Written by Marie Kane |
Photos by Trinity Brown |
Class of 2018 graduate Trinity Brown is now at Penn State, double majoring in criminology and international relations specializing in national security. There are multiple reasons as to why Trinity chose this college, but she was interested in the political science programs.
Before graduating, she was ready to begin a new chapter in her life. Trinity still feels that same exciting feeling after graduating. She was ready to leave Connecticut. She said, “Don’t get me wrong, I loved growing up here, and I feel incredibly blessed to have received the education I had in CT. However, there’s something more to the world, and going out of state is so incredible.” She is close enough to where she could be home in a few hours but is also far enough away to experience other people and places. Trinity said, “Going out of state allows me to get out of my comfort zone and experience a lot of concentrated change in culture, weather, scenery.” Trinity gets a better feel for the real world and can see what else is in store for her.
Science teacher Emily Lisy is another reason for why Trinity chose Penn State. This is because Mrs. Lisy introduced her to that college. Trinity said, “I could never thank her enough.” Her sophomore year after a parent-teacher meeting, Mrs. Lisy asked Trinity if she had started to think about college. She said, “She told me that she graduated from Penn State and explained to me how amazing the school truly is.” Ever since that moment, Trinity knew she wanted to attend PSU.
Trinity loves meeting new people and said how it’s the best part about being in college. “My best friends are some of the most amazing people in this world, and I would have never met them if I didn’t go to college.” She reassures future college students because according to Trinity, “Everyone in college is trying to figure themselves out, what they want to do, and who they want to be. Together you can find your way and make incredible relationships with people from around the world.”
She described college as exciting, which is no surprise. She said, “It’s new, and there’s so many possibilities and people to connect with.” She described high school as stressful “mostly due to the constant worry that one bad grade would cause me to never get accepted into any college.” Trinity wishes she knew that you do not have to have your entire life figured out and planned perfectly because “College is about figuring out what you want to do, so don’t stress about not having the perfect plan.”
She felt more than prepared to graduate. She said, “I believe that I was more than ready to start the next chapter of my life, and Morgan prepared me for that.” If she could go back to high school, Trinity would try to not let the little stuff upset her: “I would get so worked up over the smallest things, like drama, and worry myself into a full blown panic attack. Stepping back and realizing how small my problems were and how little they actually affected me, would have been so beneficial for me.”
“As strange as it may be, I miss having all of my classes in one building.” Trinity has a 9 a.m. class a 20 minutes walk from her dorm. The next class is a 15-minute walk for her in the opposite direction. “By the time I go back to my dorm, it’s a 35-minute walk back.”
Her freshman year, Trinity’s French class with former teacher Jean Sunny was funny. She said, “Mrs. Sunny was always interesting and made class fun.” She described a time one day when Mrs. Sunny randomly pulled out a baby doll from a bag. She said, “That class is just something I’ll remember forever.”
In ten years, Trinity sees herself working for the government and hopes to travel frequently. The advice she has for this years’ seniors is to focus and push through senioritis. She said, “You’re almost done, and graduation is around the corner so hold on a little longer!”