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Andrea Ortiz

Andrea earned the International Baccalaureate Diploma from Curie Metropolitan High School.

"I'm grateful to have been a part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Now that I'm in college, my essays are a breeze. I am able to manage my time. In all honestly, from all the work and hours of homework given to me in high school, I'm less stressed out in college. As each quarter goes by, more is expected of me, and I'm prepared to give it my all. I wouldn't have done it without the motivation of my parents and support from all my amazing teachers in high school.  Without it, I wouldn't have heard about the College Connect program." 

"I realized I didn't just want to attend college, I wanted to attend DePaul."

"Being a former College Connect participant is an honor. I learned so much about soldiers at war, Vietnam and immigrants coming to America during the course I took in the program. Most importantly, my experience in College Connect pushed me to work harder in school. 
"After College Connect, I realized I didn't just want to attend college, I wanted to attend DePaul. I was able to network and find students and faculty at DePaul that would help me with questions about DePaul or the college process in general. I remember Amanda Parada-Villatoro, the assistant director of Community Outreach, being really helpful and making college not seem stressful. 
"My DePaul student mentors during the program were simply amazing. I kept in touch with them, and now we work together in the Community Outreach Program as peer guides. I always stress to the Chicago Public Schools students that I meet how the College Connect program is a great opportunity and can help you get a foot in the door for college. Personally, it has opened doors and opportunities for me. I was lucky. I feel that more students should have the opportunity to be reached to about this program. Being a peer guide allows me to talk about my experience and motivate them to apply."​