Christie Alonso

Christie Alonso

Christie Alonso

Teacher, San Jose Fe y Alegria primary school
Spring Hill College  2014
Major: Early Childhood Education
Fun Fact: Is her best self while dancing; it brings her profound joy and refuels her

Why did you choose your major?

My mom is a Spanish teacher and growing up my brothers and I would be her helpers after school. I’ve always loved working with the little ones, using creativity, and wanted a profession in which I could serve others. Being a teacher was the perfect combination of those things.

What activities were you involved in during college?

I taught Zumba classes weekly, was President of the Students for Life Club, a member of the SHAPE retreat team and served with the International Service Immersion Program in Kingston, Jamaica and Managua, Nicaragua.

What was the most inspiring experience you had in college?

I was inspired to accept myself and be my best self during my sophomore year in college. That spring, I lost all of my hair to alopecia universalis and since then I have grown. I have grown to love myself as I am, to embrace the flaws, and to be able to give in abundance from that.

Who is your role model and why?

My grandfather Reinaldo is the hero in my family. His courage and resilience is something I strive for. He was a political prisoner in Cuba and escaped to freedom on a small boat. He later risked being recaptured by returning to Cuba to bring my grandmother’s family to freedom. He was entregado a Dios and devoted to Our Lady of Charity, and it was exemplified in the way he lived each day.

How would your friends and family describe you?

A gentle dancing spirit con corazón

What social justice issues are you most passionate about?

I’m most passionate about the pro-life movement and upholding the sanctity of life at all stages. I believe social justice begins in the womb.

 What do you wish other people knew about JVC?

Embracing the unknown and jumping into the uncomfortable is one of the most beautiful ways to encounter God. JVC provides an incredible formation that supports you in-country and fosters a glorious growth.