Colin Schwartz

What year did you graduate?
2010

Where are you living now?
Planet Earth

What do you enjoy doing?
Being outside, making friends, exploring new places.

What did you do in High School?
Spirit Commissioner, Wellness Commissioner, Dodgeball Club President, Soccer, Badminton!

What are you doing now?
Moving to Alaska to work as a Marine Biologist on fishing boats. Spent last year leading luxury bicycle vacations around the world.

What surprised you about life after high school?
Especially after college for me, I found life to be truly a blank slate. It is up to each person to live how they’d like to, but learn to live with the consequences!

Any advice for future bearcats?
I have lots of advice, but it’s hard to tell what would be most helpful. It depends on the person! I would say: Take a step back from your own life once in a while. Evaluate where you are or what you’re doing, and accept constructive feedback from yourself or others. Then, dive back into your world 100%, make the changes you need to chase your dreams, and be sure to help others along the way. Don’t be afraid to fail sometimes too!
Of course I also have to say… Wear orange every Friday!

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Life After High School: Vi Viray Bautista

What is your name?
Vi Viray Bautista

What year did you graduate? 
I graduated in 2013.

Where are you now? 
Chicago, Illinois. Currently in my Sophomore year at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, or more commonly known as SAIC, in league with the AIC museum—not the chain of Art Institutes or Academy of Arts trade schools—I feel like I have to clarify that, since most people tend to confuse them.

What do you enjoy? 
Hard question. I enjoy exploring, experimenting, and gaining knowledge that I find interesting, especially outside the art & design context. With that in mind, what I also truly enjoy is spending time with people who have that outlook too.

What did you do in high school?
In retrospect, I didn’t do much in high school. I didn’t participate in any extracurricular activities like sports. I was part of the Art Club and Publicationsfor two years, eventually becoming the Editor-in-Chief in Publications during Senior year, although I believe I wasn’t very good at it. Aside from school related activities, Michelle Ragsac (’13), Talia Gurevich(’13), Jean Fan(’13), and I were part of…I guess you’d call it a collective…called “Nofocapoint.” that casually took on projects and kind of did apparel design on the side. It lasted from Freshman year to Junior year. The experience I had with Nofocapoint and Publications geared me to incorporate collaboration within my art/design practice, so I’m grateful I had these experiences.

What are you doing now? 
Right now I’m trying to figure out what I want to do and what I can contribute to the art & design field, so I guess I’m just exploring and finding my place in all of it. In regards to that, I’m currently in a self-designed interdisciplinary curriculum within the Art & Technology Studies (think programming, 3D printing, and rigging arduino boards) and Visual Communication Design (all aspects of graphic design) departments. I’m also threading in Film/Video/New Media waters when a Designed Objects student, a Print Media/Illustration student, and I decided to initiate a multidisciplinary collective called KAIRE in Freshman year; happy to say we’re still going strong with the collective and our works have since been shown in exhibitions, festivals, and film competitions. Outside of Chicago, I’m a contributor for Toronto-based publication, Heights Magazine.

What surprised you about life after high school? 
Acknowledging the obvious dichotomy between high school and college, and how fast you grow up because of it. I don’t mean to sound cliche but it’s incredibly true. When you’re put outside your comfort zone, in my case living and studying across the country and being exposed to a myriad of different possibilities and personalities without anyone you know, you are compelled to grow up. I also underestimated how much autonomy I got after high school and even now, I’m figuring out how to be responsible with it.

Any words of wisdom? 
Aside from setting goals to attend the college of your dreams, really establish what you want to get out of it besides a degree and a job. I’m not admonishing students to avoid college, but if you feel like the college educational system isn’t really engaging you to learn and grow, find ways that will. Also, have fun while you’re still in high school. Appreciate the good and the bad experiences in it and find a balance between work and play.

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Life After High School: Jonathan Pando Ocón

What is your name?
Jonathan Pando Ocón

What year did you graduate?
I graduated from San Mateo High in ’09 (So Fine), then went on to the University of Southern California —“Fight On!” — where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development with a concentration in Sustainability Planning (a mouthful, I know). I graduated in 2013.

