Planning Ahead: Unconventional College Majors

As we prepare to say goodbye to our graduating senior class, we want to remind our students that college is an experience meant for them to grow, learn, and find a career path that means something. There are traditional majors available at every school such as Business, Communications, Psychology, Pre-med and more, but there are also many other exciting options out there for students wanting to try something different.

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Do you dream of working with the stars? At USC, you can major in various facets of Theatre, numerous types of Performance, Dance, Animation & Digital Arts, and even Writing for Screen & Television!

If owning a bakery has been a life-long dream, then the Bakery Science & Management major at Kansas State University should be considered. The major trains students for research, administrative, production, or executive positions within the industry, or students can choose to study quality control and research and development.

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For the students who love binge watching their favorite shows on Netflix or obsessing over celebrities, the Pop Culture major at Bowling Green State University is a perfect match. This major prepares students for careers in journalism, mass media, public relations, and advertising.

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Do you work well with people and want to help them? You can help athletes by becoming an Athletic Training or PGA Golf Management major at UNLV! If you aren’t interested in sports, there are also majors in Restaurant Management and Meetings and Events to help you understanding of the significance of the hospitality industry.

There are also majors in Costume Technology at DePaul University, Floral Management at Mississippi State University, and Adventure Education at Green Mountain College. There is always an option to major in Business or Communications, but minor in Dance, Gender Studies, and more. The possibilities are endless with the help of your trusty counselors, so be sure to visit them early to plan out classes and get advice on majors and minors!

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College is a time to continue your education and prepare yourself for your future. Every major requires the same general educations classes of Math, Science, English, and History; all courses that will help you in the future. It is important to remember to find your passions while you’re there, too! No matter the major or minor, your JSerra family will always be rooting for your success!

Lion Pride!

Hibbard Sisters Take JSerra to a Green Level

Katie & AndyTwo sisters on a mission for more than six years have finally found success that helps the school and the environment.

Kirsty ’11 and Katie Hibbard have contributed years of service to the school by starting the Environmentality Club. Kirsty started the club at JSerra in 2007.  Ever since then, the Hibbard sisters have worked to rid the campus of Styrofoam products.  This year, the Bistro has gotten rid of most of the Styrofoam products and replaced them with biodegradable ones.  This is a huge step in the right direction of being an environmentally conscious campus.

“On behalf of the Environmentality Club, all the students and faculty, we would like to thank Andy Lord and all his bistro staff for the continued excellent food and for getting Styrofoam off our campus,” said Katie.  “As some of us are not aware, at least ¾ of the oceans garbage is Styrofoam, and now we know at least our JSerra community won’t be adding to it.”

Bring your own water bottle or purchase the JSerra Lion Mug through the Lions Corner, and receive free water in the Bistro.  If you bought water everyday from the bistro, you would spend about $30 per month.  That is the equivalent of 10 slurpees you can purchase from the 7/11. So save yourself some money by bringing your own water bottle or purchasing the JSerra mug for only $10.  Plus, you’re saving the environment from all that plastic.

A Year-End Message from Incoming Principal Freeh

Dear Friends,

With great excitement and gratitude my wife, Helen, and I look forward to joining the JSerra family and working together with you in continuing to make our school a model of Catholic secondary education.

We had the great privilege and blessing this past week of welcoming into the world our daughter, Theresa Bernice, an event that reminded me of the unique creation that each of us is. To anyone involved in the high and noble calling of educating the young – parents, teachers, coaches and counselors – the birth of a child urges us to reflect anew on the gift and mystery of all human life and to renew our commitment to helping our sons and daughters fulfill the destiny God intends for them.

In living out our commitment to education, the essential quality for each of us is nothing less than love, for love looks attentively at the other, discerns what is most needed, and works diligently towards that end – creatively, patiently and hopefully. As we end the current academic year and look forward to the year to come, may all who teach do so with love, for only through love can we educate those entrusted to our care.

And warm congratulations to the Class of 2012 and to their proud parents. Godspeed to all the graduates: In your future paths, may you share with others the gifts of learning you have received.


John Freeh

Michael Nowicki Named Scholar Athlete by OC Varsity


A key member for the Lions golf team, Michael Nowicki has also been a standout in his academics and around the school community. Nowicki is currently taking Intro to Philosophy, AP English/Language Composition, AP American Government/Politics, Intro to Film, Physics, Calculus, and Fundamentals and Principals of Radiographic Imaging.

Nowicki is a member of the school’s Habitat for Humanity Club, and is member of the National Honors Society and the California Scholastic Federation, with a 4.40 GPA.

Nowicki is also affiliated with the school’s Pre-Medical Professional Magnet Program, and will attend University of California Los Angeles next fall.

Crimson Pride Has Arrived

The Fall issue of JSerra’s Crimson Pride Magazine has arrived and has all the news, sports and events happening on campus.

This issue includes:

-Cover Boy Austin Hedges

-A commission by President Obama

-International travels, and much more

To view click Crimson Pride. 

More than 1,000 attend JSerra’s first career fair

Representatives from 77 colleges and universities raved about their visits with more than 1,000 students and their families Wednesday night at JSerra Catholic High School’s first annual College Fair.

Photos by James Harrell

“The universities evaluated the event as an overwhelming success,” said JSerra President and CEO Frank Talarico. “We received fantastic feedback from parents, students and university representatives who were delighted they made such essential connections and are already eagerly planning to return next year.”

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A sampling of universities attending the event includes UCLA, Notre Dame, USC, West Point, Cornell, Princeton, University of Virginia, and the 600-year-old University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
“The college representatives were very impressed with our families – and especially our Caritas Christi students,” said Michelle O’Reilly, event coordinator, adding: “The best part: students and their families were able to get firsthand information from many of the nation’s best universities as they prepare for their future.”

JSerra will host another innovative college preparatory event Sunday afternoon. More than 400 people are expected to visit the Center Room for Columbia University’s first-ever informational event on an Orange County high school campus.