Cathy Fritz remembers how nervous she was when she first enrolled at Cuyamaca College a generation ago. That’s why she is so committed to making certain the students she now serves today in the campus Counseling Center are made to feel at home as soon as they walk in the door.
“I love when I’m filling in at the front desk and greeting the students when they walk in,” Cathy said. “We’re often the first faces they see when they get here, so its important to leave a great first impression.”
A native of San Diego who grew up in El Cajon, Cathy enrolled at Cuyamaca when she was in her 20s and had already given birth to two boys – one of whom would later graduate from Cuyamaca College. Her ultimate goal was to earn a master’s degree and work as a marriage and family therapist, but her plans changed after transferring to San Diego Christian College, where Cathy earned a bachelor’s degree in human development.
Instead, she continued to focus on raising her family – she and her husband have been married for 32 years – but returned to Cuyamaca College to work part-time at the front desk in the Counseling Center. Now a full-time student services assistant, Cathy helps keep the office running smoothly by doing everything from setting up counseling appointments to staffing the front desk.
“It is really nice working in this office,” she said. “Everybody works really well together, we all support each other and help fill in whenever it’s needed. The counselors are wonderful, and we’re all here to help our students succeed.”