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Major: Sociology

Activities: Pacific Ambassador, Resolution Project

What's next: Will spend a year in Sacramento as part of "City Year," a program administered by AmeriCorps that selects some of the best and brightest graduates from across the nation to help students overcome challenges they face in and out of school

Chad Fraga '14

Outstanding Student Chad Fraga
“At Pacific, you come for academic excellence, but you learn inside and outside of the classroom. Pacific isn’t just a place to get a degree – it’s a place where learning is fostered in every part of campus.”

Chad Fraga knew from a very young age that he wanted to make a difference in his community, and immediately upon graduating from Pacific, he'll be doing just that. Chad will head to Sacramento for City Year, an innovative program run through AmeriCorps that aims to reduce the high school dropout rate by partnering with school districts to provide one-on-one support and resources to at-risk students.

"City Year's goals and mission really fit in with what I want to do with my life," Chad said. "We have to ask ourselves, do we want to build more prisons, or build minds? I'm not taking a year off after college; I'm taking a year on."

And Chad knows that his experiences at Pacific - his time as a Pacific Ambassador in which he mentored new students, his work with the Resolution Project, where his "Tigers Give Back" campaign mentored at-risk youth in Stockton and took him to present his work at the Clinton Global Institute- have prepared him for the challenging and rewarding road ahead.

"At Pacific, you come for academic excellence, but you learn inside and outside of the classroom," he said. "Pacific isn't just a place to get a degree - it's a place where learning is fostered in every part of campus."