Chrissy Garcia graduated from the Digital Citizens Bootcamp Cohort 1. We sat with Chrissy to talk about her experience and any advice she has for other students.
Where are you heading for school?
Currently I am a graduate student at Florida A&M University studying Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
What year are you in?
Well, Pharmacy requires a total of 6 years and I am currently in my 3rd year.
Where did you grow up and go to high school?
I grew up in the infamous Liberty City and I attended Miami Coral Park and Miami Northwestern high school. I must also note that I graduated in the top 10% of my class and managed to attain multiple scholarships and honorable achievements.
How did you find out about the bootcamp?
I was actually a summer intern for EcoTech Visions and through that internship, I was granted the opportunity to attend the Digital Citizens boot camp which was a very rewarding experience.
What made you apply to the Digital Citizen Bootcamp?
I applied because I knew it was an opportunity that doesn’t come around often. Being in Liberty City, it is very hard to find a free educational program specializing in web development, programming, and business professionalism.
What valuable information did you learn that you can apply to your education and career goals?
Besides being a Pharmacist, I would like to also become an entrepreneur. Being in this program has provided me with so much information pertaining to how to build an online presence, how to effectively market your business, how to strengthen your interpersonal skills, and so much more.
What is your most memorable experience during bootcamp?
Honestly, there were so many unforgettable experiences which makes it very hard to only name one. However, one of the most memorable experiences were attending a business pitch in Brickell. It was something I have never experienced before and it was mind-boggling to me because I noticed the lack of colored people in the room. I was thrilled when Carlos invited us there because it was an event that would broaden our horizons and give us exposure outside of the Liberty City area.
What advice would you give a student about to start the bootcamp?
“My advice would be to take it very serious. I understand at times it may get hard and time consuming but I guarantee you, it will be worth it. Honestly, I even struggled at times trying to manage my time because outside of the bootcamp I was taking classes at Miami Dade and also working. No matter how hard it gets, I would urge any student to not give up. The greatest feeling is graduating and being able to list this bootcamp as an accomplishment. All students should keep in mind that these free opportunities do not occur often, so take advantage! My class was actually the 1st cohort to endure plus complete the bootcamp and I hope it is not the last. Good Luck!”