Central Catholic Blue & White Newsletter- Spring 2018

ALUMNI SPOTLI GHT

J OSEPH R ETTINGER ’14 Joseph Rettinger, a graduate from the Class of 2014, currently attends Saint Louis University where he studies Economics. Recently, Joseph received an invitation for a prestigious summer internship. As the young alumni spotlight, Joseph gives us insight as to what he’s been up too and how Central Catholic played a role in his collegiate success. Get to know him more in this interview below! find a lot of interesting trends and stories of why things happen the way they do, and that is why I love what I study. Additionally, it has given me the tools I need to succeed in the career path I want to pur- sue, which is the biggest reason of all. What are you involved in at SLU? What words of encourage- ment do you have for high school students to get them involved? At Saint Louis University, I’m involved in Economics Club, Active Minds, Labre Ministry to the Homeless, Student Activity Board, Assorted Intramural Sports. The advice I would give to high school students is the same as what my parents have told me and that is that you get out what you put in. By that I mean when you get to college, you no longer have the same structure and supports that you have had before. It becomes your re- sponsibility to try new things and take yourself out of your comfort zone because that is when you grow as a person. The groups that I have been involved with at SLU have not all been concurrent and that is because I have put myself into positions to try different things. Being involved on your campus, in any fashion, will allow you to meet a lot of people and make new friends.

What are your fondest memories of Central Catholic High School? Thinking back on the four years I spent at Central, one of my fondest memories comes from the unique freshman lock-in experience my classmates and I attended. Unsure yet as to how high school would be, the lock-in provided a bonding experience that became the base our brotherhood would be built on. Not knowing many people out- side of middle school relationships yet, the lock-in was where every- one first started to get to know each other and I know it is where I first made a lot of my best friends. Why did you choose Saint Louis University (academics, stellar reputation, faith, extracurricular programs, etc)? What are you getting your degree in and why? Coming to Saint Louis University (SLU) had a lot to do with my de- sire to explore living in new places. While San Antonio will always be home, I realize that there is a lot more the world has to offer, and I want to see as much as I can. I knew I wanted to continue my education in a fashion similar to one I have always known; smaller and religiously affiliated. When I came and toured our campus here, I knew I had found a place that provided a mixture of everything I was looking for. Saint Louis Uni- versity offered on-campus activities, education emphasizing the Jes- uit tradition, a large metro area, highly regarded academics, and hon- estly, having a Major League Baseball team one Metro stop away from campus was an added bonus. I chose to get my degree in Economics through the Chaifetz Busi- ness School because it has become a passion of mine. Studying eco- nomic data allows you to understand the world in a clear and concise way, free from all of the noise and agendas that most information is disseminated through. When you drill down through data you can

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