The Multicultural Magnet School recently held its annual career day, drawing guest speakers from across the city. State Sen. Andres Ayala joined police officers, radio personalities and other professionals who came to speak with the students.
Ayala spoke about his work as a senator and the value of public service. Students asked him how he came to run for office and about the kind of jobs available in the public sector. He spoke about his path from city councilman to state senator, and tried to pass along some of the lessons that have guided him.
“I remember being your age and having my school’s principal tell me that there are just two things you need to do in life to reach your goals,” Ayala told the students. “If you work hard and are nice to people, you will achieve what you want in life.”
Following his presentation, Ayala asked the class to tell him what they wanted to do when they grow up. Answers from the engaged and ambitious group of seventh graders ranged from careers in civil engineering to fashion design. Each of them spoke about why they wanted to pursue the career path they are interested in, and talked about the work they would need to do to reach their goals. After class was dismissed, students interested in working for their communities waited to speak with Ayala about pursuing jobs in public service.
“There are few things as rewarding to me as speaking with a group of students and having the opportunity to participate in their education,” Ayala said. “It was fascinating to hear the students talk about their wide range of interests, and I hope that my visit encourages them to work hard and pursue the life they want for themselves.”