Oaks Christian Online School

A Christian, Independent, College-preparatory Online School and Founder of the Online Christian Consortium

Alumni

  • Andrés (Andy) Aragón
    Class Of:
    2016
    City:
    Valencia
    State:
    California
    Country:
    USA
    Interests/Hobbies:
    I like movies. I feel like I can’t say more after that! Video games are fun, love adventuring, I golf a little, and I’m an amateur photographer, but the only thing that I like more than watching movies is making them.
    Where you are now and what you are doing?:
    I’ve been in the LA area for about 5 years. Moved out here to act but after a few years of constant scrutiny, either I was too nerdy for the cute guy, or too cute for the nerdy guy, I felt my skills would be better used behind the camera. I’m a cinematographer. I’ve always loved technology, cameras, lenses and the power that a frame or image can have on someones emotion and conscious. However, because im still in school, I don't have the skill to shoot a full production, so I work as a camera assistant! I’m a 1st Assistant Cameraman. It sounds like I'm someones assistant, I kinda am, but I’m in charge of the camera department. It’s a key position. I make sure everything is in order with the camera, set up per the cinematographers specifications, and while the camera is rolling I pull focus and make sure that what we want to see is crisp and in focus. On occasion, I’ll be a 2nd AC. That’s that person that slates the shots and assists the first with lenses, batteries, and other camera needs. I’ve been doing it for about a year and apparently it’s rare for someone my age to have a position like this. But I must be doing something right if they keep calling me in!
    How did you grow and what did you learn from being an oco student?:
    It’s a different situation. I think all OCO Student do online because they have a passion or skill that they are trying to develop and need the extra time. I needed flexibility in my schedule while acting. As I transitioned over to cinematography, I used the time I had at home to stock up in knowledge about camera, lenses, lights, and films in general. In my occasion, the ‘college prep’ came in two way. Academically, I wasn’t shocked at all by the work load. OCO teachers make sure that you get your work out in high school so that college can be a breeze. But I also experienced that because I had the extra time I was ahead of many of my class mates, and even super class men, in my film classes. That freedom to focus on what I wanted to do allowed me to advance greatly. It was tough, though! Online isn't for everyone. First of, you’re teaching yourself most of the time, and second you have to be on top of your deadlines or else assignments will stack up and next thing you know the two week late deadline is right around the corner! (Mrs. Farinacci was great at reminding me about that…) Regardless of the struggles you may face with the course work, it’s a great environment. The teachers are extremely encouraging, the students are all in the same situation so we definite understand each other, and you get to learn at your own space. Whether you’re a fast learner and hate the hassle of other students slowing you down, or you like to take your sweat time to soak it all in, online classes give you the liberty to learn your own way.

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  • Isabelle Leon
    Class Of:
    2016
    City:
    Thousand Oaks
    State:
    California
    Country:
    USA
    Interests/Hobbies:
    Jump rope, Watercolors, Pilates, Fashion, Guitar and Piano
    Where you are now and what you are doing?:
    I am soon to start my sophomore year at Seattle Pacific University (in Seattle, Washington), majoring in Music Therapy with an emphasis in Psychology. I also hope to receive a Pilates teaching certification, and learn the Korean language to do my music therapy internship in South Korea.
    How did you grow and what did you learn from being an oco student?:
    I learned from being an OCO student how to self-manage, schedule, and prioritize my life with my education. OCO gave me self-discipline that I have carried all the way to college. If I had not gone to OCO, I don’t know if I would have made it out of my severe Freshman year at university. The faculty at OCO made me feel so loved, even when I was honestly a handful. I genuinely miss interacting with them; I feel like I am one of the few of my friends that miss my high school and the staff. They have left an unmovable warm spot in my heart that will encourage me in my life forever. I also grew massively in my relationship with God at OCO. I learned how to understand God through myself, and not just through what others tell me.

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  • Jack Hein
    Class Of:
    2016
    City:
    Fruita
    State:
    Colorado
    Country:
    USA
    Interests/Hobbies:
    Jack: Rugby, cooking, and growing succulents
    Where you are now and what you are doing?:
    I am currently attending Colorado mesa University and working on getting my bachelor’s degree in marketing as well as playing for the school’s rugby team, and beginning the possess of going to play ruby abroad and gaining internships to help start my professional career after I graduate from College.
    How did you grow and what did you learn from being an oco student?:
    I grew in many ways while attending OCO from improving academically, in my relationship with Christ, as well as having to dive into to the many different cultures that congregate within OCO. In my four years as a student I experienced things that would have never happened in a normal brick and mortar school, an example of this is how many OCO pushes you outside of your comfort zone by integrating you with students are from different countries and cultures. Which prepared me for college in the best way possible, being able to feel comfortable in interacting with the many different people and cultures that attend and are at my College. I was one of the original students who attended OCO and over the time I was there the faculty were more than helpful and dint just treat you as a number or as a cookie cutter student, they treated you like and individual who has their own learning needs, which prepared me for college and life.