Where are you living now?
I’m back home in San Mateo where my awesome parents have taken me back into their home —probably to their regret…I kid, I’m a delightful person.

What do you enjoy doing?
I’m a man of many passions, but what especially tickles my fancy is good music, good food, & good people. What? Too general? OK, I’m a huge geography geek. I love places, spaces, and the people who occupy them. I could sit for hours in a Starbucks and just people watch. Learning about local cultures, trends, and getting to know the people that make a neighborhood ‘unique’ really drives me to travel and immerse myself in my surroundings.
That same drive also extends to uninhabited places as well; our natural environments are just as complex and fascinating as say, San Francisco on a Friday night.

What did you do in high school?
My time as a Bearcat centered around three main interests: (1) Leadership (2) Science (3) Track & Field.

At SMHS, I served as one of two Community Service Commissioners (the other being the lovely Kate Stern) where we rallied our fellow Bearcats to raise over 300,000 lbs of food for Second Harvest! At the time, it was my first major community service project that had an immense impact on me personally — since serving the role, I’ve continued with various volunteer opportunities in and around San Mateo, as well as in Los Angeles.

AP Environmental Science with Mr. Appleman was by far my favorite class. It allowed us to explore our local environments and research systems far away and how everything is connected in one way or another! I also was a big fan of our Biotechnology department and was lucky enough to serve a biotech internship at Genencor in Palo Alto because of it. If you haven’t already, give Mr. Ikeda a visit and take advantage of the resources he gives you! They go a long way.

Lastly, I ran track all four years, year round. I had a knack for it, and immediately fell in love. In fact, I’m currently coaching at SMHS as the new Sprints Coach! I specialized in the 400M dash and encourage everyone to play a sport at some point during their life. It’s by far the best way to learn about hard work, discipline, and improving yourself everyday.

What are you doing now?
I currently run my own business, Concrete Couture Designs, that offers logo/branding design as well as mapping/GIS products. But am currently looking to get out in the world, travel, and learn all I can about communities and people across our globe.

What surprised you about life after high school?
How little I knew and how much there was to explore! High school is great because you make relationships and have experiences you’ll never forget, but once you step out on your own, you begin to realize you haven’t even scratched the surface in this thing called life.

Any words of wisdom for current Bearcats?
Step outside your comfort zone! Anytime you come across an idea, a goal, or an opportunity that requires any sort of change in your life —I highly encourage you to take it. You’re young, you’re developing, you’re adaptable. The more experiences you go through now, the easier it gets to figure out what you really want in life.

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Life After High School: Michael Beery

What is your name?
Michael Beery

What year did you graduate?
2013.

Where are you living now?
I am living in UC Berkeley

What do you enjoy doing?
The flexibility to pursue certain opportunities that were limited in high school Also living in an apartment is pretty fun. It makes you grow up pretty quick.

What did you do in high school?
I tried to do everything in high school and get as complete an experience as I could. That involved music, sports, academics, and building relationships with everyone My favorite part would probably be being able to see so many people I knew all the time. I rarely felt alone.

What are you doing now?
I am a sophomore in U.C. Berkeley with a business major.

What surprised you about life after high school?
Two things really. First is that there are an unimaginable amount of people that have different views on life. Second is that a lot of people have no idea what they’re doing with their life because growing up happens a lot faster than we’d like.

Any words of wisdom for current Bearcats?
Make the most of your opportunities in high school/college. It’s really easy to sit back and let your life run by itself. But you’ll never get anything worthwhile done. Work hard, otherwise you’re just wasting your time. Find what you love and do it to the best of your abilities. And most importantly, whenever you’re stressed or worried about grades/relationships/whatever it may be, take a step back and realize that in the grand scheme of things it doesn’t matter. That bad grade won’t ruin your life. You aren’t numbers on a page, you are your own person.

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