Students filled the flats under a brilliant sun, gaining newfound appreciation for the multitude of careers and academic pathways within their reach after graduation. Northridge, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Southwestern Law, Dominguez Hills, Cal State LA, LACC, LA Trade Tech, and East Los Angeles College participated in the annual event, fielding questions from enthusiastic Sentinels.
Spearheaded by A-G counselors Gerardo Marquez and Angela Mora, this informational extravaganza profoundly impacted Belmont students. “It’s a joy to see students preparing to take the next step after high school by learning what options are available to them at these types of events,” noted Marquez.
Ninth grade student Jasmine Sanchez recently remarked about the impressive gender representation at the event. “Meeting a firefighter who is a female was very inspirational to me and proves that you can be part of a profession regardless of what others say or expect,” noted Sanchez. “Meeting her reminded me that I can be someone in the future who will help others.” A representative from the FBI and an architect were also on hand to shed light upon other career aspirations.
Senior Andre Le La Luna was equally dazzled by the array of career options for seniors who are still on the fence about their lives post-graduation. “I feel like Mr. Marquez and Mrs. Mora did a spectacular job of bringing different careers to Belmont to spark the interest of students.” Senior Eduardo Hernandez agrees. “I think Mr. Marquez and Mrs. Mora are really dedicated to helping us,” said Hernandez. “They want us to go out there and explore all the choices we have in life.”
Stephanie Trejo, Angela Mora, and Gerardo Marquez will continue their classroom visits this semester, helping Sentinels understand the scope of the A-G requirements. “We continue to try to engage students who are not engaged in their education,” said Marquez. “We continue to connect with those students off track to graduate and find an appropriate pathway where they can earn their high school diploma.”
Seniors on campus certainly appreciate the attention from this trio of counselors. “They are very supportive and I’m glad seniors have someone to count on when they feel confused or wonder about their progress towards graduation,” said Daniela Romero.
Please see Herrera, Mora, or Marquez if you have any questions or concerns about reaching the graduation stage this June.