SBHS alumni speak to students on success


Four successful San Benito High School alumni spoke at a special career day presentation on Monday afternoon. Talking to a room full of juniors and seniors, the four explained their backgrounds in law, medicine and education.

Dr. Ricardo Garcia Jr., DO, showed students that success is within their grasp.

Dr. Garcia, an SBHS graduate, explained that an average of 15 years school and education is common for becoming a doctor, “it’s not unusual to be into your 30s when you become a doctor.”

He focused on the importance of hard work, aside from his several years of school, Garcia works 70-80 hours a week. “I’m just learning right now, basically,” he told the students.

The audience of teenagers on the path to high school graduation listened carefully as the doctor told them to cooperate with their teachers, “Your teachers are here to work hard for you guys – in return, work hard for them.”

Michael Vargas, who has a Master’s in education, and graduated from San Benito High School told students to find a niche in order to stay competitive. He said that while some may not yet know what career path they want to pursue, it’s important they find an area to specialize in.

“I came back to San Benito,” he said, “to help make it better than it was before I was here.”

Carol Sanchez, is an attorney at law and a 2005 SBHS graduate.

She said, students must “Think bigger.”

Often, Sanchez said, “you think of San Benito as a small city.” It’s worth students getting “out of that mindset,” she explained.

Pharmacist Michael Garcia, who happens to Dr. Garcia’s brother, spoke to the students about how closely pharmacists must work with the doctors to ensure proper medications are administered.

Sandra Ruiz, Higher Education Coordinator for SBHS, said that she’d spoken with Dr. Garcia shortly before the Christmas holidays. He expressed an interest in arranging for a group of his friends to speak to students who are now preparing for college.

Ruiz said that the goal was to get students to look into some of the various fields they can enter, “medical, pharmacy, law and education.”

If there is one thing that she wants the students to take out of this it’s that, “it’s always great to see these students who went and got these higher degrees.” They are “very selective programs,” she said, and it’s “wonderful for our current students to see that it is within the realm of possibility … (and) dream big.”

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