This month we catch up with Jonathan (JonJon) Shen as he shares his most memorable experiences from St. John’s and words of encouragement for our current students.
College: Santa Clara University
Bachelor’s degree in Finance
Current Occupation: Operations Supervisor, Prestige Automobiles Guam
What do you love most about your job?
Everything! But of course it’s all about taking care of customers. I feel the most satisfaction when I am able to help a customer resolve any situation.
How has attending St. John’s prepared you for success in college and in the workplace?
St. John’s does well encouraging students to maintain studies with a social life. Perseverance, stress, pressure, hard-work, focus, diligence, punctuality were all but a few things an SJS student had to endure to become successful. The academics of SJS were catered to prepare students for the work they would receive in College courses as well as later in life. Also there were plenty of programs and clubs that promoted students to reach out and support the community as well as represent the school.
What courses did you enjoy the most while attending St. John’s?
Science courses were a blast. Especially when it came to lab experiments during chemistry. The most important course and instructor I’ve had was actually Math Review with Mr. Pearson. This course taught more than just math. The amount it takes a person to succeed is similar to taking this course and Mr. Pearson is your guide to push you and see if you have what it takes. Many teachers and staff from SJS have been a great influence to me. It was great to see how much support came from the teachers and staff when it came to participating in charities, interscholastic sporting events, local festivities…etc.
Do you still keep in touch with your St. John’s school friends?
Yes. Thankfully we live in a generation where Social Media is the new landscape for communication. Although it is much more simpler to find your friends online, it is still difficult at times cause we can all be many different time zones apart.
What experiences from St. John’s are the most memorable?
Sporting events were incredibly fun. The best days I can remember were days where we celebrated school spirit and had Faculty vs. Student games. Volleyball was probably the best one to play against the faculty.
What words of encouragement or advice can you share with current St. John’s high school students?
“When there’s a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra
Don’t let challenges dissuade you from moving forward. Keep calm, think fast, speak slow.