. Willard convinced me to fill out the application and interview for the position. I was hired as a PSW (Peer Support Worker) and it is now going on four years. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a mentor to all the students in the CTIES and ILP programs. Being a PSW has helped me with my future career in becoming a high school counselor. I have had the opportunity to help my peers in financial aid, scholarships, interviewing skills, resumes, and other beneficial tools that will help the students grow in their future. I am currently entering my senior year at California State University, Bakersfield. I am majoring in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice.
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