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  • Julia Conoscenti
    Class Of:
    2017
    City:
    Thousand Oaks
    State:
    California
    Country:
    USA
    Interests/Hobbies:
    One of my main interests through most of my life was anything and everything that involved film. I was enraptured by the way they were able to bring these creations to life amongst the screen and move an audience. I knew from the moment I was little that I wanted to be involved in the film industry someway, so I spent most of my time acting, writing songs, singing, taking dance classes. Most of my hobbies/interests revolved around the Arts. I also ran Track & Field for ten years.
    Where you are now and what you are doing?:
    I am currently going to Moorpark college for a year with aspirations to go to a film school after, possibly in Vancouver or New York. My family and I are in the middle of filming a brand new show, and I am pursuing internships for Broadcast journalism.
    How did you grow and what did you learn from being an oco student?:
    It’s amazing to physically witness my own growth and my own sense of self that came from being a OCO student. OCO helped shaped me in ways that prepared me for the toughness of the world and the physically and mental challenged of a University. They guided me through out the years, helping me set up a foundation for me and my future. It was great to see other people who expressed the same interests I did for I was able to learn from them and their crafts. The teachers were the most supportive, caring people I have encountered and they were always there to help pray and guide you. I will take their strong words of wisdom and intellect and use them with me through out my career.

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  • Madison Frink
    Class Of:
    2016
    City:
    Topanga
    State:
    California
    Country:
    USA
    Interests/Hobbies:
    Volleyball, Cooking, Hiking, Water Sports (Stand Up Paddle Boarding), Country Music, Hockey
    Where you are now and what you are doing?:
    Second-year at University of California Davis. Training as an EMT.
    How did you grow and what did you learn from being an oco student?:
    OCO taught me how to be an independent learner in school and in life. It also taught me communication skills. Most importantly, Oaks helped me to grow in my faith with God. Before coming to Oaks, I did not have a strong faith in God, but that completely changed when I attended this school. Because of OCO, my relationship with God is much stronger and I have even attended church while in college-something I had never done before in my life.

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  • Makena Frink
    Class Of:
    2016
    City:
    Topanga
    State:
    California
    Country:
    USA
    Interests/Hobbies:
    Volleyball, Cooking, Exercising, Road tripping, Country Music, Hockey
    Where you are now and what you are doing?:
    Second-year at University of California Davis. Studying as a Managerial Economics Major.
    How did you grow and what did you learn from being an oco student?:
    Okas Christian Online taught me how to be independent and how to manage my time better. It also taught me to communicate better with others. Oaks also helped me to be more open-minded.

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  • Megan McClain
    Class Of:
    2017
    City:
    Westerville
    State:
    Ohio
    Country:
    USA
    Interests/Hobbies:
    I enjoy so many hobbies one of them being showing horses competitively across the country. I also love to sing and dance, as well as read, explore, and be outdoors in God’s creation. But also enjoying time with my wonderful family and friends.
    Where you are now and what you are doing?:
    . Right now I will be attending Biola University in La Mirada, California to get my bachelors in Biology and a pre-medical track and hopefully get into medical school to get my M.D/PhD and become a medical research physician and also do medical missions.
    How did you grow and what did you learn from being an oco student?:
    Oaks Christian Online has taught me so many wonderful things. The Lord has really blessed me, nurtured me, and grown me through Oaks. I have learned how to really take ownership of my own work, time management, and grown me as an academic scholar to think deeper. Not only that, but I have grown spiritually through Oaks, the Lord has blessed me with some incredible mentors and life-long friends through this program. But, has also revealed to me pieces of who He is, from how deep His love and grace is for His people, to how incredibly powerful He is and how with Him, nothing is in impossible.

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  • Taylor Hein
    City:
    Fruita
    State:
    Colorado
    Country:
    USA
    Interests/Hobbies:
    Soccer, Writing, Film.
    Where you are now and what you are doing?:
    I am currently attending Chapman University. I will be taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities in the film and television industry this fall. I continue to pursue a career in screenwriting.
    How did you grow and what did you learn from being an oco student?:
    I grew through both the academic rigor of OCO and the opportunities for spiritual growth cultivated by the courses and the caring faculty. I grew up in a Christian family; I learned about Scripture and theology from a young age. However, at Oaks, I learned that my faith is not transferable. This intimate relationship that we have with Christ as believers cannot be inherited from our parents, but rather it is an independent spiritual journey that we must embark on ourselves. This was my biggest journey and transformative experience throughout my four years at the school. OCO provides students with an incredibly nourishing environment to excel in your studies while being able to develop and explore your faith. Essentially, I excelled academically because I was growing spiritually. The teachers and faculty not only care about your mind, but they are concerned with your heart above all else. I learned about Christ at OCO, but one of the foremost aspects of scholastic success that I have learned from being a student at OCO is how to have an unrelenting work ethic in spite of tempting and easy opportunities to procrastinate. Attending online school requires amazing self-motivation. To bring yourself to sit down at your computer everyday and carry out your coursework with focus and drive was no easy task. So, going into college having mastered this makes me more prepared for the workload and more capable of pursuing challenging academic and spiritual endeavors. I feel completely ready for college, which is a rarity for high schoolers.

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