Freshman year of high school can be a crazy, scary, sacred time. It is the beginning of young adulthood when balancing education, friendships, family, and one’s own identity becomes a little more difficult. For Saul, Class of 2020, freshman year was the start of many big decisions.
Saul began his high school career at Cristo Rey Jesuit. He was excited for high school, but anxious to succeed and find a place to belong. After finishing his freshman year and feeling like Cristo Rey Jesuit was where he was meant to be, his family decided to move back to Guadalajara, Mexico.
Saul had been a Milwaukee resident since he was three years old. Playing with friends on Milwaukee’s south side and helping his dad manage their many apartment properties was familiar to Saul. Moving to a new country, needing to make new friends, finding a new normal would be a big change.
Beginning his sophomore year in Guadalajara, Saul found school simple and undemanding; nothing like his work at Cristo Rey Jesuit. While he loved being in his family’s hometown, he knew he wanted more. When hearing his sister, Vianney, was coming back to Milwaukee to pursue her college education in nursing, Saul quickly decided to move back with her.
Saul re-entered Cristo Rey Jesuit in the middle of his sophomore year, and now as a rising senior continues to impress his teachers with his hard work, commitment to education, and mature attitude. Not only does Saul manage his daily school tasks, but also manages his father’s many properties in the area. When asked what Saul’s advice is for underclass-men and -women, he states, “Work hard. Don’t let anyone get in the way of your dream. Don’t just make it a dream, make it a goal.”