Mateo Frisz has always dreamed of following in his father’s footsteps as a police officer dedicated to making a difference in his community. Currently a police explorer with the Foster City Police Department, where his dad works, Mateo, is well on his way to fulfilling his dream.
“I began the process last September, and graduated from the Explorer Academy in December 2019. I was grateful to have many of the officers from FCPD be there in support of my achievement and have since worked at the department as much as possible. I have gained lots of knowledge surrounding the career and have been able to help and serve the community better because of it,” he said.
This fall, Mateo is off to the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he plans to study sociology.
“I am majoring in sociology to better understand the community and to better help the community in times of need,” Mateo said. “After I graduate from college, I intend on applying to become a police officer and hopefully enter the academy soon thereafter.”
Mateo began his studies as a transfer student at Serra his sophomore year and remembers his first day well.
“It was my first day at Serra and I had no idea what was going on, I also knew no one around me so I tried to stick with my homeroom group as best as possible,” he said. “It ended up being the Jungle Game Rally and I enjoyed watching it!” Rallies continue to be one of Mateo’s favorite Padre traditions.
During his years at Serra, Mateo became the varsity basketball manager his junior year and a member of Campus Ministry’s Encounter Team, which he would categorize as a life-altering experience.
“My greatest accomplishment to date would most definitely be being able to lead Kairos 26. I went on K-23 my junior year and absolutely loved it. It was quite honestly a life-changing experience and I benefited greatly from it,”Mateo said. “The next year, I applied to be on Encounter Leadership and was accepted by Campus Ministry. I was chosen to lead K-26. Though it was a long and tough process to prepare for this retreat, I felt proud of the work that my group and I accomplished. My hope is that the retreat we led changed lives for the better.”
HIs time at Serra has been instrumental in creating the man Mateo is today.
“Serra High School has taught me to be kind to others and the importance of representing one's self as well as an institution. I have learned many things about myself such as my ability to do well academically and how I can be myself without worrying about what others think. I feel safe and cared about at Serra,” Mateo said.
Mateo has his parents to thank for their unconditional support. “I want to thank my parents for shaping me into the person that I am today,” he said. “Without their love and constant support, I wouldn't be where I am today. They have helped me through certain struggles, and have always been there for me no matter what. I appreciate their enthusiasm for my achievements and their encouragement even after mistakes.”
All the best to you at UC Santa Cruz and beyond, Mateo! Congratulations!