By David D’Alonzo
CCC Journalism Program

As she works two jobs and maintains a social life and family time, Camden County College student Cyreelle Cruz is planning to transfer to Rowan University in the fall.

Cyreelle Cruz enjoys some free time.

Cruz is majoring in management of information systems, a subject that bridges business, people and technology. It is a predominantly male field, with 71.2 percent of computer information systems managers being men, according to DATAUSA.

Cruz said her childhood helped her gain a sense of responsibility. “When I was younger, my dad always worked and we never really had our own place. It made me try to be a lot more responsible with money as I grew up,” Cruz said. “I also try to get the best grades as I can as I was raised in a household that prioritized high marks.”

Cruz has two jobs. She works as a hostess/waitress at one job and as a cashier at the other. She said she has the jobs “to make as much money as I can so I can afford things that I want and because I don’t like asking my parents for money,” She noted she and her family are “already sensitive with money as it is. I don’t want to take anything away from them when it can be used for essentials.”

Cruz said her father inspires her, “because I can’t understand how it is to move your two children from your home country (of the Philippines) to a totally new and different place and constantly be working just to provide for them and to make sure they can have the best opportunities in the future.”

Cruz’s friend, Ivy Ren, described Cruz as supportive. “She’s always willing to listen to my problems and is always there when I need someone to talk to. She never failed to cheer me up when I was going through a hard time.”

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