Get to know Cris Vasquez, Middle School Counselor.
"Great people do things before they’re ready.” –Amy Poehler
To me this is about letting go of perfectionism, jumping in, taking risks, and trusting in yourself that you will figure it out as you go. No one ever feels perfectly ready. Nothing is ever perfect.
I attended the University of South Florida for four years, studying Psychology and Gender Studies. I went on to receive my Master’s of Education from DePaul University for Counseling, with a specialization in School Counseling.
Position and title at LatinI'm the Middle School Counselor, and this is my first year at Latin.
.... about letting go of perfectionism, jumping in, taking risks, and trusting in yourself that you will figure it out as you go. No one ever feels perfectly ready. Nothing is ever perfect.
What are your favorite things about Latin? I love the Latin community. The staff, faculty and students have been so welcoming and encouraging. I think it’s really special, and incredibly rare to know people really enjoy working and going to school here.
Why did you decide that you wanted to work at a school? I decided I wanted to be a school counselor because I remember wanting support as a student, and not knowing where to go at times. I wanted to be the person that a kid like me could have gone to for help. I love that working with a school system, I am easily accessible to young people who need counseling services.
What was the last good book you read?The Athropocene Reviewed by John Green– It is both light and funny, but also creates hope from a sense of existentialism that really resonated with me.
What are your hobbies and interests?In my free time I love baking, working out and walking my dog, Hercules Mulligan. I love going to see musicals, movies, and comedy shows. I also love reading and traveling.
What was your first job? My first payroll job was working at a small movie theater in Aviano, Italy during my junior and senior years of high school. It was a lot of fun but also gave me a crash course in time management before going away for college.
What is one piece of advice you would want to tell your high school self? If I could give middle school me only one piece of advice, I would tell her that happiness isn’t given, it’s made. Make your own joy.
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