I remember the feeling of apprehension and dread as I walked through the doors of Trinity on the first day of school my freshman year. It’s hard to believe that I once was a shy, nervous freshman with braces, too thick of hair, and an athletically focused mindset. In many ways, I came in with pre-set expectations of what high school was supposed to be. I was supposed to focus on basketball, succeed in my classes, and maybe try a few clubs along the way. However, my experience at Trinity not only exceeded my expectations, it entirely transformed my identity.
Throughout my four years at Trinity, I have grown tremendously as an individual and as a leader. I have taken challenging courses as an IB Diploma student that have not only introduced me to new material but shaped and strengthened my perspective on a variety of outlooks. I’ve been able to form a flag football club, serve as President of the Ronald McDonald Teen Advisory Board at Loyola, work as an assistant editor for this year’s edition of Wyndword, serve as a co-president on the National Honor Society, and attend KAIROS as a leader. Trinity has provided me with incredible opportunities to develop my sense of self and delve into my passions through these four years. Looking back, it’s hard to believe that I was once a timid and overwhelmed freshman – I mean, I dressed up as Avril Lavigne this year for Halloween and ran through the cafeteria singing “Sk8r Boi.”
Most importantly, Trinity has given me a powerful voice in my development as a young woman. I am no longer nervous about sharing my beliefs, ideas, or thoughts, and I am confident that Trinity has provided me the strength to flourish in my future. This fall, I will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign as a member of the Business Honors Program. I am so incredibly excited about my future and so thankful that I was able to call Trinity High School “home” for the past four years.
Alexandra Lukas, Hauser Junior High, Riverside, IL
The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign